School for Scientific Thought

Winter 2022 Application Form

Please be sure you fill out the application in full. If your application is incomplete it will not be considered. We will communicate with you using email, so make sure that is entered correctly.

Application deadline is Friday, February 16 at 11:59pm.

Applications received after 11:59pm on Friday, February 16 will NOT be accepted.

Student Information
First Name Last Name Birth Date Grade
9th 10th 11th 12th

Name of High School If you selected "Other", please write the name of your high school here.

Contact Information
The following asks for your address and other contact information. Please be sure it is all correct so that we can contact you once we make our decisions.

Mailing Address City Zip Phone
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Do you have an email where you can be reached?
Yes - please provide it below and we will use it to contact you with our decision.
No - please provide the email of your school counselor below and we will contact them with our decision.

E-mail
Science and Math Courses Taken
Please list all the science courses you have taken since 9th grade or are currently taking:
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Please list all the math courses you have taken since 9th grade or are currently taking:
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SST Course Choices
The 5 SST courses being offered for Winter 2022 are:

The Quantum Around Us
Content Area: Quantum Information Science, 2D Materials, Physics
Instructor(s): Dr. Shaimaa Azzam, Kaymar Parto

From Biomedical Devices to Your Trendy Boba Beverage: How Hydrogels Give Us Leverage
Content Area: Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science
Instructor(s): Sophia Bailey, Ronnie Garcia, Dr. Kevin Shen

Space Technology: Designing for the Final Frontier
Content Area: Space, Space technology, Engineering, Physics, Technology design
Instructor(s): Jenny Smith

Soft Robotics: Nature Informs the Next Generation of Robots
Content Area: Soft Robotics, Light-sensitive materials, Engineering
Instructor(s): Luke F. Gockowski

Hands-on with Geology: Using Rocks to Learn about Earth History
Content Area: Geology, Earth Science,
Instructor(s): Adrian Tasistro-Hart

Please indicate which of these classes are your top 2 preferences (click here to see a description of the classes being offered in a new browser window). Also, briefly explain why you prefer these classes and/or instructors in particular. You must provide your top 2 choices in order for your application to be considered.

Please select your first choice from the dropdown menu: Please give your reasons for your first choice here:
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Please select your second choice from the dropdown menu: Please give your reasons for your second choice here:
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Availability to Attend SST
Below are the dates for Winter 2022 SST. Please select all dates you cannot attend. If you expect to be at all 2 classes, please select that option.

I cannot attend the class on February 26
I cannot attend the class on March 5
I expect to be at all 2 classes
Additional Information
Briefly describe how you first heard about the SST. You have characters left.



Have you previously participated in the School for Scientific Thought?
Yes
No
If yes, describe the prior SST class(es) you took. You have characters left.



How do you plan to get to and from the SST? You have characters left.



Name of your current science teacher
Statement of Interest
Please submit a written statement (no more 3,000 characters) explaining why you are interested in participating in the School for Scientific Thought. In particular, we would like to know about your experiences in science and math, about your ability to work with other students, and the contributions you expect to make to the SST scientific community. You have characters left.
Demographic Information
The following information is not used as selection criteria for the SST. However, continued funding for our programs depends on our ability to provide complete and accurate demographic information for reporting purposes to funding agencies. Your name will not be associated with your responses.

What is your gender identity?
Woman/Girl
Man/Boy
Other gender identity
Decline to state

Are you of Hispanic/Latino origin?
Yes
No
Unknown

Which of the following best describes your ancestry? You may hover over each term for a definition. Select all that apply. For example, if you are of Hispanic/Latino origin, you may be a mix of American Indian/Alaska Native as well as Caucasian ancestry. If you are not of Hispanic/Latino origin, you may still be a mix of American Indian/Alaska Native as well as Caucasian ancestry. You may select "Unknown" if your ancestry is unknown to you.
American Indian/Alaska Native Includes all indigenous people of North, Central, and South America

Asian Includes all indigenous people of East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Indian subcontinent

Black Includes all indigenous people of Africa

Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Includes all indigenous people of Pacific Islands, inculding Hawaii, Guam, Fiji, Philippines, Tonga, and Samoa

Caucasian Includes all indigenous people of Europe and Middle Eastern countries, including Spain, Italy, and Portugal

Unknown Your ancestry is unknown to you


Do you qualify for a free or reduced lunch?
Yes
No
Unknown

What was the highest level of education for your parents/guardians? Please use as many fields below as necessary for your family.
  1. Parent/Guardian Education Level Parent/Guardian Gender Parent/Guardian Relationship

Are you from a single parent home?
Yes, single mother
Yes, single father
No
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Are you the first generation in your family to attend college?
Yes
No
Unknown
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What language(s) did you grow up speaking in your home?
English
Spanish
Other (please state):
Decline to state

Do you have any disabilities?
Yes
No
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Not including this application, have you ever applied to SST before, regardless of whether or not you participated?
Yes
No

If you have participated in any of the following programs, please select them from the list below.
Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID)
California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP)
COSMOS
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA)
Research Mentorship Program (RMP) or Science and Engineering Research Academy (SERA)
I have not participated in any of the above programs.
Decline to state
Please look over your application and make sure it is filled out completely and correctly before submitting. If your application is incomplete it will not be considered. You will be taken to a confirmation page and receive a confirmation e-mail to the e-mail you provided on this application if your form is successfully submitted. If you do not see a confirmation page, please hit your browser's back button and try again.