June 30-July 25, 2024 & July 28-Aug. 8, 2024
Dr. Bessie F. Lawrence International Summer Science Institute
About the program
Since 1969, every summer a group of 80 outstanding students from all over the world participate in the prestigious Dr. Bessie F. Lawrence International Summer Science Institute, hosted by Davidson Institute of Science Education. Immediately after finishing high school or in the first year of university, students are able to have their first experience in scientific research with the Weizmann Institute of Science.

ISSI 2024 Program:
Digital scientific portion,
June 30-July 25
On-campus social & cultural portion,
July 28-August 8 

The 2024 program will include 4 weeks of a digital scientific program, held during the month of July, followed by 10-12 days of an on-campus social & scientific program, held in August, at the Weizmann Institute and the surrounding areas. Scientific projects will be carried out during the first part of the program, combined with social and cultural aspects of the program, science talks and building the community. ISSI alumni will be involved in both online as well as local meetings with participants.

Age of Participants:

The International Summer Science Institute is open to talented science oriented students who either graduated from high school, are in their gap year, or are at their early stages of their undergraduate studies. Applicants must be at least 18 years old prior to the program’s start date.


Online scientific portion of the 2024 ISSI (4 weeks in July)

On campus visit (10 days in July-August)

Here’s what past participants said about the program:

“I did the ISSI program in 1992 and it was one of the most amazing and formative experiences of my life. I met and became friends with an incredible group of students from around the world, participated in frontier leading research, experienced and learned about the rich multicultural history of Israel, and was able to observe and participate in what I believe is the most collaborative and integrated research institute globally.”  – Dr. Cory Goldberg, 1992

“ISSI empowered me to discover a new meaning to science. It enabled me to explore not only my scientific field of interest, but learn about different scientific categories and discoveries. The experience allowed me to challenge myself amongst my peers and redesign how I perceive research. Being surrounded by students from Canada and across the world brought about a vast amount of knowledge and ideas to our summer experience, and will forever be a cherished experience for me.”  – Alexia Elbaz, 2019

“My experience as an intern at the Nir Davidson lab outshone each and every practical lab work I had done prior in my life. When it came to forming strong friendships and solidifying my interest in Physics, the three weeks I spent at the Weizmann Institute of Science had a bigger impact on my life than most of my years in high school.” – Artem Buyalo, 2019 

Apply now!

Application deadline is April 1, 2024

You can apply through the application form here. Please send completed applications to [email protected] of for any questions about the program.

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