Young Scholar’s Program (YSP)


yspThe Young Scholars Program offers future scientists and engineers a unique opportunity for a hands-on research experience while still in high school. The program is open to Boston area applicants who have completed their junior year of high school (i.e. rising seniors).

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Laboratory research experiences. Work in research laboratories within Northeastern University’s Colleges of Arts, Sciences and Engineering. Many assignments will work with faculty affiliated with the Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems (Gordon CenSSIS) the Center for High Rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN), and the newly formed ALERT center at Northeastern University. In 2016, students worked with faculty such as: Professor Brad Lehman, who is working to create solar panels that could effectively charge car and cell phone batteries in short time periods; Professor Carol Livermore, who is focusing on finding a way to make tissue fold on its own to help support healthy organ growth; and Assistant Professor Raymond Fu, who is making a program that will predict when a video on a social media website is unsuitable for children. Find out more information about Participating Laboratories (2015, 2016, 2017).

Career exploration. Participate in a special seminar series, Introduction to Engineering, with presentations by Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Computer, Mechanical, and Industrial Engineering professors and graduate students. Topics include radar, environmental issues, superconductivity, lasers, microwave materials, biotechnology, chemical analysis, and robotics.

Education and career counseling. A general overview of engineering education for undergraduate students will be presented by the Dean’s Office of the College of Engineering. The Department of Cooperative Education will acquaint students with the ‘nuts and bolts’ of careers for scientists and engineers. Also, each Young Scholar participates in college and career counseling with the program’s coordinators and mentors.

Assistant professor Matthew Eckelman shares the yearbook from his time as a high school student in the Young Scholars Program with current scholars MaryBeth Rockett and Louis Sokolow.

Assistant professor Matthew Eckelman shares his yearbook from his time as a high school student in the Young Scholars Program with 2016 scholars MaryBeth Rockett and Louis Sokolow. Article

Field trips to a variety of corporate and government sites to see and speak with engineers in action. In 2016, students traveled to Biogen, the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center, Akamai, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and the MIT Chemical Engineering Labs.

Experience college life. Young Scholars become acquainted with college life and students at various points in their academic careers, and have access to the University’s Snell Library and Curry Student Center.

Northeastern’s dedication to encouraging industry-relevant experiences along with classroom education is the major thrust of the program. The University’s outstanding facilities and staff, coupled with Northeastern’s hands-on approach, provide a challenging opportunity.

Key Dates

  • 2017 Program Dates: June 26 – August 3
  • Applications Open: Closed
  • Applications Close: March 31, 2017
  • Paper forms (essay, transcript, recommendations) due by: March 31,2017
  • Results Posted By: End of April, 2017
  • Time of day: 8:00am-4:30pm


  • Students must be permanent Massachusetts residents.
  • Only students 12th grade the fall following the program are eligible to apply. Students from any schools (public, private, home schooled, etc) are eligible.
  • An even number of males and females will be selected, from a diverse range of demographic backgrounds.
  • Immediate family members of Northeastern University faculty may apply to the program but are not given any special preference. They must still follow all other eligibility rules.
  • Upon entrance into the program there will be a $150 commitment fee.

Application Process:

  1. Read through program information for dates and eligibility status
  2. Complete the online student application.
    • Note: Once you start the application, you must complete it in one sitting. It helps to answer the questions ahead of time.
  3. Complete and send in two teacher recommendations, one from the current science teacher and one from the current math teacher.
  4. Send in your official transcript.
  5. Send recommendations and transcript to:
    • Center for STEM Education
    • Attn: Young Scholars Program
    • 153 Snell Engineering
    • Northeastern University
    • 360 Huntington Ave
    • Boston, Massachusetts, 02115
  6. Students may be interviewed prior to being selected, if deemed necessary.
  7. If selected, the student and one parent/guardian must attend one of the mandatory orientations in June. Failure to attend the orientation even if accepted will result in forfeiture of your slot in the program.

Program Results

  • We have supported over 400 YSP participants since the program was established.
  • 91% of students report that the program has increased their awareness of STEM career pathways. Additionally, 89% believe they will choose a STEM major in college while 77% of those that will, claim that the Young Scholars Program was a contributing factor in their decision.
  • 81% of students reported the preparatory exercises and exposure to campus life contributed to their overall readiness for college.
  • 96% of the students said the program exceeded their expectations.

Final Presentations for YSP 2016

Contact Us Directly

Staff Directory

(617) 373-8380

Physical Address:
110 Forsyth Street
Room 153 Snell Engineering
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Mailing Address:
Center for STEM Education
153 Snell Engineering
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Field Trip Drop-off Address:
Ruggles Rotary (120 Forsyth Street)
Boston, Massachusetts 02115