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Investigative Summer STEM Program

Investigative Summer STEM Program at Newman University  

JUNE 17 -27, 2019

For High School Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors


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


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 in the costs. Your student will receive a pass/fail grade for completing the program.

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 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. 


  • Complete the Application for Admission: 
    ISSP Application
  • 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 4, 2019 for guaranteed consideration. Selected participants will be notified at the time of application processing.


  • 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


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. Consideration may be given to freshmen with priority going to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

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 Investigative Summer Science Program. 

All application materials must be postmarked by May 4, 2019, for guaranteed consideration. Applicants selected for participation will be notified at the time of application processing. 


Accepted ISSP students will be asked to mail a check in for the $375.00 program fee (non-refundable). The check needs to be made out to Newman University. Need-based scholarships are available.

Please mail payment to: 

ISSP Care Of:  Debbie Flax
Newman University
3100 McCormick St.
Wichita, KS  67213

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

For more information, please contact:

Debbie Flax
3100 McCormick - BGSC 205
Wichita, KS 67213
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