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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 2013 program wrapped up with our annual poster symposium in August- check out pictures and projects on the 2013 program page. If you're interested in applying for 2014, see here!

2013 Group Picture

About the YRP

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.

History of the YRP

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.

Check out the outstanding students that joined us in our first four years, summers 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, on our 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 Program pages.

The program wrapped up its fifth year this past summer (2013). Check out what our students did last summer on our 2013 Program page.

Sponsors

Financial support for this program has generously been provided by:

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences Graduate Student Professionalization Initiative

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences Graduate Student Professionalization Initiative

USC Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)

USC Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE); and check out WiSE and YRP

USC Neuroscience Graduate Program

USC Neuroscience Graduate Program

Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations

Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations

USC Department of Earth Sciences

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 for Environmental Studies

USC Wrigley Institute

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory