Young Scholars Program

Welcome to the UC Davis Young Scholars Program

Tentative Program Dates: June 21 - August 1, 2020


It is with great disappointment that we have decided to cancel the Young Scholars Program for Summer, 2020. Due to the unique nature and structure of the program, we do not feel that we can provide students with the high quality experience they deserve in light of the unknown trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently we plan to operate the UC Davis Young Scholars Program next summer (June 21-July 31) and we anticipate applications for Summer 2021 will open on December 1st.

The application period has closed. 

The UC Davis Young Scholars Program is a summer residential research program designed to expose approximately 40 high achieving high school students to the world of original research in the natural sciences with emphasis on the biological, environmental and agricultural sciences. To be eligible for the summer of 2020, students must be currently enrolled as sophomores or juniors in high school and be rising juniors or rising seniors during the program summer. UC Davis Young Scholars Program participation is not limited to California students. Participants in the 2020 UC Davis Young Scholars Program will work one-on-one with research faculty and research groups in state of the art laboratories for six weeks. Each student will work on an individual project and prepare a journal quality paper and symposium presentation about their work. In addition to scientific research, the UC Davis Young Scholars Program strives to introduce participants to the climate and culture of living and working on a university campus. Staff make every effort to model the experiences that participants will have during their first years of college.

The anticipated application period for the summer of 2021 will open on December 1, 2020.




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