The Young Engineering and Science Scholars (YESS) program at Caltech is a three-week summer residential program for exceptional underrepresented high school students and others who feel they would benefit from the program. The YESS program is designed for students who have a passion for science and engineering and wish to engage in collaborative learning.
The YESS program aims to challenge students beyond the traditional high school classroom environment by providing first-hand exposure to research scientists and engineers as well as an introduction to the university science and engineering culture. During the three-week program, students take two research-oriented science courses. Other program activities include laboratory tours, faculty lectures, college admissions workshops, and field trips to local attractions.
There is no cost for students to attend the YESS program. Caltech covers all program-related expenses including room and board and educational materials. Students are expected to provide their own transportation to and from Caltech. Financial assistance is available for transportation expenses for students that require it.