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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,  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:

Our 2019 ASSIP session is in full swing with our largest cohort ever of 126 participants conducting research across the University on 4 campuses! The public is invited to celebrate the work of ASSIP mentors and students at the ASSIP Poster Session on Friday, August 9th between 9-11 am at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Mason Science and Tech Campus in Manassas.

Congratulations to 3 ASSIP mentors! Natalie Burls, Thomas LaToza, and Patrick Vora were recognized with Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards that support junior faculty “who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization,” according to the NSF website. The awards come with a federal grant for research and education activities for five consecutive years.

“NSF CAREER awards are the most distinguished awards junior faculty members can receive and reflect the world-class caliber of our faculty,” said Deborah Crawford, Mason’s vice president for research, innovation and economic impact. “That Mason received four such awards this year is testimony to our Research 1 status.”

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!