Program Description

The major goal of the UC Davis - Young Scholars Program is to expose and engage forty high achieving and high potential high school students in a variety of research experiences within the fields of the biological, agricultural, environmental and natural sciences. To be eligible to apply a student must be currently enrolled as a sophomore or junior in high school. A major emphasis of the program is giving students the opportunity to gain an understanding of biological science research and its interdisciplinary impact on other fields via an in-depth research experience in state-of-the-art laboratories. Each student will undertake a six-week research project in a university laboratory under the mentorship of university research faculty. In addition, students will participate in a lecture series designed to reinforce foundational biological concepts and weekend excursions to the Pacific Ocean, Lake Tahoe, and the Sierra Nevada. To fully participate in all academic and social aspects of the program and to insure adequate study time, participants will reside on campus (including most weekends).

All students will be enrolled for five (5) units of University Group Study Credit. Assignments for the program include research notebooks, a written article of journal quality describing the research project and its conclusions, presentation of the individual project at a research symposium and presentation of research to students at the home high school. All work in the program is graded and credit will be awarded after home presentations are completed.

The anticipated cost for the six-week program the summer of 2020 is $6500 which includes program costs, university credit, room, board, and all activities during the program.  Funds are available to assist those students who might otherwise be unable to attend due to financial constraints. To request consideration for a fee reduction, the student should submit, a coversheet or letter describing parent/guardian's financial obligations and need for support and a copy of the parent or guardians' most recent Federal Income Tax Form (1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ). The amount of the fee reduction award will be based on demonstrated need, the number of applicants who qualify and the availability of funds. Fee reductions are allocated at the time of program acceptance notification, therefore, requests for considerations of a fee reduction will not be accepted following admission to the program.

Students wishing to apply to the program should create a user name and password and proceed to the application page by clicking on the tab above.  Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM, March 16, 2020 to be considered in the initial round of application review. The Young Scholars Program staff will notify successful applicants no later than April 9th. The check the status of your application after April 9th, log into the website and a message will be posted on your landing page.

A downloadable digital copy of the flier for 2020 will be available in mid to late September. 

2020 Information fliers will be mailed to guidance counselors and AP Biology/Chemistry teachers in California in late October

To receive a printed copy of program information flier, send a business size, self-addressed stamped envelope, after November 1st, to

Megan Bettis, Program Director
UC Davis Young Scholars Program
School of Education
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8579

mmckenzie "at"