Young Scholar’s Program (YSP)


The Young Scholars Program offers future scientists and engineers a unique opportunity for a hands-on research experience while still in high school. The program is open to Massachusetts residents (within commuter distance) who have completed their junior year of high school (i.e. rising seniors).

Applications for Summer 2020 are now live.


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Laboratory research experiences. Work in research laboratories within Northeastern University’s Colleges of Arts, Sciences and Engineering. Many assignments will work with faculty affiliated with the Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems (Gordon CenSSIS) the Center for High Rate Nano-manufacturing (CHN), and the newly formed ALERT center at Northeastern University. In 2016, students worked with faculty such as: Professor Brad Lehman, who is working to create solar panels that could effectively charge car and cell phone batteries in short time periods; Professor Carol Livermore, who is focusing on finding a way to make tissue fold on its own to help support healthy organ growth; and Assistant Professor Raymond Fu, who is making a program that will predict when a video on a social media website is unsuitable for children. Find out more information about Participating Laboratories (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019).

Career exploration. Participate in a special seminar series, Introduction to Engineering, with presentations by Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Computer, Mechanical, and Industrial Engineering professors and graduate students. Topics include radar, environmental issues, superconductivity, lasers, microwave materials, biotechnology, chemical analysis, and robotics.

Education and career counseling. A general overview of engineering education for undergraduate students will be presented by the Dean’s Office of the College of Engineering. The Department of Cooperative Education will acquaint students with the ‘nuts and bolts’ of careers for scientists and engineers. Also, each Young Scholar participates in college and career counseling with the program’s coordinators and mentors.

Assistant professor Matthew Eckelman shares the yearbook from his time as a high school student in the Young Scholars Program with current scholars MaryBeth Rockett and Louis Sokolow.

Assistant professor Matthew Eckelman shares his yearbook from his time as a high school student in the Young Scholars Program with 2016 scholars MaryBeth Rockett and Louis Sokolow. Article

Field trips to a variety of corporate and government sites to see and speak with engineers in action. In 2016, students traveled to Biogen, the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center, Akamai, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and the MIT Chemical Engineering Labs.

Experience college life. Young Scholars become acquainted with college life and students at various points in their academic careers, and have access to the University’s Snell Library and Curry Student Center.

Northeastern’s dedication to encouraging industry-relevant experiences along with classroom education is the major thrust of the program. The University’s outstanding facilities and staff, coupled with Northeastern’s hands-on approach, provide a challenging opportunity.

Key Dates

  • 2020 Program Dates: June 22 – July 30, 2020
  • Applications will open for this year’s program mid-January
  • Applications Close (all forms due by): March 15, 2020
  • Results Posted By: Beginning of April
  • Program time: 8:00am-4:30pm Monday through Thursday


  • Students must be permanent Massachusetts residents (this is a non-resident program).
  • Only students entering 12th grade in the fall following the program (current juniors) are eligible to apply. Students from any schools (public, private, home schooled, etc) are eligible.
  • An even number of males and females will be selected, from a diverse range of demographic backgrounds.
  • Upon entrance into the program there will be a $150 commitment fee.
  • Absences are NOT permitted.


Application Process

Please read all instructions before beginning the application. Questions or emails regarding YSP please address to YSP Coordinators Salima Amiji and Natasha Zaarour

  • Complete the Online Student Application
  • Please be aware that the online application will take 60-90 minutes to complete, and cannot be saved or restarted at a later date.
  • As such, we suggest writing your essay questions ahead of time, click here for 2020 essay prompts
  • Two teacher recommendations, preferred in STEM subject
  • You will be required to submit the recommenders’ email addresses when submitting the online application
  • Please ensure the email is accurate since they will receive an automated email once you submit your application.
  • Recommendation forms will be completed online by the teacher
  • Download this form YSP Recommendation Request Form to give to your recommender so they are informed about the program and recommendation process
  • High School Transcript:
    • Please provide the most recent high school transcript
    • The preferred format is paper mail:
      • Center for STEM Education
        Attn: Young Scholars Program
        009 Dana Research Center
        Northeastern University
        360 Huntington Avenue
        Boston, Massachusetts 02115
  • Students may be interviewed prior to being selected if deemed necessary.
  • If selected, the student and one parent/guardian must attend the mandatory orientation in June. Failure to attend the orientation even if accepted will result in forfeiture of your slot in the program.

If you have questions or need additional information, email the Center for STEM Education at

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Upcoming Events

  1. Engineering Explorations 2020

    February 17 @ 8:30 am - February 21 @ 3:00 pm
  2. BPS Science and Engineering Fair (Set-Up Day)

    February 28
  3. BPS Science and Engineering Fair

    February 29 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
  4. STEM Field Trip – Joyce Kilmer

    March 13
  5. STEM Field Trip – Tucker Elementary

    March 20