COVID-19 Information

The Young Scientist Program and Washington University are taking significant measures to protect our community from COVID-19. Our utmost concern is the safety of our students, volunteers, and teachers. 

Visit WashU Together for more information on WashU’s COVID-19 response.

The Young Scientist Program aims to attract students to scientific careers and increase the participation of historically-excluded groups in science by bringing resources and scientists directly to teachers and students in the St. Louis area.

YSP strives to achieve this mission through diversity-focused paid summer research internships, hands-on scientific demonstrations in local classrooms, field trips to the Washington University campuses, dissemination of teaching kits containing pre-planned lessons, individual and personalized mentoring, and loaning or donating laboratory equipment to classrooms in need.

The Young Scientist Program exists to promote science literacy among students in grades K-12, encourage the pursuit of careers in STEM by introducing participants to areas of scientific study, provide reliable personal and academic mentorship to students to help them in their pursuit of STEM careers, and develop participants’ laboratory and critical thinking skills necessary for research areas.