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Applications for summer 2024 will open January 15, 2024
Program dates: June 25 – August 5, 2023
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
within the fields of the biological, agricultural, environmental
and natural sciences.
Participants in the 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
In addition to scientific research, the UC Davis Young Scholars
Program strives to introduce participants to the climate and
culture of living and learning on a university campus. Staff
make every effort to model the experiences that participants will
have during their first years of college.
All participants will be enrolled in five (5) units of
University Group Study Credit. Assignments for the program
include research notebooks, a written article of journal quality
describing the research project and its conclusions, presentation
of the individual project at a research symposium and
presentation of research to students at the home high school. All
work in the program is graded and credit will be awarded after
home presentations are completed.
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