About the summer school
Kupcinet-Getz International Summer School
The Kupcinet-Getz International Science School accepts a select number of outstanding undergraduate students each summer to participate in research projects in mathematics, physics, chemistry and the life sciences . This is an enrichment program designed for undergraduate students from all over the world who are majoring in the sciences, and it is an opportunity to experience science by becoming part of a research group at the Weizmann Institute. Participation in the Kupcinet-Getz International Science School has had a significant impact on past participants of the program, reinforcing the students’ interest in conducting research in their future careers.
As a student in this program, you will be associated with a laboratory or a theoretical research project under the supervision of an experienced scientist and, for a short period of time, will become a full-fledged member of the scientific team.
Timeline (Summer 2017)
Online application begins: November 15, 2016
Application deadline: December 24, 2016
Official results of the application review process: February 28, 2017
Start of the program: June 11, 2017
End of the program: August 3, 2017
Duration of the program: 8 weeks
You will spend approximately eight weeks working on a research project assigned to you by the Head of your research group .
All participants are required by law to attend a short safety seminar designed especially for this program.
Four lectures in four different disciplines are scheduled for each cycle.
Toward the end of the program, you will be required to present your work to the rest of the group, and the Head of the research group hosting you. You will need to obtain the PI’s approval for your PowerPoint presentation. A week before the presentation, you will have to submit an abstract, which will also need the approval of the Head of your research group.
Participation is obligatory in all the above-mentioned activities.
Scientific research never ends. While you are welcome to work as many hours as you wish, you are expected to spend a minimum of at least eight hours per day in your research group. If you will be absent from your research group for one day or more, you must coordinate your absence in advance with the Head of your research group AND the Program Coordinator at the Feinberg Graduate School. Weekends – Fridays and Saturdays in Israel – are usually considered as free time from the program. You may spend your weekends anywhere you choose in Israel. However, the Head of your research group may request your presence at the laboratory for a few hours on Fridays for group meetings, special scheduled experiments, or other activities. In that case, your presence is required.
As a student in the Kupcinet-Getz International Science School, you are expected to devote most of your time to research within the framework of the program. In addition, it is obligatory to participate in all of the program’s activities – both scholastic and extracurricular – including the mini-symposium, lectures, and a safety seminar. Absence from any part of the program must be coordinated in advance with the Program Coordinator.
Your PowerPoint Presentation
Your presentation should include the following:
Part 1: A brief description of the general question
Part 2: A brief description of the individual project
Part 3: Summary of the results
Part 4: Conclusions
Structure of the Presentation
Length of abstract: 1/2 a page
Length of presentation: 12 minutes
Number of slides: Up to 10
Questions & discussion: 3-5 minutes
Common denominator for all four disciplines (so for example biologists should prepare a presentation at a level understandable to mathematicians, and vice versa).
The program also includes several extracurricular activities:
Tour of the Institute
All participants are invited to participate in a guided tour of the Weizmann Institute Campus. This tour includes a visit to Dr. Chaim Weizmann’s laboratory, the First President’s House, the Garden of Science, and more.
As a participant in the Kupcinet-Getz International Science School program, you will have the opportunity to go on a couple of one-day excursions to tour different parts of Israel. The tours may vary from one cycle to another. Places and areas that were toured in the past (not necessarily all of them during one cycle of the program) include: Jerusalem, Caesarea, Acre, Haifa, Rosh Hanikra, Masada, the Dead Sea, Qumran Caves, Ein Gedi and more. Note: Participation is obligatory in all the above-mentioned activities
Sports and Recreation Facilities
You are welcome to use the facilities at the Meyer and Shirley Weisgal Recreation Center, located on the Institute grounds, for a low fee. These facilities include tennis courts, swimming pools, basketball courts, and more. Also available for students is the David Moross Fitness Center, located at the heart of the campus.
Further Background on the Program
The Kupcinet-Getz International Science School was established in memory of Karyn Kupcinet by her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Irving Kupcinet of Chicago, Illinois, USA, in 1971. In 2001, it expanded in memory of Emma and Oscar Getz through the two co-executors of their estate, Mr. William Getz and Mr. Ralph Silver. In 2010, the Feinberg Graduate School began to administrate the program, which had been administrated earlier by the Academic Secretariat of the Weizmann Institute of Science. Since its inception, over 1,100 overseas students have attended this highly successful program.
For more information click "Further official information" below.