Press Release

New Mexico Tech to Host Astronomy Oriented Summer Science Program

By SpaceRef Editor
January 13, 2003
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New Mexico Tech will play host this summer to
about three dozen of the nation’s most academically gifted high
school students, when the renowned Summer Science Program (SSP)
expands into its second home at the university campus in Socorro.

Since 1959, SSP has provided juniors and sophomores selected
from high schools across the nation and abroad with an intensive
six-week summer residential program on a campus in Ojai, Calif.
Beginning on June 8, SSP will open its second operating site on
the New Mexico Tech campus.

Each summer, SSP’s hands-on curriculum combines classroom
lectures in college-level math, physics, astronomy, and computer
programming with team research projects in which participants
determine the orbits of asteroids, using their own observations,
measurements, and software.

Students, parents, and teachers interested in garnering more
information about SSP are encouraged to visit the program’s
website at, where a downloadable
application can also be found. Application deadlines for this
summer’s SSP sessions are February 28 and March 21.

Both Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories are joining
New Mexico Tech in supporting the new SSP campus in Socorro.

The Summer Science Program is established in cooperation
with Caltech, Stanford University, other California-based
universities, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

SpaceRef staff editor.