Bay Area Youth Science Program

About BAYS

The Bay Area Youth Science (BAYS) Program is an eight-week, paid summer internship for rising high school juniors and seniors to conduct research in labs at UCSF on topics ranging from drug discovery and design, cancer biology, computational chemistry, infectious disease treatments, COVID-19 therapeutics, structural biology, protein biophysics, and much more!

Founded by our former co-president, Chase Webb, BE-STEM has committed to partnering with the BE-STEM program to provide mentorship and community to young scholars of shared identities. Below is a look into the work BE-STEM has done with BAYS this year!

For more information on the BAYS program check out their website!

Check out the BAYS Promotional Video!

Lab Tours

Current students at UCSF volunteered their time to showing the students around UCSF's Parnassus and Mission Bay Campus.

Outreach Officer, Jaela Caston, showing the students around the Stem Cell Building


Panels and Lunch with Graduate Students

Several BE-STEM members provided firsthand perspectives on navigating higher education both inside and outside of the classroom to the BAYS participants through a series of lunches and panels. On Fridays, BE-STEM graduate students and CSEO personnel taught a course that covered  research basics, aspects of the hidden curriculum, life skills, financial competency, career path guidance, and college preparation.


Panelists Trase Aguigam, Sydney Williams, Luis Santiago, Christina Stephens, and Chase Webb


CURE/BAYS Social Event


Co-President Christina Stephens and Treasurer Jasmine Sims conversing with BAYS and CURE participants

2022 BAYS Summer Cohort

Bottom row, from left: Chima Okoro, Stephany Garcia Cruz, Blaise Hamlin, Ce'Aysia Alberti; Middle row, from left: Unique Dabbs, Lesly Ruby Silva, Stefanie Barrios Lara, Jorge Hernandez, Fabian Jimenez; Top row: Kenera Howard

Huge Shoutout to members of the BAYS Program Executive Council:

Trase Aguigam

Jaela Caston

Romelo Casanave

Sydney Williams

Christina Stephens