Summer STEM Program for Middle School Students (NUSSP)

*The 2014 NUSSP Application is now available – read below for more info!*

University Students – Apply Here to be a NUSSP Counselor!

Students participate in a wide variety of hands-on STEM activities.

The Northeastern University Summer STEM Program (NUSSP) is a free, academic program run by the Center for STEM Education, which takes an active role in shaping education in students entering grade 6, 7 and 8.

The two-week academic, day program emphasizes increasing students’ mathematics/science skills, introducing them to college life, and stimulating their interest in science and engineering as a potential career path.

Each day, students attend classes that include problem solving, study, research, writing and communication skills incorporated with biology, chemistry, physics, design concepts, and field excursions. Classes are taught by Northeastern graduate students and supported by undergraduate science and engineering students.


July 7-18th (Monday-Friday only), 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

APPLICATION INFORMATION (Read Carefully Before Applying):

The Northeastern University Summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Program is organized to provide activities, experiments, projects, and field experiences for students entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in the fall of 2014. The program promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and supports historically under-served and underrepresented students with limited opportunities. Students attend the program free of charge. Students currently in grade 5, 6, or 7 who have an interest in science and mathematics, at least a B average in science and mathematics courses and a passing score on the state’s standardized science and mathematics tests are eligible to apply. Immediate family members of the university faculty will not be eligible for the program.

The NUSSP is a two-week academic day program that emphasizes increasing students’ mathematics and science knowledge and skills while introducing them to college life and stimulating their interest in science and engineering as a potential career path. Each day, students will attend classes that include problem solving, research, critical thinking and communication skills incorporated with biology, chemistry, physics, environmental sciences, earth sciences, engineering, technology, design concepts, and field excursions. Certified secondary teachers and university faculty will teach the classes.

The program will be held on the campus of Northeastern University located at 360 Huntington Avenue in Boston, MA 02115.

Program participants will be selected from the following from cities and towns within a thirty mile radius of the Northeastern University main campus in Boston.

APPLICATION PROCESS: (see sample application questions)

1 – Parent/Guardian and student complete the following student application form. Link for Online Application (NOTE – see #3 for student essay info – should be done before starting the online application).

2 – Parent/Guardian or student gives a recommendation form to the student’s current science teacher and current mathematics teacher.  Click for NUSSP Teacher Recommendation Forms

3 – Student writes a 250-word essay (NOTE – this should be done BEFORE entering the online application information, as it is part of the online app and this cannot be saved mid-submission).

On page 4 of the application you will be asked to respond to the following essay:

 “Please tell the selection committee why you are interested in attending the 2014 Northeastern University Summer STEM Program. Include in your essay what you hope to gain from this experience, how you think it will help you in the future and why you think you should be selected to attend this camp.”

 You may wish to write this essay in a word processing program before you begin the application and then copy and paste the text into the essay box on page 4

The recommendations are to be sent to Claire Duggan, The Center for STEM Education, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. All requested documents are due by the deadline date, March 31, 2014. If all requested documents are not received by the deadline date, the application will not be considered. A committee will select participants by April 30, 2014.  Student may be interviewed prior to being selected, if deemed necessary. You will receive notification on the status of the application via email no later than April 30, 2014, with written notification soon after. If selected, the student and one parent/guardian must attend one of the mandatory orientations in June . Failure to attend the orientation even if accepted will result in forfeiture of your slot in the program. If you have questions or need additional information, call the Center for STEM Education at (617)373-8380.



Mission Statement:

The mission is to enable youth entering grades 6, 7, and 8 to develop and achieve their full potential through support of social, recreational, and STEM-based educational programs.

Core Principles:

  • Encourage education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Encourage and motivate youth to pursue STEM careers
  • Foster teamwork, leadership, and citizenship


  • To educate students in STEM skills
  • To engage students in the practical aspects of STEM
  • To introduce students to college life
  • To inspire students to pursue careers in STEM fields


  • Teach hands-on, minds-on STEM activities
  • Incorporate activities that enhance communication skills (written and oral)
  • Integrate field excursions to expose students to real-world STEM applications
  • Develop projects and activities that require teamwork and cooperative learning
  • Present opportunities for students to interact with engineers, scientists, researchers, and other professionals

Student Selection:

  • Students entering grades 6, 7, and 8 after the end of the summer
  • Students living within 30 miles of Northeastern University




  • Contact Us

    Center for STEM Education
    520 International Village
    360 Huntington Ave
    Boston, MA. 02115

    Phone: (617) 373-8380
    Fax: (617) 373-7084