About the Program


The Weizmann Institute of Science's annual Kupcinet-Getz International Science School accepts each summer a select number of outstanding undergraduate students to participate in research projects in mathematics, physics, chemistry and life sciences. It is an enrichment program designated for overseas undergraduate students from all over the world, who are majoring in the Sciences, to experience science first hand by becoming part of a research group at the Weizmann Institute. Each student is associated to a laboratory or a theoretical research project under the supervision of an experienced scientist; the students become, for a short time, full-fledged members of the scientific team. It is hoped that this will help the students shape their scientific course and reinforce their commitment to research as a career.
Timeline (Summer of 2015)

  • Online application opens
    November 1, 2014


  • Application Deadline

    January 15, 2015


  • Official Results of the application review process
    March 15, 2015


  • Start of the program
    June 28, 2015


  • End of the program
    August 20, 2015


  • Duration
    8 weeks  



Undergraduate Programs Coordinator
(Kupcinet-Getz International Summer School)


Ms. Eti Colb-Uzana




Chair of the Kupcinet-Getz International Summer School
Professor Milko van der Boom


History of the Program

The Kupcinet-Getz International Science School was established in 1971 in memory of Karyn Kupcinet by her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Irving Kupcinet of Chicago, Illinois, USA and expanded in 2001 in memory of Emma and Oscar Getz, through their two co-executors: Mr. William Getz and Mr. Ralph Silver. In 2010 The Feinberg Graduate School began to administrate the program which was administrated earlier by the Academic Secretariat of the Weizmann Institute of Science. Since its inception, over 1100 overseas students have attended the Karyn Kupcinet International Science School.

Karyn Kupcinet
Irv Kupcinet, the well-known columnist for The Chicago Sun-Times, known as "Kup" (died in 2003), and his wife, Essee (died in 2001), established in 1971 the Karyn Kupcinet International Science School for young scholars from around the world in memory of their daughter. At the time of her tragic death in Hollywood, California, at the age of 22, the talented young actress had begun a promising career in films and television. The Kupcinet family takes special comfort and pride in the summer program at the Weizmann Institute of Science bearing her name in perpetuity. The donations of many friends generously support this program, for which the Weizmann Institute of Science expresses its deepest gratitude.

Emma and Oscar Getz

Throughout their lifetimes, Chicago industrialist Oscar Getz and his wife, Emma, were well-known for their dedication to the arts at home, in Washington, D.C., and in London.  Although Oscar Getz died in 1983 and Emma in 1996, they are linked in perpetuity to research and education at the Weizmann Institute of Science through a Professorial Chair, the Kupcinet-Getz Summer Science Program for Israeli Students, the Getz Guides Program in the Clore Garden of Science, and the Wix Auditorium loudspeaker system, projects endowed in their names by the Getz Foundation.