Do it, in 2021. Or else.


The 2020 Young Researchers summer program will take place:

Student Orientation - TBD (end of June)

Program Dates: TBD (July to early/mid-August)

The application deadline for 2020:

May 15th, 2020

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.

Mandatory attendance to the following are required if accepted into YRP:

Field Trip to Catalina Island: Cancelled :(

Field Trip to NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Cancelled :(

Camping at King's Canyon Sequoia: Cancelled :(

Poster Symposium: Cancelled :(


The application deadline for this year's program is May 15th, 2020. 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. Funding is very limited and until then we cannot make any exceptions.

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.

Applications are judged holistically and collectively by the entire YRP team. Due to the nature of the application decision process, we cannot discuss specific details for those who were not selected. If you are eligible (see below) we highly encourage you to apply.


STEP 1:  Read detailed tips, instructions, and eligibility page for YRP Application.


STEP 2: Obtain a recommendation letter.


STEP 3: The 2021 Application will open in February of 2021!

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