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Our Story

It all started in the summer of 2021. I was accepted into a summer program where I learned about cancer biology research, and this sparked my interest in hands-on experimentation. 

In the following months, I tried my best to find research opportunities for the subjects that I enjoyed, but I was presented with the issue of connections; I did not have any good connections with nearby colleges or laboratories, and thus did not have a feasible way of pursuing my interests. As a result, I thought of the idea of helping other aspiring students with getting these connections. Coincidentally, my friend Yifan also had the same idea.

YRI is how we brought this idea to fruition. YRI connects aspiring students of varying disciplines and gives them insight into professional research and how to pursue their own interests. We are incredibly excited to impact students across the nation with the invaluable gift of high-level education and a strong and relatable community.

Harrison Xu, CEO & Founder of YRI

Meet The Team

We believe all youth with some right guidance,
can define their future, and can change the world.


Harrison Xu

CEO & Founder


Yifan Tong

COO & Co-founder


Kaylee Chen



Navya Kancharla


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Andrew Guo


Our Mission

Our Mission

Our mission is to foster growth and interconnectivity among aspiring researchers in any discipline. Using the many modern resources of the internet, we provide aspiring researchers with a hub to connect with other students and professors for research opportunities in order to develop their interests.

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Our Vision

Connect nationwide aspiring researchers with professional researchers in order to advance their education and experiences with a convenient and trustworthy online platform.

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