Young Scholar’s Program (YSP)

Applications are open, please see below

Overview:

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).

>Alumni Information<

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 Nanomanufacturing (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).

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

  • 2019 Program Dates: June 24 – August 1, 2019
  • Applications will open for this year’s program mid-January
  • Applications Close (all forms due by): March 1, 2019
  • Results Posted By: End of March
  • Time of day: 8:00am-4:30pm

Eligibility:

  • Students must be permanent Massachusetts residents (this is a non-resident program).
  • Only students 12th grade the fall following the program (current junior) 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 Instructions:

Please read all instructions before beginning application.  Questions or emails regarding YSP please address to YSP Coordinator Emily Chernich

Complete the online student application: Click Here

*Note: Once you start the application, you must complete it in one sitting.  You cannot save/resume later.

  1.  Essays
    • Essay questions are available for previewing – Click Here
    • It helps to answer the questions ahead of time and insert your completed responses in the application
  2. 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.
  3. High School Transcript:
    • Provide most recent high school transcript
    • Preferred format is paper mail:
      Center for STEM Education
      Attn: Young Scholars Program
      153 Snell Engineering
      Northeastern University
      360 Huntington Ave
      Boston, Massachusetts, 02115
  4. Students may be interviewed prior to being selected, if deemed necessary.
  5. If selected, the student and one parent/guardian must attend one of the mandatory orientations 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 NUStemEd@gmail.com.

Blog Posts

Upcoming Events

  1. Engineering Explorations – Engineer’s Week 2019

    February 19 @ 8:30 am - February 22 @ 3:00 pm
  2. Engineering for Everyone Expo

    February 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  3. BPS Science and Engineering Fair (Set-Up Day)

    March 1 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
  4. BPS Science and Engineering Fair

    March 2 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  5. STEM Field Trip – Joyce Kilmer

    March 15 @ 9:35 am - 1:10 pm