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Vassar Science Scholars Program

VSSP students pose with their participation certificates.
Incoming VSSP students with Elisabeth dePicciotto ’51, who endowed the program.

The Vassar Science Scholars Program (VSSP) brings a group of eighteen Poughkeepsie High School students (divided among sophomores, juniors, and seniors) to Vassar College eight Saturdays during the academic year for intensive hands-on laboratory sessions conducted by members of Vassar's science and mathematics faculty. The VSSP was founded by Charles Steinhorn, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, and continues to be directed by him. The VSSP  is funded by a generous endowment gift from a Vassar alumna.

Students can continue in the program throughout their high school career provided they attend the sessions faithfully. The program includes a Poughkeepsie High School science or mathematics teacher who coordinates the program at the high school, and in particular oversees the selection of new students. There also is a Vassar student intern who assists the faculty leading the Saturday sessions. The program concludes with a dinner at the end of each academic year to which the students' families, school and district officials, Vassar administrators, and local government officials are invited to attend.