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 participate in activities that include problem solving, study, research, writing and communication skills incorporated with biology, chemistry, physics, design concepts, and field excursions. Activities are led by Northeastern graduate students and supported by undergraduate science and engineering students. Every lesson is followed by hands on activities to ensure full understanding of the subject being taught. Last summer, students went on a field trip to Nahant, Massachusetts, where they learned about marine science, recent research Northeastern University has been doing in the field, and personally observed marine life themselves.





KEY DATES:2014-07-08 14.28.42

FALL 2015 Callback: Saturday, November 21st 8am-4pm

Applications Posted: January 2016

Application Deadline: Closed for this year. See you next summer!

2015 Program Dates: July 13-17 and 20-24th, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm



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 2015. 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. Immediate family members of Northeastern University faculty are 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.

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



1 – Students must be MA residents and live within a 30 mile radius of Northeastern University.

2 – Students Entering 6-8th grades the Fall following the program are eligible to apply.  Students from any schools (public, private, home schooled, etc) are eligible.

3 – An even number of males and females will be selected, in addition to an even split between 6,7th and 8th grade students from a diverse range of demographic backgrounds.

4 – Immediate family members of University faculty are not eligible for the program – inquire within for specific review and eligibility.

5 – At most 2 students will be selected from any 1 school, and no more then 3 students will be selected from any particular town or district.

6 – Students may only participate in the program once.


APPLICATION PROCESS: (see sample application questions)

1 – Parent/Guardian and student complete the following student application form. (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 to 500-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 2015 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, 2015. If all requested documents are not received by the deadline date, the application will not be considered. A committee will select participants by May 1st, 2015.  Students 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 May 1st, 2015, 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