The Volunteer Experience

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What is the YSP?

The Young Scientist Program is designed to attract high school students into scientific careers through activities emphasizing hands-on research and individualized contact between young people and active scientists.

Graduate Student Volunteers are at the core of YSP

As students and scientists, it is our hope that sharing our enthusiasm for what we do will encourage younger individuals to also pursue careers in science.

The Student Experience

YSP students gain hands on experience from experts in their field and an appreciation for science.

The Teacher Experience

YSP provides teachers with necessary equipment and supplies to teach hands-on inquiry based science in their classrooms.

The Young Scientist Program

The Young Scientist Program aims to attract students to scientific careers and increase the participation of underrepresented 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 Washington University School of Medicine, dissemination of teaching kits containing pre-planned lessons, one-on-one mentoring, and loaning or donating laboratory equipment to classrooms in need.

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