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New for Summer 2019! Gain a competive edge with

ASSIP-Research Related STEM!

Mason College of Science offers summer opportunities to jump-start your STEM research projects. These options provide tools and information to give your resume and experience a meaningful competitive edge!

Registrations for summer options are now open!

Click here for more information about STEM below and to register.

Spots are limited. Students are accepted in order of registration (except for the ASSIP-Young Researchers opportunity.)*

Aspiring Inventors' Club

Life Science Research Proposal Boot Camp

Bioinformatics –A Short Course

Modeling Life –A Crash Course

Hands-On Introduction to Data Science Using R

                        *ASSIP Young Researchers for students ages 13-15.  Apply here but wait to register (pay) through the link above until we notify you that you have been matched with a mentor.


My experience at ASSIP for the last two summers was probably the most beneficial and impactful experience I have had in my life so far. It taught me how to be a better scientist and engineer, how to develop new ideas, and how to make those ideas a reality. I accomplished a lot that I never thought I was capable of doing as a high school student such as filing for three patents and inventing new technologies to be used by companies to help others. ..The ability to see that my work has the capability of helping others and that I can make a difference, even as a high school student, has given me the confidence I need to continue innovating.  R.N., ASSIP alum 2017,2018,                                                                                                              --admitted to Harvard University, Class of 2023


Apply: 2019 ASSIP Applications are now closed. 2020 ASSIP applications will open November 15, 2019.

The George Mason University Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program was established in 2007 by Dr. Lance Liotta, Dr. Emanuel Petricoin III, Dr. Virginia Espina, and Amy Adams to give high school and undergraduate students, who have an interest in STEM, access to real-world, hands-on research.

Students  work one-on-one with faculty researchers at George Mason University and collaborating institutions using state-of-the-art technology to solve hypothesis driven questions in Biochemistry, Biodefense, Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Genomics, GeoInformation Science (GIS), Mathematical Modeling, Medicine, Nanotechnology, Neuroscience, Serious Game Design, Sports Medicine, Physics, and Proteomics.

As part of the 7-9 week full-time training, students:

  • Gain hands-on experience using cutting-edge sophisticated equipment and technologies,

  • Develop and exercise scientific writing and communication skills

  • Explore STEM career choices through discussion forums and meetings with role models

  • Develop and exercise creative skills, crucial to performing innovative research

Hard work often pays off with participants' names published in scientific journals and their work presented at scientific conferences.

The 2019 Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program will begin on either Monday, June 3rd or Monday, June 17th, depending on student and mentor agreement,  and will conclude with a poster symposium on Friday, August 9th, 2019.

To provide research opportunities for as many students as possible, we do not use our very lean funding to pay student researchers or their mentors.  However, unlike many other student research programs, there is no charge required for students to participate in the Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program. A small application fee will be required (which may be waived based on financial need).

Recent ASSIP news:

One of our long-time Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program mentors, math modeling expert Dr. Padhu Seshaiyer, has been selected from the United States for scientific excellence and will receive this honor along with other distinguished recipients from the world.  Each year the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, which is one of the top-ranked universities in Europe and in the top 200 in the world, awards honorary doctorates "to committed scientists who transcend the boundaries of their own disciplines and to personalities that have been at the frontiers of societal change." These include world leaders, faculty and other distinguished members from across the globe that are nominated by the universities or the different colleges. The list of last round of recipients can be found at http://www.vub.ac.be/en/honorary-doctorates#doctor-honoris-causa and the list of past awardees over the years can be found at http://www.vub.ac.be/en/honorary-doctorates#archive.

2018 ASSIP alum Ankit Gupta and David Rudo win the Gerry Connally Congressional App Challenge!  Congratulations to our talented students and their mentors Dr. Liotta and Ms. Marissa Howard for using their talents to help others!