The USC Young Researchers Program
The University of Southern California is pleased to present a summer science and engineering opportunity for L.A.-area high school rising seniors.
The USC Young Researchers Program is a six-week program that matches talented and motivated USC-area high school rising seniors with USC research groups for a summer of research under the supervision of faculty and graduate students. Students get to experience first-hand the excitement of research in real university labs. The research work is supplemented with weekly workshops to give students some basic tools to help them get into college and pursue degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields.
The USC Young Researchers Program is the brainchild of Earth Science graduate students Laurie Chong and Carie Frantz and was developed under the guidance of Professor Will Berelson. The program was conceived in the fall of 2008 as a way to bring local high school students, especially disadvantaged and traditionally underrepresented students, to USC to experience research first-hand and to encourage these students to attend college and pursue careers in the sciences. The inaugural year of the program--the summer of 2009--saw seven students from two USC-neighborhood schools doing work in six different labs in the Earth and Marine Environmental Science Departments. After presenting their research posters at the end of the six weeks to friends, teachers, family, and USC students and professors, students reported that the program made them feel more confident in their abilities and more likely to go to college. We considered this a great success.
The program wrapped up its sixth year this past summer (2014). Check out what our students did last summer on our 2014 Program page.
We are immensely excited to announce receipt of a USC Good Neighbors Grant, made possible by the USC Good Neighbors Campaign, an employee giving program that supports university-community partnerships. This grant has allowed the Young Researchers Program to greatly expand activities for summer 2015! We thank USC Good Neighbors for their support.
In addition, this program and the opportunities it provides for high school students, and USC Ph.D. students and faculty, would not be possible without the financial support of the following:USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences
USC Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)
USC Neuroscience Graduate Program
Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations
USC Earth Sciences Department
We also thank the following organizations for volunteering time and services (including field trips and food!) to make this program possible:USC Wrigley Institute NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory