For almost 60 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
The six-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?
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 your lab. 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. If you are interested in
working with us please email Director Megan Bettis at firstname.lastname@example.org for
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.
One-on-one interactions between adult participants and youths
may only take place in open, well-illuminated spaces or rooms
observable by other adults directly involved in the activity or
Individuals who interact with, supervise, chaperone, or
oversee minors in any activities and programs are required to
participate in the University’s background screening program.
Screening is required every 3 years. All of the costs of the
fingerprinting will be covered by UCD-YSP.
Individuals who interact with, supervise, chaperone or
oversee minors are also required to complete training regarding
mandatory reporting and maintaining a safe program for minors.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Program
Director Megan McKenzie Bettis at email@example.com.
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.