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The Aspiring Scholars Directed Research Program (ASDRP) is a nonprofit, private research institution in Fremont, California.


ASDRP is the premier pre-collegiate research & development institution. We mentor high school students - budding scientists in 9th through 12th grade - who come from every corner of the greater Bay Area, California, across the United States, and around the world. 


We are run by a consortium of highly skilled scientists, engineers, and researchers with years of academic and industry experience.

ASDRP pushes forward the current frontiers in biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, psychology, medicine, engineering, and more.


Meet our leadership team and some of our faculty members here


Every Tuesday at 7:00 PM

Colloquia are public events, and anyone can join. This event is mandatory for ASDRP Researchers
Click here to learn how to participate



Applications are competitive, but we aren't necessarily looking for simply "straight-A's" or a particular grade point average.

We seek student researchers who are passionate, who are unafraid of a steep learning curve, and who want to be involved in real science with real impact on society. 


ASDRP performs research year-round, prospective applicants

must apply before the posted deadlines in Applications.

As in any other R&D establishment, we publish papers, present work at conferences, and generate intellectual property. Check out some of our latest preprints, publications, and conference proceedings here. 



Our scientists are involved in developing novel therapies against cancer, using data science to understand the impact of climate change on society, synthesizing the next generation of antibiotics, developing machine learning platforms for drug discovery, understanding mechanisms of memory acquisition, probing the universe for ultrafast radio burst signals, and much, much more. 


Our investigators and student researchers strive to cause impact in fields ranging from cancer biology, drug discovery, and computer-guided drug design to radioastronomy, machine learning, psychology, and urban sustainability.

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Research at ASDRP is mainly divided into three Departments

high school, high-school, student
Bay Area, Fremont, California

Check out our YouTube Channel

Summer 2024 Ongoing Events

7:00-8:30 PM


Tuesday's and held every week, senior researchers in each department at ASDRP give public seminars presenting the current state of the field and disseminating how their research at ASDRP fits into the broader context of the frontiers of modern science and engineering. Colloquia are public events, and anyone can join. 

Click here for the current Colloquia Website

Summer 2024 Dates - Every Tuesday
- June 11
- June 18
- June 25
- July 2
- July 9
- July 16
- July 23
- July 30
- Aug 6

- Aug 13

- Aug 27 Blitz Talks

6:30-7:15 PM



Held every other Wednesday, the ASDRP Parent Fireside Chat is our way of keeping you informed, providing updates, and helping you and your researcher get acclimated to everything ASDRP. Check your email for the zoom link and topics for the meets.

Summer  2024 - Wednesdays (Bi-weekly)
- Jun 12

- Jun 26
- July 3
- July 17
- July 31
- Aug 14

- Aug 28

10:00-11:30 AM



Held Weekly, ASDRP Research 101provide you with knowledge, skill, and tools to make you a well-rounded, productive, and successful researcher. Check your email for the zoom link and topics we will cover during the Research 101 Seminars.

Summer 2024 Dates (Saturday's)
- June 8
- June 15
- June 22
- June 29
- July 6

- July 13

- July 20

- July 27

- Aug 3

- Aug 10

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