ASSIP is a  competitive cutting-edge original research project program. 

ASSIP is free to participants. ASSIP is generously supported by philanthropists, corporate and business donors, grants and the Mason College of Science. 

The only cost to ASSIP applicants is a $25 nonrefundable application processing fee which can be waived for financial need by emailing

ASSIP students and mentors do NOT receive pay so that ASSIP can maximize student participation. (However, we are applying to a program which provides support for several low-income high school students who pursue chemistry or biochemistry-related projects).

We are searching for enthusiastic, creative students who are dedicated to performing hands-on research during the summer. Science, technology, engineering and math courses completed, GPA, volunteer/work experience, and personal statements will be considered when reviewing applicants. Interviews will be scheduled for highly qualified candidates.  There is no minimum GPA and transcripts are not required.

We hope to offer additional summer research-related options that may be of interest for 2020 ASSIP applicants who are not matched with mentors. These options will be posted on our website in early spring and we will email all applicants.

For safety and liability reasons, applicants must be 16 years old or older as of the first day of the program each year. Students may participate in the program a maximum of three times.  We are likely to offer a fee-based summer ASSIP-Young Researcher program for students ages 13-15 and will post that information in early spring, 2020.

Laboratories are located at George Mason University's Science and Technology Campus (Manassas, VA), the Potomac Science Center (Woodbridge Campus) and the Fairfax Campus. There are also select opportunities at collaborating commercial institutions and at Virginia Tech Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Leesburg, VA. Students are responsible for their transportation-free Mason shuttles provide transportation throughout the area to Mason's Fairfax and Manassas Campuses.  Although students may select their campus preference, flexibility will present a greater probability of acceptance. Program hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5: 00 pm, except for July 3rd when the university will be closed. 

We are likely to be able to arrange reasonably-priced campus housing ONLY for students 18 years and older at the start of the program; students must pay for that housing.  

The program begins with orientation and required training on June 15th. The internship concludes with a poster session and reception. Students accepted into the program are required to attend orientation and the concluding poster session.

Important Dates for the 2020 Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program:

Application Deadline: Sunday, February 9, 2020, by 11:59 pm 
Orientation, First Day: Monday, June 15th, 2020 
Poster Session, Reception, Final Day: Thursday, August 6, 2020

Apply: Application Form

A letter of recommendation is not required and will not be accepted during the initial review process.