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Summer Science Research Program

Summer Science Program Outline

Hofstra University offers opportunities for selected research-oriented high school students to work with our science faculty in an on-campus summer research program (HUSSRP). HUSSRP is competitive and students must submit a completed application and letter of recommendation from a science teacher by Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Applications are available online. Students will be selected for this program on the basis of 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 $1800 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 Monday, July 6, 2020, all accepted students must attend a one hour orientation and laboratory safety session. The Summer 2020 program will run Monday-Thursday from July 6 to August 13, 2020. Students are expected to attend a weekly seminar / lunch on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00 pm, 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).

Program activities will include a campus tour, lectures by faculty or guest speakers, and informal discussions on research activities by students and their mentors. Students are also expected to present posters of their research work in the program at the September reception (see below). Many students go on to enter their project into science competitions and are encouraged to do so. Faculty mentors can provide supporting documentation when needed.