The Yale Summer Science Research Institute (SSRI), an undergraduate organization, connects qualified high school students from the New Haven area with scientific research labs at Yale. We hope to provide high-quality research experiences to New Haven students in order to excite them about scientific investigation, enable them to explore new scientific fields, and increase their college preparedness. In doing so, we hope to foster long-term relationships between Yale laboratories and qualified high school students who are enthusiastic about furthering the laboratories’ research.
The program also provides a framework for a mutually beneficial summer experience for both the students and labs. Yale undergraduate students supplement lab work for the high school interns with organized workshops and other mentorship activities. We also work to cultivate a sense of community among the students, organizing events to facilitate social interactions among the interns, as well as between the interns and their undergraduate, graduate, and professor mentors.