The High School Outreach Program aims to provide high school students a hands-on introduction to research in theoretical and computational chemistry. We intend to motivate and prepare students for a career in science and provide them with first-hand experience at a top research university. Our program is geared towards local high school students who are unfamiliar with an academic environment and have few or no other opportunities to participate in research.

The program is directed by Professor Furche and funded by the National Science Foundation under CHE-1800431.

Participating students will have the opportunity to work on a research project throughout the school year and will be expected to be present in the lab during one afternoon per week. This will enable them to become familiar with computational chemistry and build a skill base. Successful student interns will be invited to spend part of their summer conducting full-time research and will be compensated during this time. Students will also have the opportunity to present their work as a co-author on a poster or even in an article.

Public transportation to and from UCI is available from OCTA.


  • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing
  • Your weighted Science GPA should be 3.3 or higher
  • You should have taken or should be currently enrolled in at least one Chemistry or Physics class
  • Since our research is theoretical and computational, a strong background in math and computer science will be helpful.

Important application information

Applications are reviewed continuously. Application materials should be sent by Email to Luke Nambi Mohanam (lmohanam[at] and should include:
  1. An unofficial copy of transcripts
  2. A brief (one page) resume
  3. A one-page personal statement about your background, career plans, and motivations
  4. Optional, but highly encouraged: A letter of recommendation, e.g., from one of your teachers or a former mentor or employer, to be sent directly to (filipp.furche[at]

If you are interested or have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Luke Nambi Mohanam (lmohanam[at]

Current Students

Currently we have 3 high school students.

Name High School Mentor Picture
Arleth Estrada Warren High School Sree Ganesh Balasubramani
Bibo Feng Fullerton High School Luke Nambi Mohanam
Matthew Tang University High School Brian Nguyen

Some of the pictures of the high school students over the years are below: