STEM Research Scholars

Our STEM Research Fellows will design their own research study alongside a graduate-level mentor

Objective

The Research Scholars Program empowers high school students to create their own research questions, navigate academic literature, and use various investigative methods. Scholars participate in collaborative virtual sessions while receiving support from a graduate-level mentor. Prior research experience is not required.

Highlights include:

  • Mentoring by a graduate-level researcher in psychology or neuroscience
  • Hands-on experience in all aspects of psychological research.
  • Exposure to the ethical principles of research.
  • Opportunities for collaboration with peers.
  • Presentation of findings to the wider community.

The Research Program

YEAR 1

First Semester: Discovering Your Passion and Building Foundations

Month 1-2: Orientation and Introduction

Welcome

Welcome students, introduce FLi Sci’s mission, values, and expectations.

Introduction

Introduction to various scientific fields and career paths through guest lectures.

Activity

Ice-breaking activities to build a supportive community within the program.

Month 3 – 4: Exploration and Skill Development

Workshops

Workshops on identifying personal interests and passions within the realm of science.

Interactive sessions

Interactive sessions with scientists from diverse backgrounds sharing their journeys.

Skill development

Skill development sessions: scientific method, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork.

Month 5 – 6: Connecting with FLi Sci Allies

Introduction

Introduce students to potential FLi Sci Allies (PhD and MD students) from various scientific disciplines.

Meeting

Initial meetings between scholars and mentors to discuss potential research areas.

Research

Match each scholar with a mentor based on shared research interests.

Ready to become a scholar?

Second Semester: Designing Personalized Research Projects

Month 1 – 2: Research Project Design

Workshops

Workshops on research methodologies, literature review, and experimental design.

Proposal writing

Proposal writing workshops to help scholars outline their research projects.

Meetings

One-on-one sessions with FLi Sci Allies to refine research questions and project ideas

Month 3 – 4: Project Development and Implementation

Hands on

Hands-on laboratory and field experiences guided by FLi Sci Allies.

Mentorship

Regular meetings with mentors to track progress, troubleshoot challenges, and refine methodologies.

Ethics

Ethical considerations in research and responsible conduct of research workshops.

Month 5 – 6: Data Analysis and Presentation Skills

Data Collection

Data collection, analysis, and interpretation sessions.

Communication

Workshops on scientific communication: creating compelling presentations and writing research papers.

Presentations

Practice sessions for research project presentations within the FLi Sci community.

Ready to become a scholar?