Providing free and open-sourced research mentorship
to bridge the gap in science engagement
We are currently working on expanding the summer research mentorship programs to support other areas of STEM in the near future.
In the works for 2023.
In the works for 2023.
|Are the programs fully virtual?||Yes, all programs are virtual, and an asynchronous learning path is available for those who are juggling multiple things for the summer (camps, jobs, etc.).|
|Are there any fees for the program?||No. The program is absolutely free.|
|Who can apply?||Anyone who is a current high school student (grades 9 through 12) can apply.|
|How do I apply to be a student?||Each program has a separate application. You can find all application links in the Apply tab.|
|How are students selected?||In the rare case that we don't have enough mentors to support student interest, we will prioritize students who are from underserved communities, underrepresented in science, and/or upperclassmen who have never pursued scientific research in the past.|
Traditional research training has relied on in-person labwork mentored by staff in the research laboratory, limiting the number of students that can be trained in basic scientific research skills.
We pair students with mentors who will individually advise them on a flexible schedule (akin to private tutors) and provide resources to pursue project-based learning in scientific research. For budding scientists, this involves familiarizing themselves with science. For well-rooted scientists, this involves pursuing an independent research project using open-source materials.
As the students gain valuable scientific experiences, staff gain experience in leading a scientific project as a small-scale primary investigator and a scientific mentor. In the cases where students submit their summer projects to a student journal, these mentors serve as primary investigators for these papers. We employ diverse mentors with keenness to their passion for fostering diversity. We support volunteers and students alike in their professional development, which enables our program to flourish.
We are a collection of volunteers who are impassioned to bring science research to the people. We, as an organization, are a 501(c)3 charitable organization incorporated in the state of California. In the coming future, we aim to to grow the program across more disciplines and serve more individuals across the world.