Hispanic Center of Excellence Summer Youth Scholars Program (SYSP)

Welcome to the Hispanic Center of Excellence Summer Youth Scholars Program (SYSP), an enriching academic journey designed for rising 11th and 12th grade students who have a passion for STEM. Running for six weeks from June to August, SYSP offers a comprehensive blend of academic enhancement and medical immersive experiences.

Throughout the program, participants delve into SAT preparation, learn about anatomy and physiology, engage in research presentations, explore college, engage in wellness activities, and gain insights into the field of medicine. Additionally, we provide invaluable career counseling and skills development sessions to ensure each participant's academic success.

2024 Program Date and Duration

The SYSP Program dates are in-person from June 24th to August 2nd from 9 am to 4 pm. Participants must commit to the program's schedule for the entire six weeks without exception. Any difficulty in adhering to the time commitment may result in dismissal from the program.


Prospective applicants should be rising 11th or 12th-grade students by June 2024 and must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Additionally, applicants must have taken at least one science course and be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents. All applicants must agree to release their PSAT/SAT/ACT scores to the HCOE Office.

How to Apply

Interested individuals must complete:

  1. An online application
  2. Personal statement
  3. Immunization record
  4. Attendance record
  5. Two letters of recommendation (one from a science teacher)
  6. Official transcripts from their high school.

Eligible students will be invited for an interview.
Acceptance into the program is on a rolling basis, meaning spaces may fill up before the official deadline. Therefore, we encourage applicants to submit their materials promptly.

Application Deadline is April 19, 2024

Supporting documents should be sent to the Office of Primary Care, Diversity, and Community Engagement via email at sysp@njms.rutgers.edu (preferred) or by mail to the following address:
185 South Orange Ave, B624
Newark, NJ 07103

Join us in this transformative educational journey and pave the way for your future success with SYSP!

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