Dates

  • Applications Posted: January 2015
  • Program Dates: June 22, 2015 – July 31, 2015

Overview

The Young Scholars Program offers future scientists and engineers a unique CAM01397opportunity for hands-on experience while still in high school. The program is open to Boston area applicants who have completed either their sophomore or junior year in high school. It is a highly selective program, in which hundreds apply and a small cohort are accepted each year.

The program recently concluded for the summer. We hope all participants enjoyed their experience on campus and working in their respective labs! The Center for STEM will be posting applications for next year in January 2015.

Laboratory research experiences. Work in research laboratories within Northeastern University’s Colleges of Arts and 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 2014, 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.

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. And each Young Scholar participates in college and career counseling with the program’s coordinators and mentors.

Field trips to a variety of corporate and government sites to see and speak with engineers in action. In 2014, students traveled to Biogen Idec, Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center.

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.

Program Results

  • 81% of students reported the preparatory exercises and exposure to campus life contributed to their overall readiness for college.
  • 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.
  • 96% of the students said the program exceeded their expectations.