SOCORRO, N.M., March 3, 2004 – New Mexico high school juniors (and exceptional sophomores), take note: the application deadline for one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious research programs for academically gifted teenagers — the renowned Summer Science Program; is fast approaching.

Applications for the six-week residential enrichment program, which is held on campuses in Southern California and at New Mexico Tech, will be accepted up until Friday, March 19.

For more than 40 years, bright teenagers from throughout the world have come to the Summer Science Program, spending their days learning about astronomy and their nights performing hands-on astronomical research.

Since 1959, Summer Science Program has provided gifted juniors and sophomores selected from high schools across the nation and abroad with an intensive six-week summer residential program on a campus in Ojai, Calif. Last summer, the internationally renowned program opened its second operating site on the New Mexico Tech campus in Socorro.

After attending last year’s session at New Mexico Tech, Sofia Salazar of Coyote, New Mexico, commented, “There is no limit to how much knowledge the human mind can intake, and, ultimately, how much and what it can produce.”

Each summer, Summer Science Program's hands-on curriculum combines classroom lectures in college-level math, physics, astronomy, and computer programming with team research projects in which participants determine the orbits of asteroids, using their own observations, measurements, and software.

Students, parents, and teachers interested in obtaining an online application for the Summer Science Program, or who wish to obtain further information, are encouraged to visit the program’s web site.