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2019 Dates TBA

Think analytically and look beyond the obvious while deepening your understanding of astronomy, physics, math and team-building psychology.

You'll work on a variety of practical and interactive activities throughout the week. Building the brain muscle is challenging. Working individually and in teams with other like-minded students makes the learning fun.

During this weeklong, residential experience, you'll practice and improve your problem-solving skills and meet other students who share your interests. Susquehanna University faculty from various academic disciplines will introduce you to their areas of expertise, including:

  • Team-building with Dr. Helen Kiso (psychology)
  • Star gazing and building a Rover with Dr. Pirbhai (astronomy and physics)
  • Digital electronics with Minecraft with Dr. Faust (physics)
  • Building and battling bots with Dr. Zain (physics)
  • Dr. Brakke's soap bubble research (mathematics)

A special feature of the week will be our visit to the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University, thanks to Susquehanna University's 3:2 program with Columbia. Learn even more about the world of engineering on the Columbia University campus, from mechanical to civil to biomedical engineering.

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Strengthen your mental muscle and improve your problem-solving skills.

Students who are currently 9th, 10th and 11th graders (minimum age 15) are invited to apply.

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Highlights of the week

  • Participate in interactive, college-level workshops and group work
  • Take a day trip to Columbia University, Susquehanna's 3:2 affiliate engineering school
  • Experience the planetarium, star-gazing and telescope-making
  • Build a mini Mars Rover and discuss building a community on Mars
  • Get creative with digital electronics playing Minecraft
  • Build your best car robots; accept-and win-the BattleBots challenge 
  • Crack codes, discover clues and solve Escape Room mysteries

Comprehensive fees include room, meals and all program materials for the week.

  • $1,025

Scholarships are available based on financial need and academic performance. No full-tuition scholarships are available. A letter from your guidance counselor, indicating your eligibility for free/reduced lunch or other measure(s) of financial need, is required for scholarship consideration.

Selection is competitive and based on recommendations, academic skills, leadership qualities and future career aspirations.

All applications must be submitted no later than June 8. Payment must be made in full and all supporting  documentation must be received prior to your arrival on campus.

Susquehanna University faculty members will challenge you with cutting-edge teaching techniques and help you to apply your newfound knowledge with real-life applications.

Samya Zain | Institute Director
Dr. Samya Zain is an associate professor and head of the Department of Physics. She also serves as the faculty advisor to the 3:2 engineering program with Columbia University. She earned her Ph.D. in experimental particle physics at SUNY-Albany and is very interested in physics education research and curriculum development.

Kenneth Brakke
Dr. Kenneth Brakke is professor of mathematical sciences. He earned his Ph.D. in mathematics at Princeton University in the field of geometric measure theory, which is the mathematics of ideal soap films and soap bubbles. His research interests are soap films and bubbles and related liquid shapes, centered around his software Surface Evolver, which is a program for modelling liquid surfaces by minimizing surface energy subject to constraints such as volume and walls.

Carl Faust
Dr. Carl Faust is an assistant professor of physics who earned his Ph.D. at Lehigh University. His research focus is in atomic and molecular spectroscopy. He is most passionate about teaching physics at all levels. He enjoys finding connections to physics in a variety of media including videogames, movies and comics.

Helen Kiso
Dr. Helen Kiso is an assistant professor of psychology with a research focus in developmental psychology. She enjoys working with students to develop skills in team-building exercises. She earned her Ph.D. at Oklahoma State University-Stillwater.

Massooma Pribhai
Dr. Massooma Pirbhai, assistant professor of physics, earned her Ph.D. in biophysics at Lehigh University. While she is most intrigued by how nanomaterials affect biosystems, she teaches as astronomy at Susquehanna University.

You'll need a recommendation from anyone who knows you well and is not a relative, such as a teacher, guidance counselor, supervisor for a job or a volunteer position you hold, religious leader, etc.

Use this easy recommendation form and scan and email it to, fax it to Jayme Long, administrative assistant for program, at (570) 372-2745, or mail it to:

Attn: Jayme Long
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Selinsgrove, PA 17870

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