The program fee covers all costs of lab safety training, lab materials and supplies, one-to-one mentoring, Friday lunches with SURE mentors or USC Viterbi faculty or staff, parents’ orientation luncheon, optional additional trainings (e.g., MATLAB sessions, scholarly literature searching and writing), culminating Poster Session and Certificate Ceremony, plus administration and other costs. 

2017 payment schedule:

Students are accepted into the program on a rolling basis. This is the payment schedule:
  1. The application fee of $35 must be submitted at the time of the application.
  2. By May 9, 2017 or date specified in the offer letter (whichever is sooner): a deposit of $1,000 is due.
  3. By June 9, 2017: the balance of $3,750 is due.

(Full payment of $4,750 can be made, if preferred, rather than in two payments.)

How to pay?

  • Pay online at Please use the code SHINE2017 to access online payment options.
  • Send checks (PAYABLE to University of Southern California) to: ATTN: SHINE, c/o Dr. Katie Mills, 1042 Downey Way DRB#254, Los Angeles, CA 90089-1111

Questions about payment? Please contact Dr. Katie Mills at 213-740-0237 or

NOTE: There will be no refunds once the program deposit or fees are paid. Two scholarships are being made available through a collaboration between USC Viterbi VAST and the TELACU Education Foundation.

Expectations for SHINE participants:

  • Students accepted to SHINE need to be prepared to participate at least 20 hours per week on weekday (no weekend work will be required) between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. throughout the 6/19 – 8/4/2017 period (except the July 4 holiday), for the full seven weeks. Some labs will invite students to contribute more than 20 hours per week, depending on the requirements of the research team; a mutually agreed-upon core set of hours will be determined by students accepted to SHINE and their lab mentors.
  • All students must complete the Lab Safety Training and Orientation on the first day, June 19, 2017; in addition, the SHINE students must strictly adhere to all safety rules at all times while on campus, even on their lunch breaks and before and after their research shifts.
  • SHINE participants need to present proof of medical insurance and provide medical contact information once accepted into the program for the on-campus student health center in case of emergencies.
  • Students will participate in the Friday mentoring lunches as well as the culminating Poster Session on 8/2/2017 and contribute a research summary (a poster) to the SHINE Website.