Individual Research Projects - What is an Individual Research Project?
Individual Projects give Math Science students the opportunity to investigate questions they may have about the world around them – how and why things work the way they do. Through experimental research or exploration, mentors help students learn new ways to answer these questions. Students take ownership of the details and course of the research, while mentors guide students on best practices in research within their academic field and in the general scientific community. Individual projects are held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:15–4:15. Often, during their second or third summer, students will have the chance to explore research in a university laboratory, under the guidance of graduate students and faculty.
In conjunction with this project, rising juniors and seniors will take a Scientific Writing course, which walks them through the process of writing a scientific paper and assists in editing the grammatical and technical part of the writing. We require students to use peer-reviewed journal articles for their background research! These papers are staff and peer-reviewed and ultimately published in our in-house A Journal of Explorations.
Students present their work on the last Monday evening of the summer program at the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Symposium. Final products also include written work in the form of a scientific paper, based on models from their particular discipline.