Thank you for your interest in the Young Researchers Program. Please find information about how you can get involved below.

USC Graduate Students, Faculty and Departments

Are you interested in hosting a high school student in your lab? Let us know! We work with participating labs to help determine appropriate projects. High school students must be supervised at all times while working in USC labs; the expected time commitment for a supervising graduate student is 15 hours per week for the duration of the six-week program. Host labs are encouraged to involve their student in fieldwork and hands-on lab work. We are happy to meet one-on-one or organize a departmental presentation. Please contact our Mentor Recruitment Coordinator for more information.

High Schools

High schools in the USC neighborhood play an important role in encouraging their students to participate in the Young Researchers summer program. If you would like to involve your students in this program, please contact our High School Recruitment Coordinator. We typically visit high schools during the month of February to present the program to students in their science classrooms.


Become a sponsor! Sponsors can provide in-kind (e.g. food for our workshops) or monetary donations. Sponsors may also support students directly by providing a stipend for a high school participant, graduate student supervisor, or a high school student - grad student mentorship pair. This is an entirely not-for-profit program run by graduate student volunteers. If you are interested in finding out how you can help us out, please contact our Program Coordinator.