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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.

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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.

Applications Open for Stimulating STEM 2023 Summer Program

Co-sponsored by Amazon, the free 4-week residential program offers career mentorship and exposure to STEM to underrepresented high school students.


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Application Requirements

  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA

Must be one of the following:

  • Rising 11th Grader
  • Rising 12th Grader
  • Sr. Graduating Class of 2023


  • 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 - Unofficial Transcripts"
    • Recommendation letters are due May 19th, 2023. If you have any questions or concerns about the recommendation letters, please email us at [email protected] .
  • Zoom Interview for Finalist

Application Tips

  • Meet the word count requirement on each short essay question.
  • Make sure your transcripts and recommendation letters are in on time.

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. Employees and students who cannot receive a vaccine because of a disability, medical contraindication, or sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance must affirmatively opt out of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccination through the appropriate process, described below. Up to date on vaccination includes receipt of a booster shot within 30 days of becoming eligible unless they have an approved exemption as described above. Contractors and others who perform work or provide services for USC may be required to be fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 if they will be physically present on USCʼs campus, if required by the terms of a contractual agreement with USC, or if required by applicable government rule or regulation, unless subject to limited exceptions.

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