Young Scholars Program-REACH

The Center for Neurotechnology (CNT) at the University of Washington sponsors a five day “YSP-REACH” program on the Seattle Campus during the summer. High school students receive an introduction to neuroscience and neural engineering, neuroethics, scientific communication, and the latest developments in brain-computer interfaces. Participants have the opportunity to tour CNT 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.

During the summer of 2021, the YSP-REACH program was offered online only. We plan to offer the program in-person, on the University of Washington Seattle campus, during the summer of 2022.  Applications for the summer 2022 YSP-REACH program should be available on this website in early 2022.

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.

Applicants MUST:

  1. Be a high school student. (Graduating seniors can also apply.)
  2. Attend all required lectures, seminars, focus groups, tours, class sessions and workshops.
  3. Commit to full program participation. Participants will not receive academic credit.

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 Dr. Eric Chudler, the CNT's Education Director .