The Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program (ASSIP) was established for high school and undergraduate students who are passionate about science and eager to gain practical science, technology, engineering, or math research experience. ASSIP students develop critical thinking skills, perform hypothesis-driven experiments, and use cutting-edge technology to answer pressing scientific questions.

ASSIP is a highly competitive program. 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. We offer other research-related options for applicants who are not matched with mentors!

ASSIP is a merit scholarship-based program which is free to participants.  ASSIP graciously supported by philanthropists, corporate and business donors, grants and the Mason College of Science. Laboratory reagents and supplies are provided for student projects. The only cost for applicants is a small application processing fee.

Applicants must be 16 years old as of the first day of the program each year. Students may participate in the program a maximum of three times.

Laboratories are located at George Mason University's Science and Technology Campus (Manassas, VA) and Fairfax Campus. There are also select opportunities at collaborating commercial institutions and at Virginia Tech Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center. Students are responsible for their transportation. 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.

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

Important Dates for the 2019 Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program:

Application Deadline: February 5, 2019, by 11:59 pm 
Orientation, First Day: June 3rd or June 17th, 2019
Poster Session, Reception, Final Day: August 9, 2019

Apply Online: Application Form

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