Introduction To Research Program

Program Overview

October 19-Nov 14, $450 (scholarships available)
Group meets Mon/Thurs online from 5-6 pm PST

Make new friends, work with experienced scientists, and create your own research project in this fun program!

Students have the option of working alone or in pairs to design a project that they feel excited about researching. You can choose virtually any topic you find interesting. Sign up with a partner or let us pair you with one. 

Our research programs are a great addition to a college application! 

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What To Expect

Through group lessons and one-on-one sessions with your assigned scientist mentor, you will:

  • ask an original research question
  • design and conduct an experiment
  • analyze your data
  • create a polished research presentation

Sample Study Topics

The options are endless. Here are just a few examples of what you could study:

  • Urban environments: How do organisms function in heavily populated areas?
  • Water quality: Sources of pollution and their impacts in your neighborhood. 
  • Human impact: How do we affect the environments around us?
  • Organism responses to the environment: How do plants, insects, or birds respond to different environmental cues?

Session Breakdown

Schedule: Sessions meet from 5-6 p.m.

Pre-meeting: This will cover a short introduction and prepare you for brainstorming research questions in the first week.

Staff will hold office hours each week on Wednesday and Friday 


Week 1: Project design and preliminary data collection

Monday Session 1: Question Formulation
Thursday Session 2: Project Design
Mentor meeting: Question Refining and project design

End of week: Research Proposal Form Due


Week 2: Data collection

Mentor Meeting: Helping Data Collection
Monday Session 3: Data collection planning/organization
Thursday Session 4: Start intro and methods section of slideshow
Mentor meeting: Project refinement and data collection

End of week: Digital data sheet shared w/ most data collection done draft introduction/methods section.


Week 3: Data collection and analysis

Monday Session 5: How to analyze data/organize
Thursday Session 6: Data analysis and interpretation
Mentor Meeting: Help with data analysis 

End of week: 1st draft data analysis and introduction/methods section done. 


Week 4: Finish Presentation

Monday Session 7: Writing your discussion section
Mentor Meeting: Review and edit presentations
Saturday or Sunday Afternoon Session 8: Share your presentation with the class.


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