The Youth Engaging in Research Program (YERP) (est. 2019) offers K-12 students within the Twin Cities metro area the opportunity to conduct a research project under the mentorship of a local college student and to present that work as a research poster at a SASSA-sponsored event open to the public.
Students who wish to apply must design research projects that address a challenge faced within their school, local, or even global community. Applicants will apply for the program by providing a short written or video essay describing their project proposal. The science to address the social concern can be under the purview of either the hard sciences or social sciences. Projects that would require Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval cannot be accepted.
A committee made up of graduate and advanced undergraduate students in the Preparing Researchers for Engaging the Public (PREP) program will review all applications and decide which proposals will be accepted. Students who wish to work with a college mentor will be paired with a PREP participant whose expertise will enhance the student’s project.
Students are welcome to apply as long as they can demonstrate that they have permission from a parent and their school’s support. If a school wishes to present this opportunity to a large portion of their student population, a SASSA representative may be available to visit the school to help present the opportunity and answer any questions.
Would you like to participate? Please complete SASSA’s 2019-2020 YERP program application!