Young Scholars Program for Local High School Students Finishes Strong

Twenty-two local rising high school seniors participated in the College of Engineering’s Young Scholars Program on Northeastern’s Boston campus this summer where they completed engineering research projects hosted by 11 COE faculty and their graduate students.  Topics ranged from solar-powered phone chargers to respiratory function of mice to infant health monitoring to brain immunohistochemistry in glaucoma research.  Students’ final presentations and poster session on Thursday, August 3 culminated their 6 week experience.  This summer’s cohort of YSP students experienced faculty-led seminars, field trips to Northeastern’s Nahant Marine Science Center, Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston’s Harbor Islands, and Amgen a local biotech company.  Engineering design challenges such as an air-powered homemade rocket launch were led by Amesbury high school teacher Mark Casto.  COE faculty Noor Alam (MIE)Rouzbeh Amini (MIE/BioE)Mahshid Amirabadi (ECE)Sijia Dong (Chem/ChemBio)Ryan Koppes (ChemE)Jessica Oakes (BioE)Marvin Onabajo (ECE)Sarah Ostadabbas (ECE)Sandra Shefelbine (MIE/BioE)Aatmesh Shrivastava (ECE), and Rebecca Willits (ChemE/BioE) and their graduate students mentored 2 high school students in each lab.  Young Scholar alumni and current Northeastern engineering students Claire Stipp and Yassine Souabny led the program as YSP Coordinators.  In addition to their own research, students also benefitted from help with college application preparation, professional development, and insights into the various engineering disciplines.

The College of Engineering’s Center for STEM Education has been running the free Young Scholars program for the past 30 years. To learn more about the program, check out the Center for STEM Education’s blog or go to


Related Faculty: Muhammad Noor E Alam, Rouzbeh Amini, Mahshid Amirabadi, Sijia Dong, Ryan Koppes, Jessica Oakes, Marvin Onabajo, Sarah Ostadabbas, Sandra Shefelbine, Aatmesh Shrivastava, Rebecca Willits, Claire Duggan