For 56 years, YSP has brought high achieving high school students
to campus to introduce them to careers in scientific research.
This would not be possible without the guidance and support YSP
participants get from their UC Davis research mentors.
The 6 week program runs from late June to early August. Exact
program dates for the coming year can be found on the “About” tab
on this website. During the first two weeks, students attend a
morning lecture series and work in their labs in the afternoons.
During the final four weeks, each student works full time in the
lab. At the end of the program, students present their research
findings in an open symposium.
Interested in Hosting a Participant?
This year we have different tiers at which you can offer your
support as a research mentor. We welcome participation in more
than one tier if you are interested in working with the Young
Scholars Program in multiple ways. If you are interested
in working with us at any level, please email Director Megan
Bettis at firstname.lastname@example.org for sign-up links.
Tier 1 – “Dinner with a Scientist”
The goal of “Dinner with a Scientist” is to expose students to
different research that is happening across the UC Davis campus.
Over a virtual dinner, give a 10 minute research talk followed by
Q&A with a small group of students. Throughout the evening
we’ll rotate through four groups of students (30 minutes per
group). We hope to have three “Dinner with a Scientist” events
throughout the summer:
Thursday, June 24 from 6:00-8:30pm
Thursday, July 8 from 6:00-8:30pm
Thursday, July 22 from 6:00-8:30pm
Tier 2 – Mini Class
The goal of the mini class is to provide a more in-depth exposure
to a particular area of research happening on campus. We hope to
offer at least two different week long mini-classes. Each mini
class will meet for five days for 2.5 hours (12.5 hours total). A
YSP counselor will serve as a TA to assist you. We can offer
$1000 in research support funds. Mini classes will be held:
Week of June 21 from 9:00-11:30am
Week of June 28 from 9:00-11:30am
Tier 3 – Research Mentor
The goal of the research placement is to immerse students in a
research project. As a research mentor you would work with the
student in a remote format. In addition to mentoring students
through the research project we also ask that you help them as
they write their final paper and develop their research
presentation. We can offer $500 in research support funds.
University Policies for Working with Minors
In a continuing effort to meet university policy expectations
we are required to fingerprint any adult who supervises a high
school student in their lab. If this is your first experience
with us, we will work with you to insure that this process causes
the least amount of disruption to your busy schedule. If you’ve
worked with us previously, you will likely not need to be
fingerprinted again. All of the costs of the fingerprinting will
be covered by UCD-YSP. Please do not let this be a deterrent to
your participation. Fingerprinting has become a regular
expectation in any program where adults work closely with minors.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact
the Program Director, Megan McKenzie Bettis at
If you are unable to participate in UCD-YSP this summer but know
a researcher or new faculty member who may be interested, please
forward this email or reply with their contact information. You
are our greatest asset in recruiting new faculty mentors and the
opportunities you provide allows us to offer a high quality
program for our participants.
Support For Research Mentors
Prior to the start of the program, we will provide you with
a short virtual training on how to work with high school
students most effectively. During the program, your student’s YSP
counselor will check in with you and be available to contact if
any questions or concerns arise.
If you would like more information about the program, please feel
free to contact Megan Bettis, look through the rest of this
website, or follow YSP on social media.