2014 High School Summer Research Program



Link to HSSRP trailer here.


The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science (HSSEAS) in conjunction with the Engineering Science Corps Outreach Program offers an eight-week summer program where it encourages all of its high school participants to consider a future in engineering. We offer research opportunities in all areas of Engineering and partner our students with a UCLA Engineering Professor and a graduate team (daily lab supervisors). Students conduct their research on the UCLA campus in UCLA Engineering Labs and Facilities. Individual research or a group project will be assigned to the students for the eight-week program.

The High School Summer Research Program is funded by the Nicholas Endowment. Thanks to new funding from the Henry Samueli Foundation, we are now able to expand our program to support approximately 60 students.

Presentations from UCLA Engineering Faculty

Each week of the program, students have the opportunity to attend a catered lunch presentation by a UCLA Engineering professor and to listen to and ask questions on their research. It is located inside the prestigious Edward K. Rice Conference Room in Boelter Hall. This great opportunity opens students' eyes to the other fields of Engineering and its applications that they may not already be familiar with.

Lunches with Deans

Program participants also have a rare opportunity to sit down and have lunch with Dean Dhir. Dean Dhir talks to students about the 8 nationally funded research centers here at UCLA HSSEAS.

In addition, HSSRP students sit down and have lunch with Associate Dean Wesel. Associate Dean Wesel, shares his own engineering experiences as well as have some fun blasting off rockets and teaching basic principles of physics.

Participate in Laboratory Research

Each day of the 8-week program, students spend at least 6 hours in their mentor's lab either working on a specific project assigned to them or working alongside graduate and undergraduate students. Mentors are requested to keep program participants working for any 6 hours between the program's Hours of Operation: 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

Many times, mentors will assign program participants to one of his or her graduate students inside the laboratory. Mentors will meet with program participants periodically to measure progress and address any participant questions.

Research Performed by Previous HSSRP Students

Create a Scientific Poster of your Research

Program participants attend three classroom sessions focused on creating a professional scientific poster. The classes help students prepare their own scientific poster on their research and learn how to successfully present them during a scientific poster session. Once developed, UCLA Engineering prints out and mounts their posters on large 32" by 40" boards for presentation. Scientific poster sessions are a certain occurrence throughout an engineering student's academic career, and this program allows high school students to get a head start in their engineering experience.

Posters Produced by Previous HSSRP Students

Journal Club

A major component of performing research is to read and learn new research trends from peer journal articles. In the HSSRP Journal Club, students will read and decipher pertinent journal articles given to them by their daily lab supervisors. Theses journal articles will provide the foundational understanding necessary for HSSRP students to complete their summer research project. HSSRP students will present the major findings of the journal article and outline to their peers the nature and scope of their HSSRP research project in weekly journal club sessions.

Participate in a Scientific Poster Session

On the final day of the 8-week program, participants will deliver their research in a scientific poster session. Participant families, teachers, UCLA Engineering faculty and staff are invited to this poster session, which is a catered event and brings the summer program to a close. Program participants interact with their audience as individuals move from one presentation to another. Program participants receive their stipend, a program certificate and their scientific poster before departing.

2013 HSSRP Poster Symposium Pictures

2012 HSSRP Poster Symposium Pictures


Benefits of Program

  • Participate in Engineering Research with UCLA Faculty and Staff
  • Attend weekly presentations from the various fields of Engineering
  • Create a professional Scientific Poster of their research
  • Meet and network with peers who have similar goals and interests
  • Experience University Residential Life and/or receive a monetary stipend
  • Become more competitive when applying to Engineering Schools

Here is a link to our program flyer for those who would like to help us advertise this opportunity.


HSSRP Alumni

2011 Group Shot on the beautiful UCLA Campus!



2010 Group Shot at the Rocket Launch!





2009 Group Shot at the Poster Symposium!

2010 HSSRP Accepted Student Link
2011 HSSRP Accepted Student Link
2012 HSSRP Accepted Student Link
2013 HSSRP Accepted Student Link



HSSRP Eligibility & Application Information?



Thank you Nicholas Endowment and the Henry Samueli Foundation for their generous funding for this program! The High School Summer Research Program's mission is to increase awareness and interest in the field of engineering.

Last modified: Wednesday, 22 January 2014, 03:30 PM