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Research Intensive For High School Students

Work with scientists from a top research university. Earn college credit. Develop a college-level research project. Get published. Stand out in the competitive college admissions process.

Research Intensive For High School Students

Work with scientists from a top research university. Earn college credit. Develop a college-level research project. Get published. Stand out in the competitive college admissions process.

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Microbiology Research Intensive

Course Overview

The Intensive research course in Microbiology is a four-week course designed to provide students with an introduction to the principles of scientific and microbiology research.

Through interactive lessons, hands-on experiments at home, and small group discussions, students will delve into the microbial world with an emphasis on the interactions of microorganisms with humans, plants and their impact on disease and agriculture.

All students are mailed a lab kit, including a microscope. The hands-on experiments will emphasize the proper use of the scientific method to answer a research question, make observations and interpret results.

Learning Units

  • Scientific method and introduction to general microbiology
  • Host-microbe interactions, including Soil Microbiology
  • Rhizobia bacteria-legume symbiosis
  • Microbial genetics and identification of bacteria from host tissue

Program Details

Dates: July 26 – August 20, 2021

Schedule: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs 6pm-8pm ET (live lessons), office hours Wed 5pm ET

Academic Credit: 2 College Credits + Certification of Completion Issued by University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass)

Student Profile: Rising 9th – 12th grade. International students are welcome to apply.

Course Prerequisites: This course has no course prerequisites, but requires students to be committed to attend classes, learn, fully participate in the class experiments and discussions, and be respectful to each other.

Format: Online with live (synchronous) sessions + offline (asynchronous) assignments.

Cost: $4,900 (includes lab kit).

Payment Details: A 50% deposit is required to secure a student’s spot, with the remaining balance due 30 days prior to the program start date. The deposit is non-refundable.

Application Deadline: June 22, 2021. Rolling admissions. After the application is received, students will receive a decision in approximately 7-10 days. The application process is competitive with limited seats to ensure a small course size and individualized attention.

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College Admissions Advantage

It is getting increasingly harder to stand out from the masses in the college admissions process. A high GPA is simply not enough to get into a top-tier university. How students spend their time outside of the classroom is closely examined and is an integral part of the application process.

With more colleges becoming test-optional, increased emphasis is placed on extracurricular achievements. It is critical to demonstrate depth and commitment in your activities.

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Direct Medical (BS/MD) Applicants

With the acceptance rates at U.S. medical schools being so low and the admissions process so grueling, BS/MD Programs have grown in both popularity and competitiveness. These programs have always been selective, but with each passing application cycle, the competition is getting fiercer.

A strong BS/MD applicant will have in-depth experience in both clinical and research fields. Rising Researchers provides a way for BS/MD applicants to gain valuable research experience.

Growing Competition & Low Acceptance Rates


# Applicants

# Seats

Admit Rate

BS/MD: George Washington University




BS/MD: Boston University




BS/MD: Case Western Reserve University




BS/MD: Rice University




BS/MD:  Brown University




BS/MD: College of New Jersey




BS/MD: New Jersey Institute of Technology




BS/MD: Rochester Institute of Technology




Harvard University




Yale University




Princeton University




Duke University




Brown University




University of Pennsylvania




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What Makes Rising Researchers Unique?


Earn college credit while performing college-level research. Few competitors offer college credit. Not all research experiences are created equal; college credit from a top research university like UMass ensures the high standard of the course.

Work with a leading scientist from UMass to perform detailed research in a nurturing and team-focused atmosphere.

Students learn how to take their research to the next level by getting it published in a scientific research journal. Detailed steps and guidance are provided to each student.

Courses are in the evening, allowing students to pursue other commitments during the day.

Small course size, individualized attention.

Get Published In A Scientific Research Journal

The experience does not need to end after the course is complete. All students will receive a blueprint with step-by-step instructions on how to take this research experience to the next level through publication in a scientific research journal. This guide includes a detailed list of high school research journals and the criteria for publication.

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