A unique email address is required for each registrant. We prefer to have the registered student’s email address.
The acceptance to the program is sent via email. Also, we regularly send messages to the email address on record. For example, if the lab closes due to bad weather, we will use this email address to inform you of this situation early on Saturday morning.
Using a parent’s email address to register?
We understand that not all students of this age have email addresses, or that parents would like to use their own email address for this registration. This is OK.
If you choose to use the same email address for multiple registrants (e.g., a parent wants to register their twins), some email systems allow you to use a trick that can make a unique email address: Add a plus sign and then the name of the student.
For example, if the parent email is
then you can use these two addresses to make distinct, unique addresses:
email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Messages sent to either of these addresses will end up at “email@example.com”
We know of two email services for which this trick works: Gmail and ProtonMail. This trick does NOT work for Yahoo mail, for Outlook mail, for AOL mail, or for Fermilab’s mail system.