Apply to the Young Researchers Program

Please review the Program and FAQ tabs and this page before applying to the 2022 Young Researchers summer program.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: May 16, 2022

Program Dates: June 15, 2022 - July 29, 2022

Offers will be sent out by early June. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications, we cannot provide specific reasons why an application was not accepted.


The application deadline for this year's program is May 16, 2022. Exceptions to this deadline are rare. We will do our best to accommodate your application depending on the circumstances. 

Please note that the Young Researchers Program is only for high school rising senior students in the Los Angeles, Lynwood, Compton, or Inglewood Unified School Districts (charter schools okay!).  Unfortunately, we are not able to accept applications from students who reside outside of these districts.

The application is an electronic form that can be completed and submitted online. However, if you do not have regular access to a computer please contact us for other options.  Click below for instructions on how to fill out the application.


Determine Eligibility & Submit Application

1. Are you a rising high school senior (currently a junior)?

2. Do you live in Los Angeles and attend high school in the Los Angeles, Lynwood, Compton, or Inglewood Unified School Districts (including charter schools)?

3. Are you able to commit at least 15 hours per week for six weeks to a research project at USC, plus trip and seminars?

4. Have you been vaccinated for Measles and Covid-19 (2 doses)?

If yes to all of these, you are eligible to apply.