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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, and across the United States. 


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




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

Spring 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

Spring 2024 Dates - Every Tuesday
- Feb 6
- Feb 13
- Feb 20
- Feb 27
- Mar 5
- Mar 12
- Mar 19
- Mar 26
- Apr 2

- Apr 9

- Apr 16

- Apr 23

- Apr 30

- May 7

- May 21 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.

Spring  2024 - Wednesdays (Bi-weekly)
- Jan 31

- Feb 14
- Feb 28
- Mar 13
- Mar 27
- Apr 10

- Apr 24

- May 8

- May 22

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.

Spring 2024 Dates
- Feb 3
- Feb 10
- Feb 17
- Feb 24
- Mar 2

- Mar 9

- Mar 16

- Mar 23

- Mar 30

- Apr 6

- Apr 13

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