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We are excited to announce our new Summer Program…

USC Information Sciences Institute (ISI) is part of the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering and is a world leader in the research and development of computer, information processing, and communication technologies.

Stimulating STEM is a free 4-week residential summer program designed to stimulate an interest in STEM, among students from marginalized communities who have been historically underrepresented in the industry. Participants will be exposed to robotics, coding, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, quantum computing, space engineering and more through a hybrid curriculum that includes, 3-4hrs of instruction per-day, one-day workshops, seminars and tours.

The Stimulating STEM Summer Program was formed under the ISI Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Initiative to fulfill the commitment of eliminating biases and exclusion within USC and ISI's community of students, faculty, staff, sponsors, and visitors.


Program is free to students.

Students will stay in pre-paid USC Housing. No cost to the students.

Free transportation provided from USC to ISI and other locations.

Leadership building, team building, and social activities are included.


  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA

Must be one of the following:

  • Rising 11th Grader
  • Rising 12th Grader
  • Sr. Graduating Class of 2022

Attends one of the following schools*:

*Preferred but not required

  • John C Fremont High School
  • Washington Prep. High School
  • Manual Arts Sr High School
  • Augustus Hawkins High School
  • Dr. Maya Angelou Comm. High School
  • Dymally High School
  • Middle College High School
  • Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Alain LeRoy Locke High School
  • Diego Rivera Learning Complex
  • Jordan High School- LA


We are using google forms for our application intake. You will need a google email account if you want to save and edit your application later. If you need to sign up for a free google account click here

Applicants will be notified the week of May 2nd, 2022


You will need two letters of recommendation (i.e. teacher, counselor, community leader). Please email both letters to [email protected]. The applicant's first and last name should be included in the subject line of the email.

Email subject line example: “Jane Doe - Recommendation Letters”.

Recommendation letters are due April 29th, 2022. If you have any questions or concerns about the recommendation letters, please email us at [email protected].

Jamani King

Program Manager/Principal Investigator

[email protected]


Important Information

Due to COVID, we are looking for participants who are willing to stay on campus for the entire 4 weeks, including the 4th of July. We will have a social event planned for the holiday.

Since the program is housed on USC’s campus, all participants, staff, mentors, faculty, and visitors must fully comply with federal, state, and local legal requirements.

All university faculty, staff, and students are required to be up to date on their vaccinations for SARS-CoV-2 unless they have an approved exemption because of a disability, medical contraindication, or sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. All participants will need to test 48hrs before the program's start date.

Individuals on USC campus premises in locations where masking is required are now required to wear medical grade masks, which at minimum are surgical masks and may also include higher grade respirator masks (N95, KN95, or KF94).

USC COVID-19 Resource Center