Training tomorrow's scientists today! The Ardent ResearchÂ Program is designed for the student who wishes to pursue excellence in original research. Research projects are mentored by Ardent Academy faculty.
Learn More from our expert and Executive Director, Dr. James Li at the next FREE webinar!
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- *English*Â Sunday, February 21, 2-3 PM: How to Gain a Competitive Edge through STEM (Gr 6-11)
- Research methodology training
- Research mentorship
- One presentation coaching session before science fair
- One poster day presentation practice before science fair
- Application:Â Free to apply!
- Early Enrollment Tuition: $1,750.00 per student admitted
- Regular Enrollment Tuition: $1,950.00 per student admitted
Program Key Dates
- Application Open:Â March 2021
- Admission Decisions:Â Rolling
- Session 1 Early Bird Application Deadline: Fri, April 30, 2021
- Session 1 Mandatory Kickoff Meeting: TBA
- Session 1 Mandatory Training Classes: 5/22, 5/29, 6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26
HowÂ to Apply
2021 Session 1 Summer Research applications are now open! Apply for the correct division by clicking the corresponding images below.
Jr. Science Research (Grades 6-8)
Sr. Science Research (Grades 9-12)
Frequently Asked Questions
- Are there age restrictions to participate in the program? Who can join your Summer 2021 Ardent Research Program?Â Any aspiring students in grades 6-12* with an interest and passion in STEM should consider this program. *Rising grade for Fall 2021
- Do I need prior experience to join your research program?Â No, you do not. Our Ardent Research Mentor team will evaluate your application and guide you towards building the skills and knowledge that you need.
- Do you provide lab equipment for research?Â We do offer simple biology and physics lab equipment.
- What kind of science fairs will my student be able to join?Â Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) students will first experience their school science fairs, and may then be selected for the district science fair. Non-IUSD students will need to submit their online application to the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair (OCSEF) website -- clickÂ HEREÂ for details.Â
- Do you help with finding research labs at colleges/universities?Â No, we do not.
- Can I partially attend training sessions in Option 1 and return to take the rest in Option 2?Â Yes, you can.
- What are the science fair rules like?Â ClickÂ HEREÂ to view OCSEF rules andÂ HEREÂ to view California Science & Engineering Fair Rules.
- What is required for the program? Submit online application HEREÂ for Junior Division (Gr 6-8) and HEREÂ for Senior Division (Gr 9-12).
- Is the application competitive?Â Yes. We must select a small group to work with for each division from a large pool of applicants. Please fill out the online application thoroughly.
- What goes guided research entail?Â The purpose of this course is to develop the students' ability to identify a research topic, complete their own thorough scientific investigation on said topic, and report their findings through written and oral presentations. Specific objectives include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Understand the scientific research process
- Develop experience with experimental techniques specific to their field of research
- Develop a working knowledge of searching for literature
- Understand the importance of communicating in clear, concise writing as a scientist
- Practice scientific writing and participate in the peer review process
- Practice orally presenting and defending their research
- Produce a paper or poster of their research
- Will I complete a project ready for science fair in the summer?Â Time of completion varies depending on the project scale. Most students complete 90% of their projects by the end of summer, and will complete it 100% by no later than December 15, 2021.
- Do I need to attend both training sessions?Â No, you only need to attend one session.
- Will I receive help selecting a research topic?Â You will be able to discuss possible research topics with your mentor.
- How much time does the program require?Â To produce a successful science fair research project, selected students must be able to devote a minimum of 160 hours during the summer towards their research effort.
- What if I don't get accepted?Â Regardless of acceptance, we will provide you with resources for other options.
- Who are the mentors?Â We have a team of research mentors with various skills and areas of expertise. Dr. James Li, the Summer Research program director,Â oversees the operations.