• Frequently Asked Questions

  • General

    Yes – The Shoulders of Giants, Inc. is a nonprofit organization registered under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) (public charity). As such, all donations made to the organization are tax deductible. You may find a copy of our IRS determination letter here.

    Additionally, The Shoulders of Giants is committed to transparency in all of our operations, and is listed as a Platinum Organization on Guidestar. Financial records, including forms 990 filed for all previous fiscal years, may be publicly accessed through that profile.

    • Outreach Events are offered for students of all ages. Please check the detailed description of each event for more information.
    • Summer Programs are currently only offered for high school students (rising 9th – 12th graders).
    • Mentorship is offered across multiple program levels for students ranging from 7th – 12th grade.

    TSoG offers programs that range from a single session to a multi-year commitment.

    • Outreach Events, which are free for all students, may run anywhere from a few hours to a few days.
    • Summer Programs consist of 60 curriculum-hours of content spread over a period of several weeks.
    • Mentorship is a year-round commitment designed to immerse students in an engaging and academically challenging environment. The minimum time commitment per week for students enrolled in these programs is 2 hours (middle school students) to 3 hours (high school students). To make the most of their time with us, students enrolled in Mentorship are encouraged to stick with it until they graduate from high school.

    The Shoulders of Giants has a number of strong partnerships with local universities and external organizations. However, TSoG, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is not officially affiliated with any other entity.

    Mentorship

    Students applying for Mentorship must interview with TSoG faculty and be approved before formally enrolling. This is to ensure that all of our students meet the level of enthusiasm, integrity, and academic excellence required to get the most out of these programs.

    Since space is limited in all of our programs, we ask that only students who are passionate and proactive in their academic pursuits apply.

    TSoG Mentorship is intended to serve as supplementary education for students already enrolled in a degree-granting institution.  That being said, our programs are designed, assessed, and reviewed by faculty and Industry Advisory Board members to a level of scrutiny beyond that of most formal education programs, even at the university level. Many of our students have successfully applied for and received course credit through their schools for participating in one or our programs. Our faculty are happy to help with this as needed, but since this process varies greatly from school to school, we leave this process to the initiative of our students.

    As long as it does not conflict with your school / program policy, our faculty are happy to assist our Mentorship students in any way that they can. This includes the use of laboratory resources such as labware, instrumentation, and 3D printers. We only ask that our students cover the cost of consumable materials used in their experiments.

    Due to finite resources, we do not currently offer project assistance of this nature to students outside of our Mentorship programs.

    Absolutely! Our structured Mentorship curricula run during the academic year (September ~ May); over the summer, we focus on special programs, projects, and professional development activities in the lab. We highly encourage our students to seek internship opportunities and research positions while enrolled in our programs, and are happy to suspend tuition over the summer for any reason with 30 days notice.

    Our faculty pride themselves on the academic rigor of all of our programs. All TSoG programs are designed with you (i.e. the advanced student) in mind! To date, we have never had a student enrolled in one of our programs who was so advanced that they were bored, and we do not offer advanced placement into our programs.

    Summer Programs

    Application requirements for Summer Programs vary; please see program descriptions for specific details. Common requirements include the submission of informal transcripts and a brief essay; all students must be approved by TSoG faculty before enrollment can be completed.

    Since space is limited in all of our programs, we ask that only students who are passionate and proactive in their academic pursuits apply.

    All TSoG programs are intended to serve as supplementary education for students already enrolled in a degree-granting institution.  That being said, our programs are designed, assessed, and reviewed by faculty and Industry Advisory Board members to a level of scrutiny beyond that of most formal education programs, even at the university level. Many of our students have successfully applied for and received course credit through their schools for participating in one or our programs. Our faculty are happy to help with this as needed, but since this process varies greatly from school to school, we leave this process to the initiative of our students.

    Our faculty pride themselves on the academic rigor of all of our programs. All of the students who are accepted are academically advanced, and the age requirements for our summer programs are set with this fact in mind. Nearly all of our programs are run annually – we ask that you wait until you meet the minimum age requirement before you apply.