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 cutting-edge original research project 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 will offer additional summer research-related options that may be of interest for students not participating in 2019 ASSIP.  These will be posted on our website in early spring.

ASSIP is a merit scholarship-based program which is free to participants.  ASSIP is generously 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 nonrefundable application processing fee which can be waived on for financial need. .

For safety reasons, 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), 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 Center. Students are responsible for their transportation-- free Mason shuttles do 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.

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 17,(changed from prior deadline of Feb 15) 2019, by 11:59 pm 
Orientation, First Day: June 3rd or June 17th, 2019
Poster Session, Reception, Final Day: August 9, 2019

Apply Online between Dec. 1, 2018 and Feb. 17  2019.: Application Form

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