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).

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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, 2020).

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

  • 2021 Program Dates: Monday, June 29 – Thursday, August 5
  • Applications Open: mid-January
  • Applications Close: all forms are by the end of March
  • Results Posted By: Beginning of April
  • Program time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm Mondays through Thursdays


  • Students must be permanent Massachusetts residents (i.e. live and go to school in MA throughout the year).
  • 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.
  • Absences are NOT permitted.

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

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