The SHINE Experience

SHINE is not summer school; it's experiential learning, not passive absorption of facts.

SHINE students actually join a faculty's research team as an active contributor; this is nothing like a high school lab experiment where the outcome is known in advance and timed to fit the lab period. Please review the research projects offered by our faculty and the students' posters to see how SHINE students participate in a specific (and sophisticated) engineering research project.
  • 1-1 ​​mentoring in the lab for 20 hours/week with a Ph.D. student mentor for seven weeks -- this IS the transformative experience of SHINE!
  • In addition to lab and/or computational research directed by the Ph.D. student mentor, the entire cohort of SHINE students comes together weekly for additional comprehensive training in university-level research skills, scholarly literature searches, lab research writing, MATLAB coding, science communication and presentation experience taught by expert staff with Ph.D.s in their fields
  • College prep activities and admissions strategies from a USC Viterbi Admissions Counselor
  • Friday lab visits and hands-on activities expose the cohort to a range of engineering research projects, taught by Ph.D. student researchers
  • Friday cohort lunches build friendships and knowledge exchange
  • The culminating poster session showcases to faculty, peers and family all that a SHINE student has accomplished here at SHINE (with the poster retained on the USC Website)

SHINE serves a diverse cohort of highly motivated students who have the ability to work independently and as part of a team, someone ready to experience actual research addressing significant social challenges such as combating cancer, addressing climate change, expanding machine learning, etc.; we especially welcome first-generation college-bound students and students who are historically underrepresented in engineering research, including students with financial need. Some scholarships are available, based on a combined assessment of financial need and documented academic readiness for this type of research experience -- see the FAQ page for details.

Please note: Although we also value geographic diversity of the cohort, SHINE is targeted toward Southern California students, who get preference in the application process. There is no housing available at USC for SHINE students and we cannot assist with housing.

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Students' Lab Time

For students seeking an introduction to the range of college-level fields of engineering or a residential program, consider USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s 4-week summer school course - then, join us in SHINE next summer.

Read more details on the application process here. Read more about SHINE on the USC Viterbi news article.

Published on January 6th, 2020

Last updated on January 14th, 2021