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Investigative Summer STEM Program


The safety of faculty, staff, and students is extremely important to all of us at Newman University. After careful consideration and deliberation, Newman University has decided to cancel the Investigative Summer Science Program (ISSP) for summer 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Our decision was based on several factors, including, but certainly not limited to:

  • Current Executive order in the state of Kansas "to stay home" with no predetermined end date.
  • Data from other countries with regard to how long restrictions were in place before being relaxed.
  • Concern from anticipated attendees about their health and safety.
  • Uncertainty surrounding the ability to take ISSP participants on high quality field trips to local STEM businesses. 
  • Scheduling conflicts that made postponing not viable.
ISSP has been offered for the past 30 years, so this was a difficult and unpleasant decision to make. However, we find ourselves in a time when difficult and unpleasant decisions must be made for the sake of public health and safety. Please check back next year, and plan to apply for ISSP in Summer 2021! 

If you have already paid the camp fee, I will be issuing refunds this week. 
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. 
Stay healthy and stay safe! 
Ryan Huschka, Ph.D.
ISSP Director
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Newman University
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An overnight summer science camp designed for 10th-12th graders to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) through interactive hands-on experiences!

The Program

For 31 years, the Investigative Summer STEM Program (ISSP) has been increasing enthusiasm and interest of high school sophomores, juniors and seniors (10th-12th graders) in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. During ISSP students will:

  • Earn two hours of college credit with a pass/fail grade upon satisfactory completion of the program
  • Spend 9 days performing hands-on research in small groups led by highly qualified NU faculty
  • Travel on exciting field trips to local STEM businesses
  • Stay on NU’s campus in the residence halls
  • Expand team-building and communication skills
  • Engage with guest speakers from a variety of STEM-related fields to discuss the career opportunities possible with a STEM education
  • Participate in a variety of fun and engaging social activities.
  • Form friendships with high school students that share similar interests!
  • Experience college life as an authentic Newman University student.

The program is offered in response to a national concern about the diminishing number of young people pursuing careers in the STEM fields.

“When I applied for this camp, I wanted to gain a better understanding of college life, work with different professors, and further my interest in the STEM field. Approaching the end, I can assuredly say that all of my expectations have been met and exceeded.”

- Cory, ‘19 ISSP student
“ISSP has made my summer worthwhile, and I am honored to have been selected to participate in this fruitful experience”

- My, ‘19 ISSP student
“ISSP summer camp is perfect for anyone who thinks they may have any interest in a STEM career.”

- Marrissa, ‘19 ISSP student.


?  ISSP Dates/Times:

Monday, June 15, 2020 at 9AM - Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 6PM. ISSP is an overnight camp. Since participants are minors, they are expected to remain on campus at all times unless accompanied by faculty members, program assistants or parents. Students have the option to stay on campus or leave with a parent/guardian during the weekend (June 20 & 21).

? Location:

ISSP meets on Newman University’s campus located in Wichita, KS. Students will work with faculty in the state-of-the-art Bishop Gerber Science Center and lodge in Beata Residence Hall.

?  Cost:

The program fee is $495*. Includes tuition for two hours of college credit, housing, and meals for 11 days.

*A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available. Scholarship application is below.


Each participant will select one interdisciplinary research topic from biology, chemistry and math. Then working within a small group, 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 is 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. Social activities will occur in the evenings.

Who can apply?

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Current high school sophomores, juniors or seniors with a minimum 3.0 grade point average and who have completed at least one high school science course. Consideration may be given to freshmen.

You do not have to be committed to a STEM-related career to attend ISSP.  

How to Apply:

  1. Complete the online ISSP Application for Admission: ISSP Application
  2. Email a copy of your high school transcript to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Completed applications will be reviewed as they are received and spots will be filled on a first-come-first serve basis. Limited spots available! Upon acceptance into the program, students will be asked to pay the $495 program fee* to guarantee a spot.

Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2020 for guaranteed consideration. Selected participants will be notified at the time of application processing.

*A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available. Scholarship application is below.

ISSP Scholarships

ISSP scholarships are available for applicants who need extra assistance to pay the program fee for ISSP. We are grateful for the ISSP scholarship donors who help make these scholarships available to our applicants! Please note that the ISSP scholarships are due by May 1st so please apply now! If you apply after the deadline, there is a chance that all funds will have been allocated already.

ISSP Scholarship Application

Questions? Contact:

Ryan Huschka, ISSP Director
Associate Professor of Chemistry
3100 McCormick - BGSC 207
Wichita, KS 67213
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 316-942-4291 ext. 2428

ISSP Participating Faculty

Stacy Jones, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology

Ryan Huschka, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Michael Bradley, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology

David Shubert, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry

Alan Oberley, M.S.
Assistant professor of Chemistry

Objectives of ISSP:

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  • To make science a fun and exciting opportunity through an investigative laboratory approach.
  • To broaden students' STEM 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 STEM teachers by motivating participants to learn more about science through hands-on discovery