The Stimulating STEM Summer Program (SSSP) is a free 4-week residential summer program designed to promote an interest in STEM among students from marginalized communities historically underrepresented in the industry. Students are exposed to robotics, coding, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, quantum computing, space engineering, and more through a hybrid curriculum that includes 3-4 hours of daily instruction, one-day workshops, seminars, summer activities, mentorship, and tours.

Our primary mission is to stimulate an interest in STEM by exposing underrepresented youth ages (15-19) to the various aspects of the STEM industry. We will assist in preparing our participants to develop the tools needed to succeed in pursuing an education in STEM.

Stimulating STEM 2024 will take place June 23rd - July 19th

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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.

Application Requirements

  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA

Must be one of the following:

  • Rising 11th Grader
  • Rising 12th Grader
  • Sr. Graduating Class of 2024


  • Unofficial Transcript : Send to [email protected]

    Email subject line example: “Jane Doe - Unofficial Transcripts”.

  • Recommendation Letters :
  • 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 Letter(s) "
  • Letters should be sent from the teacher, counselor, or community leader. We recommend you ask them to cc you on the email.
  • Recommendation letters are due May 10th, 2024. If you have any questions or concerns about the recommendation letters, please email us at [email protected] .

Application Tips

  • Meet the word count requirement on each short essay question.
  • Make sure your transcripts and recommendation letters are in on time.
  • Have parent or guardian review before submitting.

Open to high schools located in the inner cities of Los Angeles County

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Applications close May 10th, 2024 11:59 PM PT. Applicants will be notified the week of May 13th.

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.

Applications are due May 10th, 2024 at 11:59PM PT


Jamani King

Program Manager/Principal Investigator

[email protected]


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Important Information

Please visit the USC Office of Youth Protection and Programming to find out how we protect your child and how you can as well. We have included here for your convenience:

Information for Parents, Guardians and Caretakers: As a trusted adult in a child’s life, parents, guardians and caretakers play an important role and are uniquely equipped to help them understand and assert personal boundaries, develop healthy relationships, and spot potential problems before they develop into bigger ones. We want you to feel informed about what’s in place to help keep your child safe while participating in a youth program, camp, activity, or event (referred to as “Covered Activity”) at USC, how to recognize when something isn’t quite right, and to feel empowered to report any concerns you may have.

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