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).
Please see this page in regards to COVID-19 impacts on the application process/summer program.
Laboratory research experiences. Work virtually in research laboratories within Northeastern University’s Colleges of Arts, Sciences and Engineering. In the past, students have worked with a variety of faculty such as: Professor Sara Hashmi, using agent-based modeling simulation to explore questions about active particles in flow; Professor Shelley Lin, designing new model compression algorithms that can facilitate FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) implementation and optimization; Professor Mike Kane, exploring and optimizing battery chemistries that can be combined to meet the energy demands of remote islands; and Professors Mansoor Amiji/Lara Milane, evaluating new cancer therapies and exploring how to overcome multi-drug resistance.
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.
Field trips to a variety of corporate and government sites to see and speak with engineers in action. In the past, students have 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.
- 2021 Program Dates: Monday, June 28 – Thursday, August 5 [All Virtual]
- Applications Open: 2022
- Applications Close: Application is closed. Please submit Letters of Recommendation by Sunday, Mar 21 (will accept later as well).
- Results Posted By: April
- Program time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Mondays through Thursdays
- Students must be permanent Massachusetts residents (i.e. live and go to school in MA throughout the year).
- Priority is given to those students who have low access to similar programs and live within commuting distance of Northeastern University.
- Only students entering 12th grade in the fall following the program (current juniors) are eligible to apply. Students from any schools (public, private, homeschooled, etc) are eligible.
- An even number of males and females will be selected, from a diverse range of demographic backgrounds.
- Absences are NOT permitted unless in a documented emergency.
Please read all instructions before beginning the application. Questions or emails regarding YSP please address to Claire Duggan, Director for the Center for STEM Education and/or the 2021 YSP Coordinator Nicolas Fuchs.
- 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. Please also note that this program may be held virtually, hybrid, or in-person depending on the circumstance surrounding COVID-19.
- We suggest writing your essay questions ahead of time, click here for 2021 essay prompts
- Two teacher recommendations, preferred in a STEM subject, are required
- 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 YSP Recommendation Request Form to give to your recommender so they are informed about the program and recommendation process: WORD DOC | PDF File
- Semi-finalists may be required to send a transcript and 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 [email protected]