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Information on the Youth Scientist Program has been updated for 2019-2020.


The National Graphene Research and Development Center offers a youth scientist program for high school students. In this program, we mentor talented students to experience the joys of research with computers and brilliant minds, and to pursue high achievement in scientific research. Life-time research skills will be taught to prepare students for excellence in their futures. Most of our alumni got into top Universities, such as MIT, Harvard, CalTech, Stanford, Yale, Princeton, UPenn, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, UChicago, UC Berkeley, Brown, etc.

Learn more about the 2019-2020 YSP below or through the informational document.

Previous Achievements

Meeting Abstracts:
Year Regeneron STS

Year Science Fairs
Counts are cumulative, e.g. State winners are also counted as Regional winners
ISEF FinalistsState 1stRegional 1stSchool 1st

Year Siemens Competition
Counts are noncumulative, e.g. Regional Finalists are not counted among Semifinalists
Total StudentsNational FinalistsRegional FinalistsSemifinalists

Youth Scientist Program

The youth scientist program consists of three consecutive sessions:
  1. Research Preparation Session:
    Students will learn science knowledge and scientific research skills, such as basic scientific reading and writing skills, basic physics and chemistry knowledge for research projects. More universal computation skills are also taught, such as using Linux, writing scripts, writing papers, collecting references and plotting view graphs, etc. With foundations laid throughout this session, students will be prepared to execute a real research project.
  2. Research Project Session:
    Students will execute a real, cutting-edge research project in one of the following categories: Physics, Chemistry, Biophysics, Bioengineering, Environmental Science, Materials Science, Earth Science, and Geology. Students will conduct computational experiments utilizing computer resources. By the end of research project session, each student will complete a research paper and be able to deliver a presentation of their work in front of the entire class, including parents.
  3. Research Paper Session:
    After the research project session, the mentor will help revise and edit the research paper. With mentor's approval, the research paper may be submitted to research competitions and/or peer-reviewed journals. Mentors may also invite students to attend professional conferences. Students are allowed to submit their projects from our program to a maximum of 5 competitions, 3 journals, and 1 conference.

Registrations and Applications

The application process is three-step:
  1. Call (202)-384-5595 to discuss options and set up an interview
  2. Conduct the interview
  3. Submit application package
The deadline for applications is May 26th, 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What is the schedule for the Youth Scientist Program?
    1. The program will last 10 weeks, from June 17, 2019 to August 23, 2019;
    2. Eight-week classes will be scheduled at 6:00-9:00 pm Monday through Friday, from June 17, 2019 to August 9, 2019;
    3. The final oral presentation (seminar) will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019;
    4. Two weeks are scheduled for revising and editing research papers, from August 12, 2019 to August 23, 2019;
    5. Extra individual research paper tutoring will be available in September, 2019 by appointment.
  2. Where is the class located?
    Class location is 2 miles off exit 54 on I-495 (near TJHSST).
  3. Should I do an individual or team project?
    Students are welcome to choose either option. If you would like to be in a team, you can form teams with your classmates or friends on your own. Each team consists of 1 to 2 students. There is no cost difference between registering as an individual or as part of a team.
  4. Are there any equipment requirements/recommendations?
    You will need to prepare a laptop with high speed, high memory and multi-CPU.
  5. Can I publish my research paper?
    Depending on the quality of the work, at the mentor's discretion, students' research results may be published in peer-reviewed journals. Students may be the first author, depending on their contributions.
  6. The cost of the program
    The cost of this program will be charged on a per-student basis.
    • Summer on-site classes (10-16 students): $11,000 per student for 120 hours of instruction.
    • Weekend on-site classes (6-10 students, during the academic year): $11,000 per student for 120 hours of instruction.
    • Cluster remote classes (>4 students, during the academic year): $11,000 per student for 120 hours of instruction.
    • One-on-one classes (1 student, as needed): $330 per hour of instruction.
    For additional questions, please email ngr@ngrd.org.
Intellectual Property: All research results belong to National Graphene Research and Development Center.

National Graphene Research and Development Center
Phone: (202)-384-5595