Investigative Summer Science Program

Investigative Summer Science Program at Newman University  
June 15 - 26, 2015 

For High School Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors


The Program

The Investigative Summer Science Program (ISSP) is designed to enhance enthusiasm and interest of high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in the sciences and motivate them through exploration and testing of ideas for careers in the sciences.The program is offered in response to a national concern about the diminishing number of young people pursuing careers in the sciences.Newman University is proud to have the generous support of the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation as sponsors of the Investigative Summer Science Program.


 Click here to apply online! 

  • Complete the Application for Admission (online, download and mail a PDF, or call to request a paper app be mailed to you)
  • Mail or email a copy of your high school transcript
  • Mail or email a 200 word essay explaining why you believe you would be a good fit for the Newman Investigative Summer Science Program
  • See below for directions regarding where to mail or email your supplemental materials 
  • Applications must be submitted by May 8, 2015 for guaranteed consideration. Selected participants will be notified by May 22, 2015. 
All participants must also submit a signed parent consent form by the first day of the program. Click here to download a copy of the form. Please print and mail or email a signed copy to Dr. Stacy Jones, or plan to bring a copy with you on the first day. 



  • To make science a fun and exciting opportunity through an investigative laboratory approach.
  • To broaden students' scientific interests and inform them of opportunities and challenges in science and medicine.
  • To strengthen pre-college science education and address the needs of students during the critical years when concepts and attitudes are developed.
  • To foster independent scholarship, originality and competence in physical, biological and health sciences.
  • To rebuild our human resource for basic sciences and provide a basis for future technological exploration in science and medicine.
  • To increase the number of high school science teachers by motivating participants to learn more about science through hands-on discovery.



Participants selected for the ISSP will be required to stay in campus housing. Room and board for two weeks and two hours of college credit, upon successful completion of the program, are provided at no charge to participants.

Library research, relevant films and social activities will occur in the evenings. Since participants are minors, they are expected to remain on campus at all times unless accompanied by faculty members, program assistants or parents.

Each participant will select one interdisciplinary research topic from biology, chemistry and math. Then the student will conduct a literature search on the selected topics, set up laboratory/field experiments, collect data, analyze the results, draw conclusions from the findings, and, finally present the research to faculty and students. Supervision and project background information are provided by the program faculty in a one-to-one and small group discussion format rather than traditional lectures. Field trips and guest speakers will be scheduled during the program to provide participants with real-life applications of science and math. 

Criteria for Selection

Applicants must be current high school sophomores, juniors or seniors with a minimum 3.0 grade point average and have completed at least one high school science course.

Applicants need to complete the online application for admission and submit a high school transcript. Each applicant will also be required to include a 200-word essay explaining why they believe they'd be a good candidate for the Invesitage Summer Science Program. 

All application materials must be postmarked by May 8, 2015 for guaranteed consideration. Applicants selected for participation will be notified by May 22, 2015. 

For More Information, Contact Program Director Dr. Stacy Jones at or 316-942-4291 X 2116.