Frequently Asked Questions

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Who can apply?

All high school students are welcome to apply. We look for ambitious, self-driven students with a passion to learn more about STEM.

How will my research topic be chosen?

You don’t need to enter the program with a clearly defined research question, though some students do. Your research question will likely evolve and sharpen as you learn and work with your mentor. Your mentor will act as a guide – not working on your research project for you – but guiding you in the direction of the most fruitful work. Logistically, you will align on a research question by the end of week four. This question will then be vetted and refined with your Research Mentor. From there, over the following four weeks, you will be expected to create a research proposal, a first draft of the research paper, and then a final draft at the end of week eight.

Can I ask my Research Mentor for a letter of recommendation?

After the program, your mentor will assign a grade to your research paper and write an evaluation. Additionally, you may find that your Research Mentor has gained a unique perspective on you and your academic ability. Naturally, the question arises if your mentor is able to write a recommendation letter. In this case, it is entirely appropriate to ask your mentor for a letter of recommendation. However, just as with any academic mentor, they are not required to do so. Your mentor will be assessing your performance during the program and then deciding whether or not to write a letter.

Do you offer financial aid?

Yes, we have limited financial aid available. Please contact us for more information.

Is this program online or in-person?

This is an online program. Meetings with the Research Mentor take place via Zoom.

How will the one-on-one sessions be scheduled?

Initially, you will be connected with your Research Mentor by email or another mutually agreed-upon platform. Afterwards, you and the Research Mentor will coordinate directly to find a mutually agreeable time for the weekly meetings. Your Research Mentor will provide an invitation and include a personal Zoom link.

What are the dates of the program?

The program runs four times per year: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. For more details, please see the Programs page.

Will my paper be published?

If your goal is to publish a paper, this program is not for you. Writing a research paper of publishable quality requires original ideas that often take years of work to develop. The purpose of writing the paper is for the student to learn how the tools taught by their mentor can be applied in practice to specific situations. It is a powerful exercise that demonstrates command of theoretical skills.

Which universities do the mentors come from?

Our mentors are current PhD candidates at the best STEM universities in the United States. We exclusively source our mentors from the US News & World Report Top 20 Universities. However, this program operates independently of these universities.

Admission deadlines

Early Admission – February 18, 2024
Regular Admission – March 10, 2024
Late Admission – March 31, 2024

The Program runs four times per year: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. For Spring 2024, we have three deadlines, outlined above.

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