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SSP International, Inc.

The educational experience of a lifetime ... since 1959.

aka The Summer Science Program   |   Wilmington, DE   |  http://www.summerscience.org/

Mission

SSP's Values: Values: Collaboration, Community, Exploration, Inclusiveness, Integrity Mission: Identify bright and exceptionally motivated teenagers with untapped potential and a strong interest in science. Challenge them with rigorous, authentic, interdisciplinary research. Accelerate their intellectual and social development through an immersive, transformative experience. Create an inclusive culture based on collaboration. Build a supportive, diverse, life-long community of scientists and leaders. Vision: Tomorrow’s innovators are inspired to work together to advance knowledge and solve the world’s most complex problems.

Ruling year info

1999

Chief Executive Officer

Frank Steslow

Main address

1207 Delaware Avenue #680

Wilmington, DE 19806 USA

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EIN

94-3341965

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Science, General (includes Interdisciplinary Scientific Activities) (U20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Today’s most promising high school students will be tomorrow’s scientists and engineers, doctors and entrepreneurs – the people who invent the future – but only if they realize their potential. These talented and motivated teens have unique needs not often met in their schools: for role models, intellectual challenge, true peers, and the confidence to dream bigger dreams.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Summer Science Program in Astrophysics

After each observing run, the team locates the asteroid’s faint dot among the background stars, then precisely measures its position relative to surrounding stars. Once they have at least three or four observations taken on different nights, they write software in Python to calculate the asteroid’s position and velocity vectors, then transform them into the six orbital elements that characterize the asteroid’s orbital ellipse, using numerical differentiation.
Host campuses: Univ. of Colorado Boulder, New Mexico Tech, Univ. of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Students

Participants will learn the fundamentals of enzyme structure, function, and evolution. Each team of three will combine bench experiments and computer tools to characterize a novel member of an enzyme family that is implicated in crop infection by fungal pathogens. Then they will design a compound that could potentially protect crops from that specific fungus.
Host campuses: Purdue Univ., Indiana Univ.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Students

Each team of three participants use a custom chemostat to maintain constant growth of a non-disease-causing ocean microbe called Vibrio natriegens under moderate antibiotic selection pressure. The chemostat includes components for mixing and aeration of the growth media, optical monitoring of growth rate, and feedback control of antibiotic delivery to the culture. Teams will then map the genetic mutations that arise as a result of incomplete growth suppression.
Host campus: Purdue Univ.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adolescents

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

California Institute of Technology 2000

Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2009

Harvey Mudd College 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SSP's mission is to inspire exceptionally talented and motivated high school students to accelerate their intellectual and social development.

Our college-level, residential program immerses students in a challenging science curriculum with team‐based, hands‐on research to solve a central scientific problem.

Since 1959, SSP has operated programs that foster a cultural environment of excellence, collaboration, and creativity, and we push our students beyond anything they have previously experienced.

We are expanding our impact: one program 1959 - 2002, two 2003-2016, three 2017-2018, and four in 2019 (two each doing research in Astrophysics and Biochemistry). We are now developing a third research project, in Metagenomics.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SSP International, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/28/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mike McKay

Henry Lichstein

No Affiliation

Ronald Irving

University of Washington

Edmund Bertschinger

MIT

Helen Shin

QP Global Family Offices

Minosca Alcantara

NY Bridge Authority

Lauren Blum

Capital Counsel LLC

Michelle Chang

Carbon

Michael McKay

Bain & Co.

Karl Sun

Lucid Software

Ricky Balthrop

Yoonjeong (YJ) Cha

Immuneering

Clint Chapple

Quintin McArthur

Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Philip Nolan

Blue Delta Capital Partners

Martha Oakley

Indiana University,

Miruna Opresco

Michael Weiss

Indiana University, School of Medicine

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable