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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Our 2020 offerings have completed. Check back for 2021 offerings soon.
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?
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.