Why should students join ASDRP?
Students are exposed to original, genuine scientific research while they are still in high school. They get direct, hands-on experience running experiments, designing research, reading and writing scientific papers, presenting their work, and working in a research team. Importantly, students are not doing research in science experiments, like in school, where the results are known a priori. Rather, students embark on an intellectual journey in which they pursue new knowledge in their particular field of research. They engage with the frontiers of scientific knowledge with our laboratory containing over $200,000 worth of professional research equipment. Students who are underrepresented in STEM are specifically encouraged to join, in order to gain experience in research and to taste what a career in STEM might look like. We aim to follow up with ASDRP scholars in subsequent summers to place them into university laboratories and industry internships. We also aim to provide a strong mentorship network to current and past students.
How do you help students who have socioeconomic difficulty or who are underrepresented in STEM?
One major goal of ASDRP is to provide exposure to cutting edge scientific research for underprivileged students. Students with financial difficulty join ASDRP for free with no fees. It may be possible for students with financial difficulty to receive transportation assistance to our facilities. A major focus of ASDRP is to inspire students of all backgrounds to pursue STEM as a career. As discussed in the About page, our program provides students with a holistic skills in STEM, ranging from scientific reading and writing to scientific presentation and public speaking. Importantly, we aim to help students who successfully complete ASDRP gain positions in university laboratories and industry internships in subsequent summers. These programs are currently in progress.
Who is eligible to become an ASDRP student and how do I join?
Students who are entering 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade after the summer are eligible to join ASDRP. In particular, we are looking for students with curiosity for science and engineering and able to commit approximately 20 hours per week during an 8 week period in the summer. We match students with research mentors based on the students' academic and scientific interests as well as their academic background. Students apply to join ASDRP; the application for summer 2020 is open! Please access it here (application deadline is May 6, 2020, and early application deadline is February 7, 2020). We have a limited number of spots available (approximately 200 during summer 2019), but we try our hardest to accommodate all interested students.
What is the commitment as an ASDRP student?
Students are expected to commit approximately 20 hours a week on research activities (either at our facilities or in silico), research team meetings, and weekly cohort meetings (each week, all ASDRP scholars across all research groups meet as an entire cohort and learn scientific skills such as how to read and write a scientific paper, what the peer review process is, etc.). The specific commitment may be flexible depending on each student's schedule and can be worked out on a case by case basis. Students may be allowed to miss parts of the summer if they make up any lost research productivity.
Who are ASDRP research mentors?
Mentors are individuals who have an expertise in STEM and have a commitment to foster interest in STEM for students of all backgrounds. Mentors may include retired and active industry experts, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students with extensive research experience. Mentors must have major experience in a particular field within STEM so that they can lead a research group independently on an original research project whose outcomes are not known a priori. If you are interested in becoming a research mentor, and thus receive a research stipend, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In what fields do ASDRP members conduct research?
There are many research projects ranging from chemistry to biology to computer science to mechanical engineering. For a complete list of research topics, please see the research page and our journal, ASDRP Communications.
Where is this program located?
Our facilities are located at 43505 Mission Blvd, Fremont, CA, where our laboratory research resources are located. Weekly Cohort meetings are held at South Bay Community Church, 47385 Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont, CA 94539. Our Expo is located at a separate location.
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