About ASDRP

Bringing scientific research to students of all backgrounds

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

 

Aspiring Scholars Directed Research Program (ASDRP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research 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 high school 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 $2M 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 asdrp.admin@asdrp.org if you have any questions.

 

At a glance: ASDRP Summer 2020

Program Dates

June 14, 2020 - August 23, 2020

November 11, 2019: 

Applications for the 2020 cycle of ASDRP open.

February 8, 2020: 

Early Applications DUE at 11:59 PM PST.

Rolling admissions: apply as soon as possible

February 15, 2020:

First notifications, rolling admissions

April 11, 2020:

Final application deadline at 11:59 PM PST.

May 1, 2020:

Commitment deadline: tuition due in full

Program pre-work begins online

June 14, 2020: 

ASDRP 2020 Cohort Orientation; Program Officially Begins

August 23, 2020:

2020 Fremont & East Bay STEM 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:

asdrp.admin@asdrp.org

Admissions & Applications:

admissions@asdrp.org

Facilities & Stockroom:

laboratory@asdrp.org

Program Cost

$850

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 2020-2021

Program Dates

Fall Term: September 1 - January 15

Spring Term: January 16 - May 30

July 17, 2020: 

Applications for Fall 2020 ASDRP open.

August 15, 2020:

Priority review deadline for Fall 2020 applicants.

August 30, 2020: 

Applications due for Fall 2020 research positions.

Research is conducted in the evenings and weekends. 

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:

asdrp.admin@asdrp.org

Admissions & Applications:

admissions@asdrp.org

Facilities & Stockroom:

laboratory@asdrp.org

Cost per semester

$900

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.

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ASDRP Leadership & Directors

University of California, Davis

David Linnevers

Director of Operations

david.linnevers@asdrp.org

Robert Downing

Director of Computational Research

Chair, Department of Computer Science & Engineering

robert.downing@fremontstem.com

Phil Mui

Board Member

Department of Computer Science & Engineering

phil.mui@fremontstem.com

Soumya Suresh

Chair, Biological & Life Sciences

soumya.suresh@fremontstem.com

Jimmy Qian

Chair of the Board,

Director of Admissions

jimmy.qian@asdrp.org

Ankur Gupta

Director of Biomedical Research

Director of Educational Outreach

ankur.gupta@asdrp.org

Edward Njoo

Director of Research & Development

Chair, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

edward.njoo@asdrp.org

Avery Kruger

Chief Editor, ASDRP Communications

Department of Biological & Life Sciences

avery.kruger@fremontstem.com

 

Research & Development Laboratory:

46307 Warm Springs Blvd.

Fremont, CA 94539

General Inquiries: asdrp.admin@asdrp.org

Admissions: admissions@asdrp.org

Telephone: 1(510)371-4831

© Aspiring Scholars Directed Research Program 2020, All rights reserved.

ASDRP is a production of Olive Children Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Fremont, California.

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