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About the program

Promoting everyday innovation and creativity

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Provide access to scientific research and mentorship for high school students underrepresented in STEM or students with socioeconomic difficulty.

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Give students an opportunity for original research in an environment that provides them with the mentorship and resources to explore research in a variety of STEM and interdisciplinary fields.

EDUCATION

Give students familiarity with the current scientific literature & the frontiers of modern research in their field of interest.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Build skills in public speaking, technical writing, analytical thinking, and experimental design.

Mission & Vision

Mission

The Aspiring Scholars Directed Research Program (ASDRP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research & development (R&D) institution that provides opportunities for high school students throughout the Bay Area, especially those who are underrepresented in STEM or who are socioeconomically disadvantaged, to conduct high-level novel scientific research. As the premier precollegiate research establishment in the Bay Area, ASDRP is committed to both producing state-of-the-art research year round, and serving the diverse community in which we are located.

Students participate in research projects across various subjects in STEM, including chemistry, biology, computational modeling, computer science, and much more. Students publish and present their work as well in venues within and outside of ASDRP. Research in ASDRP is supervised by highly skilled scientists  and engineers on the research faculty, who are clustered under one of three departments - Biological/Human/Life Sciences, Chemistry/Biochemistry/Physics, or Computer Science & Engineering. Click on the Research tab above to learn more about each department. We function much like any other research establishment in industry or in academia: we pursue challenging and novel research questions, we make discoveries, and we publish papers and present work at conferences.  But there's one catch - the science is in the hands of high school students

ASDRP provides students with research mentors and over $4M worth of research equipment in our research laboratory (for more information, please see our Facilities page). Students are matched with research mentors who have experience in academia or industry in their particular field; together, they design a research project. These projects are not science experiments in which the results are known a priori, but rather are original research projects that expand current scientific knowledge. Students execute research projects, learn scientific reading and writing skills, write research papers on their results, undergo mock peer-review, publish their research papers in the ASDRP Communications online journal, and give poster presentations at the end-of-summer expo. Students additionally publish and present their work in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. We follow up with students from ASDRP to help place them into university research laboratories and industry internships in subsequent summers. The inaugural cohort of ASDRP started in summer 2018.

We invite you to read more about our facilities and program model throughout this website. You can access student research papers on the Journal page, peruse the various projects and disciplines in which students conduct research, learn more about our facilities, and more.

 

ASDRP is a translatable model for increasing interest in, and exposure to, novel scientific research among high school students, especially those who are underrepresented in STEM. ASDRP is a production of Olive Children Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Fremont, CA.

Please email us at support@asdrp.org if you have any questions.

Summer

At a glance: ASDRP Summer 2024

Timeline

  • Summer 2024:  June 1 -  August 24

  • October 1, 2024: Online applications for the Summer 2024 cohort of ASDRP open.

  • February 1, 2024:  Early Applications Round 1 DUE at 11:59 PM PST. Rolling admissions: apply as soon as possible

  • April 15, 2024:  Final application deadline at 11:59 PM PST. No late applications will be reviewed.

  • May 1, 2024: Commitment deadline: tuition due in full. Program pre-work begins online
     

  • May 3 & 4, 2024: Orientation

  • June 1, 2024: Program Officially Begins

  • August 24, 2024: 202 ASDRP Expo & Research Symposium

Applications for Summer Research are open to rising 9th - 12th grade students around the Bay Area. We encourage all students, regardless of demographic and socioeconomic background, to apply.

Logistics & Details

General Questions:

support@asdrp.org

Admissions & Applications:

support@asdrp.org

Facilities & Stockroom:

support@asdrp.org

Program Cost

$0 - $995

ASDRP dues cover about 25% of the cost of supporting a research student, and reflect the minimum operational costs of the organization's infrastructure. 

For students who meet financial need eligibility criteria, there is no cost to attending ASDRP.  Please email admissions@asdrp.org for questions related to financial aid.

Each year, ASDRP awards several partial and full scholarships for students from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue STEM research. We firmly believe that finances should never be a barrier in STEM opportunities, so all applicants are encouraged to apply, and to apply specifically for financial aid where there is need. We believe keeping a minimal operational cost is consistent with the spirit and vision of ASDRP.

Additionally, students accepted in ASDRP are given the option to select specialty courses such as Machine Learning, Organic Chemistry, MatLab, etc. at no additional cost.

At a glance: Academic Year 2023-2024

Schol Year
Timeline
  • Fall Term: September 1 - January 15

  • Spring Term: January 16 - May 30

  • July 1, 2024: Applications for Fall 2024 ASDRP open.

  • July 24, 2024: Priority review deadline for Fall 2023 applicants.

  • August 15, 2024: Applications due for Fall 2023 research positions.

Research is typically conducted in the evenings and weekends. 

Program Cost

$995

Applications for School Year Research are open to current 9th - 12th grade students around the Bay Area. We encourage all students, regardless of demographic and socioeconomic background, to apply.

Logistics & Details

General Questions:

support@asdrp.org

Admissions & Applications:

support@asdrp.org

Facilities & Stockroom:

support@asdrp.org

Each year, ASDRP awards several partial and full scholarships for students from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue STEM research. We firmly believe that finances should never be a barrier in STEM opportunities, so all applicants are encouraged to apply, and to apply specifically for financial aid where there is need.

 

We believe keeping a minimal operational cost is consistent with the spirit and vision of ASDRP. The above cost does not reflect the actual cost of taking on a student researcher. In fact, program costs account for less than half of the resources and funding required to take on a research student. This would not be made possible without the generous support of our corporate and community sponsors, research grants, and other sources  of funding.

Sponsors & Community Supporters

We thank our sponsors for support to make ASDRP possible and

accessible to students of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

nanalysis
BiolinkDepot
western digital
DuPont Pioneer
OrcaBio
PCT Systems
STEM Education Coalition
olive children foundation
Research
Berkeley
HomeDepot
STEM
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