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 come to the Davidson Institute of Science Education to take part in the month-long prestigious Dr. Bessie F. Lawrence International Summer Science Institute. 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 Davidson Institute of Science Education and the Weizmann Institute of Science.

During the first three weeks,  students join one of the selected participating laboratories, taking on a part of the research and learning the protocols so they can carry out their own experiments. In the afternoon, participants hear lectures by leading scientists from Weizmann on robotics, gene therapy, neuroscience, and more. Towards the end of the camp participants perform an oral presentation of the results of their research and submit a scientific report. Free time is spent at the youth village of the Davidson Institute where there is a sports leisure center that includes tennis, basketball, football, a swimming pool and gym. In the evening there are social activities including pool parties, sports tournaments, group games and more. Participants will also enjoy weekend trips to the Galilee and Jerusalem, and the last week of the camp the students spend a week on tours and activities in the desert for an introduction to space science.

Here’s what past participants said about the program:

“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!

COMING SOON! A date is not currently set for this year’s ISSI. Please reach out to us if you are interested in the program and we will send you an application once the date is set. To be notified, or if you have any questions, please contact Anna Katsafouros at anna@weizmann.ca.

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