The Aspiring Scholars Directed Research Program (ASDRP) is a nonprofit, private research institution in Fremont, California. ASDRP is the Bay Area's premier precollegiate research & development institution, run by a consortium of highly skilled scientists, engineers, and researchers with years of academic and industry experience who collectively seek to push 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. 


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. Students in 9th-12th grade who are interested in performing research at ASDRP must apply at this link. ASDRP performs research year-round, but prospective applicants must apply before the posted deadlines. Please see the "Applications" page for deadlines. 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 that has real impact on society. 


Quite simply, we do research. Research at ASDRP is divided into three Departments - Biological, Human, and Life Sciences; Chemistry, Biochemistry & Physics; and Computer Science & Engineering. Our investigators and student researchers strive to make impact in fields ranging from cancer biology, drug discovery, and computer-guided drug design to radioastronomy, machine learning, psychology, and urban sustainability. 


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 radioburst signals, and much, much more. Read more about our research here. 

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. 

Fall 2021 Events

7:00-8:30 PM



Beginning on Tuesday, September 14 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.

6:30-7:15 PM

Parents Fireside Chat


Beginning on Wednesday, September 15 and 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.

11:00 AM - NOON

Saturday Seminars


Beginning on Saturday, September 25 and held once a month, ASDRP Saturday Seminars provide 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 Saturday Seminars.