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USC Graduate Students and Laboratories

Are you interested in mentoring a high school student, or hosting high school students in your lab? Let us know! We work with participating labs to help determine appropriate projects. High school students must be supervised at all times while working in USC labs; the expected time commitment for a supervising graduate student is 15 hours per week for the duration of the six-week program and the time required to design a small-scale research project in your research specialty. Host labs are encouraged to involve their student in fieldwork and hands-on lab work. We are happy to meet one-on-one or organize a departmental presentation. Please contact us for more information and complete the Mentor Interest Form

High Schools

High schools around USC play an important role in encouraging their students to participate in the Young Researchers summer program. If you would like to involve your students in this program, please contact us. We typically visit high schools during February and March to present the program to students in their science classrooms.


Become a sponsor! Sponsors can provide in-kind (e.g. food for our workshops) or monetary donations. Sponsors may also support students directly by providing a stipend for a high school participant, graduate student supervisor, or a high school student / grad student pair. This is an entirely not-for-profit program run by graduate student volunteers. If you are interested in finding out how you can help us out, please contact us.

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