The 2017-2018 High School Research Training Program participants.


The Southern California Academy of Sciences Research Training Program (RTP) is a program established to encourage high school students to conduct original research in a professional laboratory setting. The RTP teaches students how to give presentations, make posters and write papers in scientific formats. SCAS Board Members on the SCAS RTP Committee select students from applications with recommendations from teachers. Research papers are presented and judged at the SCAS Annual Meeting in May each year. The students with the best papers are invited to present their research at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting in February the following year. The top four receive a one-year honorary AAAS membership, with a subscription to the journal Science. The delegates return the following year to join the undergraduate and professionals in exhibiting their posters at the SCAS Annual Meeting Poster Session.


  1. Individualized research opportunities with an expert mentor during the Academic Year.
  2. Open to all disciplines of science.
  3. Visit professional laboratory facilities and learn about current research from professional scientists.
  4. Learn how to conduct research with hands-on experiences.
  5. Present findings at the Academy’s Annual Meeting, a professional science conference.
  6. Abstracts are published in the SCAS Bulletin.
  7. Compete to be a Student Delegate to the American Junior Academy of Science at the American Association of the Academies of Science 2023 meeting in Washington, D.C.