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One Giant Leap for Summer Science!

Our Mission

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Our focus at Giant Leap Summer Science Workshops is to give high school students basic and advanced hands-on experience to prepare them for the world of science research. Working in small groups, students will take on different projects working closely with our faculty, graduate students, and other researchers. Exciting news! Two new biology programs have been added this year.

Your child will have their individual research project tailored to their interests and learning needs.

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This year the Giant Leap program is sponsored by Seton Hall University's Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute. For more information on the Latino Institute please visit here »


"As a former student of the camp I had a great experience. I enjoyed every minute, and learned new things such as hydraulics, aerodynamics, and how cars, planes, and trucks work. The staff at the camp consisted of both grad students and professors. They taught with hands on approach which made the course both interesting and challenging. I think that anyone who is interested in mechanical engineering would benefit spending a week with these brilliant students and professors." -Joshua
Person with a flashlight looking up at the cosmos.
The night sky - explained! Track the movements of stars and planets in our observatory. Learn about nebulas and all the life stages of a star!
Brushing around ink-powdered fingerprints.
Learn about how forensic scientists solve cases using DNA technology! You will be a C.S.I. specialist and your team will solve a real case by using the tools of the scientific method for investigating the crime scene.
Biomechanics Lab
Learn the fundamental physics that governs the world around us and apply them in fun and creative new projects!
Potted plants growing in an urban setting.
Grow Your Own Edibles
Learning how to grow your vegetables and herbs all year  long can be achieved by hydroponic farming techniques. Come explore, create and develop your own personal alternative garden.
Student in a lab on a computer.
Learn the ins and outs of the electronic circuit - and then build one of your own!
As part of the Math Workshop developed by Dr. Wendiann Sethi Jonathan Quinn and Christopher Lee were in Space 154 learning about robotics and how to utilize the technology in the lab.
Build your own Raspberry Pi computer to control your Robotics projects. You will also learn the basics of 3D printing.

Learn with the Best at a World Class University

Alfred Freilich looking at a piece of paper with Giant Leap students.

Our Faculty

Alfred Freilich, Ph.D. is a graduate of Columbia University in New York, NY and Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. He has many years of experience in teaching at the university level as well as working in industry. Research and Development work in Materials Science and Electronics were his main fields. As for the last few years he was also involved in Seton Hall University outreach programs and is the Giant Leap program director.

Jose L. Lopez, Ph.D. has conducted extensive research in the field of plasma physics, particularly in the subfield of microplasmas, where he is recognized as an international expert. Lopez has served as the principal investigator on a number of grants from a variety of organizations, including the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, involving plasma research and science education outreach. In total his grants have been valued at more than $3 million.

Mary J. Berger, Ph.D. has degrees in Science and Education. She is an alumna as well as a Biological Life science professor at Seton Hall University; her areas of expertise are in molecular biology and evolutionary, biochemical pathways, such as photosynthesis. As a Howard Hughes grantee, she attended Princeton University for molecular studies and the University of Phoenix for post-graduate online education studies. Her most recent research interests are in the use of cold PLASMA effects on plants.  

Her interests include different farming models that would support increased crop production that is globally friendly and economical for the family, community, and region. Dr. Berger works closely with Dr. Lopez and his team and enjoys the integration of the different science disciplines into her research and teaching. She has taught K-12 especially High School Students and was a hired Consultant for Science Project-Based Program Staff Developer for High School Projects in Nevada, NJ, NY and NYC Computer Technology Department. She developed an online environmental and water quality awareness project.

Get Started

  • Jose Lopez looking through a telescope with students during Astronomy Week for Giant Leap.Workshops
    The summer period runs from July 6 - August 14, 2020. Each workshop spans five days of one week. Workshops run from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mon-Fri, with an hour lunch break. The Astronomy workshop requires overnight stay Mon - Fri, with supervised housing provided in the Seton Hall University dormitory buildings, alongside participants of other summer programs, overseen by graduate and undergraduate advisors. Learn more »
  • Registration
    Registration for the Summer 2020 season opens in March. Applicants must submit an online application form and personal statement no longer than one page detailing experience, interests, and background.
  • Location
    Laboratory of Electrophysics and Atmospheric Plasmas (LEAP) in the Department of Physics, at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. We are conveniently located 1.5 miles from the South Orange Train Station.
  • Financial Aid
    We have very limited funding to partially support students who are in need of financial aid which is conducted on a case-by-case basis.
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