Introduction To Research Program

Program Overview


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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