FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

COVID19:

This year we have to shift our program online. All field trips and in-person lab activities have been canceled. YOU MUST HAVE COMPUTER/WiFi ACCESS TO JOIN OUR WEEKLY SEMINARS! WE CANNOT PROVIDE YOU WITH EITHER COMPUTERS OR WiFi. Please email us if you have any questions. 

I AM STILL CONFUSED ABOUT YRP!

YRP IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR RISING SENIORS TO GAIN REAL-WORLD SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH EXPERIENCE. THE GOAL IS NOT ONLY TO EXPOSE STUDENTS TO SCIENCE THEY MAY OTHERWISE NOT BE INVOLVED IN, BUT ALSO TO ENCOURAGE A FUTURE CAREER IN SCIENCE. EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT WORKING WITH A LAB OF YOUR CHOICE, ALL RESEARCH SKILLS LEARNED DURING TIME WITH YRP IS TRANSLATABLE TO VARIOUS LABS AND WILL IMPROVE COLLEGE APPLICATIONS.

DO I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO SWIM TO PARTICIPATE IN YRP ACTIVITIES?

NO!

DOES IT COST ANYTHING TO PARTICIPATE IN YRP?

NO! YRP DOES NOT CHARGE TUITION TO ITS PARTICIPANTS.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO ARE FINISHING THEIR JUNIOR YEAR AND ENTERING THEIR SENIOR YEAR ARE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE. ALL APPLICANTS MUST be attending high-school at the Los Angeles, Lynwood, Compton, or Inglewood Unified School Districts. 

I LIVE OUTSIDE OF LOS ANGELES DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR, BUT I VISIT EVERY SUMMER, CAN I APPLY?

NO. OUR FUNDING IS LIMITED AND WE ARE FOCUSED ON HELPING OUR COMMUNITIES WITHIN LOS ANGELES.

HOW MUCH TIME DOES THE PROGRAM TAKE?

YRP IS A SIX-WEEK PROGRAM LASTING FROM MID-JUNE TO EARLY AUGUST. EACH PARTICIPANT IS EXPECTED TO WORK WITH THEIR MENTORS FOR 15 HOURS PER WEEK. HOWEVER, YOUR SPECIFIC SCHEDULE WILL BE DETERMINED BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR MENTOR. THERE WILL ALSO BE MANDATORY FIELD TRIPS.
 

WILL YRP PROVIDE COLLEGE RECOMMENDATION LETTERS?

WHILE THERE IS NO GUARANTEE, YRP IS AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY TO NETWORK WITH GRADUATE STUDENTS AND FACULTY AT USC WHO MAY, LATER ON, WRITE A COLLEGE RECOMMENDATION LETTER. USE YOUR TIME WITH YRP WISELY.

DO I NEED TO HAVE VACCINATIONS?

YES. USC HAS IMPLEMENTED A POLICY WHERE ALL MINORS MUST BE UP-TO-DATE ON THEIR VACCINATIONS, THIS INCLUDES MEASLES. PROOF OF VACCINATIONS WILL BE ASKED UPON PROGRAM ACCEPTANCE. NO EXCEPTIONS CAN BE MADE. 

IS HOUSING OR TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE?

NO. YRP DOES NOT PROVIDE HOUSING FOR STUDENTS. EACH PARTICIPANT MUST HAVE THEIR OWN TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM USC.

NOTE: LA METRO PASSES WILL BE PROVIDED.
 

I LIVE IN LA IN THE SUMMER, BUT ATTEND HIGH SCHOOL ELSEWHERE, AM I ELIGIBLE FOR YRP?

NO. Sorry.

DO MY GPA OR SAT SCORES MATTER?

NO. WE DO NOT ASK FOR SAT OR GPA SCORES IN THE APPLICATION.

CAN I SUBMIT GPA/SAT SCORES TO BOOST MY APPLICATION?

NO.

WHAT TYPES OF LABORATORIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR ME TO PARTICIPATE IN? WILL I GET MY FIRST CHOICE LAB?

LABS AVAILABLE FOR STUDENT PAIRING ARE DEPENDENT ON MENTORS FOR THAT PARTICULAR SUMMER. LABS SPAN RESEARCH AREAS INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO EARTH SCIENCE, NEUROSCIENCE, CHEMISTRY, ENGINEERING, AND MARINE BIOLOGY. WE CANNOT GUARANTEE YOU WILL GET YOUR RESEARCH AREA OF CHOICE, BUT KEEP IN MIND ALL RESEARCH EXPERIENCE IS USEFUL.

 

DO I HAVE TO LIKE MEMES?

NO, I GUESS.  

HOW DO I APPLY?

TO APPLY, CLICK HERE.

WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE? CAN I APPLY LATE?

3 APRIL 2020. YOU MAY APPLY UNTIL APRIL 5TH IF YOU GET PRIOR PERMISSION FROM US. NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED BEYOND APRIL 5TH.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE NOTIFICATION ABOUT MY APPLICATION STATUS?

EARLY MAY.  

WHAT IF I CANNOT ATTEND A FIELD TRIP?

YOU MUST LET US KNOW BY ORIENTATION, NON-EMERGENCY SITUATIONS WILL NOT BE EXCUSED AND MAY RESULT IN PROGRAM TERMINATION!  

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