Youth Science Connection is a free online program that allows high school students to complete STEM projects at home under the virtual guidance of a college mentor. Through our program high school students come up with a project that they can do at home, write a scientific research proposal, and make a scientific poster. Youth Science Connection provides a way for high school students to engage with the scientific method at their own pace while also getting to speak to an undergraduate student who can give perspective on what it is like to be a STEM major.  In addition, our program takes place entirely online so students can learn and receive mentoring while still engaging in social distancing. Through mentorship Youth Science Connection ultimately aims to increase the matriculation of underrepresented students into STEM.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor for the program please read the eligibility requirements below and complete the application. If you are already an approved mentor you can access important information at the Mentor Portal (linked in the header).


  • Be a current undergraduate student at a college or university (Class of 2023 through Class of 2020) located in the United States

  • Have a passion for your field

  • Be willing to dedicate approximately 1 hour per week coordinating with your YSC Mentee and YSC Staff

Application + Matching process

  1. Fill out application linked below.

  2. Complete video-call interview with YSC Staff.

  3. Receive confirmation of your acceptance as a YSC Mentor.

  4. Complete Mentor Training over the phone.

  5. Get matched to a student!

Applications to join the Summer 2021 Cohort will reopen in the Spring of 2021.

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