LABS, or Learning Among Brilliant Scientists, is year-round STEM program for students in grades 7th through 12th. It is comprised of monthly workshops that engage students in a unique educational experience to learn about a brilliant scientist’s current research work. It aims to promote optimal challenge for students seeking opportunities to further their interests and passions in the STEM field and building a community of like-minded learners.

LABS takes place one Saturday every month. They are generally 2.5 hours long from 10:30AM to 1:00PM, unless otherwise noted.


In order to be considered for the program, students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Current 7th-12th grade students
  • Passionate about learning
  • Interested in pursuing an advanced STEM research topic

To apply for an upcoming LABS, visit the LABS website and click the “Apply” button for the workshop you’d like your child to attend. Registration will ask for the attendee’s name, household email address, and phone number. A LABS team member will then be in touch with you via email within 1-2 business days with the next steps for enrollment.

Some families will indicate this information in the enrollment forms to ensure an optimal match; however, students do not need to be identified as gifted in order to apply.

No, students do not have to previously participated in other IEA programs to apply for LABS. New students from all schools are welcome and encouraged to apply!

Even if your child participated in another IEA program, you will still be required to complete our LABS registration and enrollment forms since each program has different information we need to gather to provide an optimal match. After you complete the enrollment form once, you will not be asked to resubmit it again unless you have any information that needs to be updated. You will, however, need to register for every LABS you’d like your child to participate in each month.

LABS registration is on a first come, first serve basis. We accept no more than 12 students per workshop to ensure personalization and ample opportunity for students to connect with the presenter and their peers. Our team works to ensure that there is an optimal match based on the information provided on the student’s enrollment forms.



The cost for LABS ranges from $50 to $60 dollars, depending on the need for additional supplies and materials.

Tuition includes:

  • A high-quality workshop experience
  • Lab or materials fees (depending on need)
  • Direct support from IEA staff throughout the duration of the workshop
  • Snacks and beverage

Scholarships are available to students in need, and financial concerns should not discourage any student from applying or attending multiple LABS workshops. Please contact the Senior Program Coordinator, Niña Abonal, at nabonal@educationaladvancement.org for more information.

There are scholarships available to qualified families in need.

If you do not see an answer to your question here, please feel free to email labs@educationaladvancement.org.

Past Lectures
  • Natural Language Processing with Melissa Roemmele, Ph.D, Research Scientist at SDL
  • Simple Math Problems No One Knows How to Solve. Yet. with with Dr. Michael Krebs, Professor of Mathematics at Cal State Los Angeles
  • The Neuromechanics of Sensory Systems with Bradley Dickerson, Ph.D., NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow and California Alliance AGEP Fellow at Caltech
  • Chemical Evolution of Galaxies with Ivanna Escala, NSF/Ford Graduate Research Fellow at Caltech Department of Astronomy
  • Circadian Rhythms in Genetics with Dr. Susan E. Cohen, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Cal State Los Angeles
  • Plant Ecology with Dr. Alexandra Wright, Assistant Professor of Ecology at Cal State Los Angeles
  • Ecology and Water in Desert Biological Soil Crust Ecosystems with Dr. Kirsten Fisher, Associate Professor, Graduate Advisor Biological Sciences at Cal State Los Angeles

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