Summer Science Research Program

Hofstra University's Summer Science Research Program offers high school students opportunities in science research under the guidance of professionals in science and mathematics. For more than 15 years, HUSSRP has provided selected research-oriented high school students the opportunity to work with our science faculty during the summer in an on-campus research program. The program runs from early July through mid-August culminating in a science "poster session" in early fall where students display the work they performed during the summer. The poster session is open to all students in the program, their families, and their teachers. Students are selected for this program based on their academic qualifications, a teacher's recommendation, and the availability of research mentors in their area of interest.

Science teachers interested in learning about the program are encouraged to come tour our facilities and meet the participating research professors from Hofstra's faculty. Please call the Hofstra Geology, Environment, and Sustainability Department at 516-463-5564 or email Gail Bennington to respond to this invitation.

About the Program

The University offers opportunities for selected research-oriented high school students to work with our science faculty in an on-campus summer research program – the Hofstra University Summer Science Research Program (HUSSRP). HUSSRP is competitive and students must submit a completed application and letter of recommendation from a science teacher by Friday, April 2, 2021. Applications are available online. Students will be selected for this program based on their performance in high school science classes, a personal interview, the high school teacher's recommendation, and the availability of a faculty mentor. Students who are selected must pay a tuition fee of $1,800 to participate in the program.

Selected students will be matched with a participating faculty member based on the student’s research preference and faculty availability. Before being accepted into the program, all students for whom there is a faculty match will be invited to campus for a personal interview to discuss the student’s specific research project. On Tuesday, July 6, 2021, all accepted students must attend a one-hour orientation and laboratory safety session. The summer 2021 program will run Monday through Thursday from July 6 to August 12, 2021. Students are expected to attend a weekly seminar/lunch on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m., otherwise each student will negotiate a work schedule with their respective faculty mentor. Students return to campus for a late afternoon poster session to present the results of their research in early fall (date to be determined).

Summer Science Research Program (SSRP) Tuition and Fees
SSRP Commuter $1,800

Currently there is no residential option for the Summer Science Research Program. Hofstra University reserves the right to alter the policy and schedule of charges without prior notice. These rates are subject to change.

  • Students must be enrolled in 10th or 11th grade at the time the application is submitted;
  • Have had at least one year of a high school laboratory-based science course;
  • Have demonstrated an interest in the sciences;
  • Be willing and able to commit six weeks to full-time scientific research; and
  • Have demonstrated the ability to work independently.

Reviews of applications will begin in April. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is April 1, 2021. The following information must be included in the application form:

  • A statement from the student explaining why they want to engage in a science research project;
  • A letter of recommendation and commitment from a science or math teacher;
  • Students will be asked to select, in order of preference, three research areas in which they would like to participate.
  • A nonrefundable $50 application fee

Review of applications will be performed by a committee consisting of each of the faculty members participating in the program. Selected students may be asked to meet with their prospective research mentor during the first two weeks of May. Final admissions decisions will be made by May 15.

Admission decisions are made without regard to race, gender, ethnicity, religion, or disability. Because we receive many more applications than we have available spots in the program, we cannot guarantee acceptance, even for highly qualified candidates.

If accepted into the program, there is a $1,800 tuition fee:
Tuition Deposit of $500 due by June 1.
Tuition Balance of $1,300 due by July 1.

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Poster Session

The capstone experience of the Hofstra University Summer Science Research Program (HUSSRP) participants comes when students present posters highlighting their summer research activities at a reception for their families, friends, and teachers. Many HUSSRP students go on to enter their research posters in science competitions locally and nationally.

Contact Us

Gail K. Bennington
Director, Hofstra University Summer Science Research Program
Room 140 Gittleson Hall
Hofstra University

Phone: 516-463-4795
Fax: 516-463-5120
Email