About the Drew Summer Science Institute

The Drew Summer Science Institute (DSSI) is an on-campus program that pairs Drew students with faculty mentors for an intensive, personal experience working full time on a research project. Each summer, approximately 15 students participate in this exciting program. To view last summer’s participants, go to Previous Projects.

As a DSSI member, you are provided with a weekly stipend and housing, and work one-on-one with your faculty mentor for 8-10 weeks during the summer. You meet regularly with your fellow DSSI members at weekly lunchtime meetings to discuss your projects. At the conclusion of the program, you present your results to the Drew community at the annual Fall Poster Session in Mead Hall.

DSSI gives you the chance to pursue real-world scientific questions, and provides opportunities to establish professional relationships with faculty and their collaborators at research universities and local industries. The Drew Summer Science Institute is open to students in Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, and Psychology, and it is aimed primarily at students who have completed their sophomore year.

To learn more about DSSI and how to apply, go to Information for Students. I look forward to getting your application!

Dr. Stephen Dunaway
Director, DSSI


The Drew Summer Science Institute was funded by a generous gift from Warner-Lambert (now Pfizer), with additional support from Novo Nordisk, C.R. Bard, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck, Schering-Plough, William E. Clark (C’91), RISE, Ralph M. Cestone Foundation, Jessie Ball du Pont Fund, the National Science Foundation, the Sentience Foundation, and the College of Liberal Arts.