Applying to ASDRP

Every year, ASDRP reviews thousands of applications from highly-qualified high school students from around the Bay Area, California, and even from other states. Applications are opened three times a year for student researchers in the summer, fall, and spring. Because ASDRP receives far more applicants than there are positions available, applications are competitive and late applications will not be considered. Please see the schedule below for application deadlines. Questions about an application status should be directed to admissions@asdrp.orgApplications for research positions for the Fall of 2020 are due on August 30 at 11:59 PM PST. Early applications are due on August 15 at 11:59 PM PST. 

If I am currently doing research at ASDRP, do I need to re-apply?

In some cases, yes. Current research students in the summer have a different application process than new researchers. Fall term researchers do not need to re-apply to continue research in the spring. 

Do I need prior research experience to apply for ASDRP?

No. While prior research experience is always a plus, ASDRP does not require prerequisite research experience - only an appetite to learn.

Who is eligible to apply for ASDRP?

All high school students currently enrolled in or entering 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade may apply for ASDRP. 

Undergraduates who are interested in doing research at ASDRP should email a resume to the appropriate Department Chair.

What are the criteria for admissions to ASDRP?

ASDRP values diversity, rigor, and passion in its student researchers, and we firmly believe in accessibility to opportunities in STEM for all. Therefore, test scores, grade point averages, and involvement in academic competitions are not defining criteria for admissions. We encourage all high schoolers interested in doing something meaningful with their time in the summer or after hours during the school year to apply.

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Application Details
Fall 2020 Application
Applications Open: July 15, 2020
Priority Deadline: August 15, 2020
Applications Due: August 30, 2020
Spring 2021 Application
Applications Open: November 1, 2020
Applications Due: January 15, 2021
Summer 2021 Application
Applications Open: October 1, 2020
Priority Deadline 1: February 1, 2021
Priority Deadline 2: March 1, 2021
Applications Due: April 18, 2021

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Telephone: 1(510)371-4831

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

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