Young Scholars Program

The CSNE at the University of Washington sponsors a program which is new this year: A 5-day “YSP-REACH” on the Seattle Campus during the summer. High school students receive an introduction to neural engineering, neuroethics, scientific communication, basic computer coding, and the latest developments in Brain-Computer Interfaces. Participants have the opportunity to tour CSNE partner labs in departments including Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. The goal is to provide students with exposure to the field of neural engineering and provide basic preparation for college studies in STEM subjects as well as future STEM careers. The program is well suited for students interested in a STEM career, with a specific interest in neural engineering and neuroscience.

The 2018 YSP-REACH program will be offered twice:  YSP-REACH1 - July 16-20, 2018; YSP-REACH2 - August 6-10, 2018.

The application process is competitive. While we consider a number of factors when choosing students for the program, we highly encourage student applicants from our partner schools: Cleveland, Franklin, and Chief Sealth High Schools within Seattle Public Schools.  The cost of the YSP-REACH program will be $500/student; scholarships are available for students with financial need.

Applicants MUST:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Be a high school student. Graduating seniors are eligible to apply.
  3. Attend all required lectures, seminars, focus groups, tours, class sessions and workshops.
  4. Commit to full program participation. You may not enroll in classes or hold other jobs during the day. Participants will not receive academic credit.
  5. Live locally or find your own housing and find transportation to the University of Washington.

What participants will receive:

  1. An opportunity to learn about cutting-edge neural technologies as well as research and career options.
  2. Access to lectures about ethics, communications, laboratory safety, and other relevant topics.

Application Tips:

  • Frequently Asked Questions about the YSP program.
  • In the online application, you will need to upload your high school transcript. You will also designate someone who will provide a reference. When you submit your application, an email will automatically be generated, inviting that person to complete an online reference form. We do not accept letters of reference sent by mail or email. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Questions? Please contact Janis Wignall, the CSNE's Pre-college Education Manager .