SHINE is designed for high school students (rising sophomores through seniors) who already have a strong track record of independence and STEM engagement (unweighted GPA > 3.4). SHINE is nothing like summer school, as students are active participants on a professor’s research team with one mentor dedicated to them for 20 hours per week. Additionally, students form the SHINE cohort, meeting weekly over lunch to have fun and build key skills.
SHINE applications are accepted on a rolling basis, which means the sooner you apply, the sooner your dossier will be forwarded to the professor whose project you have selected. Research projects will be closed as applicants are invited to join a professor’s research team, so be sure to apply early. The online application permits you to rank your top three choices of projects.
Use this checklist to prepare your materials before you begin the online application, as you will need to complete the application in one session and cannot save drafts.
If you have questions or problems, please email us at VAST@usc.edu