High School
Intensive in
Next-Generation Engineering

We anticipate that SHINE will be on campus in Summer 2022, assuming COVID continues to improve; all students accepted in SHINE will need to fully comply with LA County COVID protocols. More information here.

   SHINE 2022 will take place June 13–July 29


Applications now closed*

*We no longer have rolling applications. Letters of recommendation due by or before 3/14/22.

At USC Viterbi's Summer High School Intensive in Next-Generation Engineering (SHINE) students can join a USC Viterbi professor's research team for seven weeks to discover how engineering addresses our real world problems in various fields including biomedicine, robotics, aerospace and more. Each student works with an assigned professor as well as a mentor (Ph.D. student or post-doctoral researcher) dedicated to training that student in experimental lab work or computational research – learning by doing not by studying. Each student works on authentic, immersive lab projects within their choice of cutting-edge research in order to learn through experience, transforming good students into confident, capable contributors to high-impact research.

Through weekly activities with the entire cohort SHINE also builds a close-knit community where students are introduced the practices and ethics of creating new knowledge, social and intellectual networking, college prep tips, and extensive experience in science communication. Close mentorship comes from USC Viterbi faculty, staff, and especially the graduate student researchers -- all enveloped within SHINE's cohort activities and network. Now in its eighth year, SHINE's alumni now attend most of the nation's top engineering schools and universities, including here at USC Viterbi, MIT, Harvard, CalTech, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Duke, and U Penn.

To get a good idea of the advanced level of research conducted by SHINE students, please see all the posters since 2015. Social and academic group experiences remain a priority, including team-building opportunities, college prep advice, networking and fun. See choices of 2022's research projects and culminating posters from the past seven years. Read about SHINE alumni who now attend USC Viterbi. See a SHINE alumna's contribution to a peer-reviewed paper from the Smith lab published by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Applicants select their top three choices of the following engineering fields:

Computer Science
Industrial and Systems
Materials Science

and SHINE will pair you with the professor of the best fit!

COVID-19 Information:
Being back on the USC campus means that SHINE students, staff, mentors, faculty, and visitors all must fully comply with LA County COVID requirements. This is how USC has maintained the health of the entire Trojan community during the current academic school year. Additionally, this also means that we will only run SHINE remotely if COVID prevents us from being on campus this summer; non-local students who seek a remote experience (as we did provide in 2020-21 when COVID required research to be conducted virtually) have the option on the application to indicate their desire to attend remotely; we will keep non-local applicants apprised of our predictions about remote vs. on campus SHINE. We do hope and plan for now that SHINE students will conduct research on campus and should already live within commuting distance of campus or have the ability to stay in the region with a relative. Please note: SHINE does not provide housing; we cannot help families to find housing within commuting distance, and we cannot be responsible for minors who live in the region without their guardian/parent or relative. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Published on January 17th, 2018

Last updated on July 13th, 2022