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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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Rising Researchers is a research experience like no other. This research program offers college credit, a certificate of completion, and has clear deliverables that provide our students with an edge in college admissions. 

  • Work virtually, while still performing cutting edge research, under the guidance of a scientist at a top research university
  • Earn 2 college credits
  • Receive a certificate of completion – highlighting your participation in college-level research 
  • Work is showcased through a research report + poster presentation
  • Publication in UMass’s research journal
  • Weekly office hours for individualized support from both the scientist running the course + an experienced admissions counselor who will show you how to highlight this experience

  • Summer 2022

    Microbiology & Bioinformatics Research Intensive

    Course Overview

    During the Summer Research Intensive Course students will explore microbiology and bioinformatics under the guidance of a scientist from UMass. This is a 4-week online summer research class with four learning units organized by themes. The course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the principles of the scientific method, microbiology and bioinformatics; the use of online computer resources to understand molecular biology information. 

    Through lectures, hands-on experiments at home, online databases, computer software, class and small group discussions, students will delve into the microbial world with emphasis on the interactions of microorganisms with humans and plants, and their impact on disease and agriculture. The hands-on experiments and bioinformatics analyses will emphasize the proper use of the scientific method to answer a research question, develop a hypothesis, safely carry out experiments at home, make observations, analyze, interpret and communicate results. 

    Course syllabus and learning objectives can be found here

    Learning Units

    • The scientific method and introduction to microbiology and bioinformatics to analyze molecular biology information. 

    • Host-microbe interactions including the human microbiome and bacteria-plant interactions. 

    • Microbial genetics and isolation of bacteria from host tissue. 

    • Bioinformatics tools to address a microbiology or molecular biology question by searching and analyzing DNA and protein sequences from online databases and computer software, and interpreting search results. 

    Program Details

    Dates: July 5 – July 29, 2022

    Schedule: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs 3pm – 5pm ET (live lessons), office hours + Q&A on Friday 3pm – 4pm 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.

    Payment Details: A 50% deposit is required to secure a student’s spot, with the remaining balance due 60 days prior to the program start date. Non-refundable.

    Application Deadline: May 2, 2022 or when all spots have been filled (rolling admissions). Space is limited.

    Course syllabus and learning objectives can be found here
  • Winter 2023

    Details coming soon.

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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: University of Connecticut




BS/MD: University of Pittsburgh




BS/MD: Rochester Institute of Technology




Harvard University




Yale University




Princeton University




Duke University




Brown University




University of Pennsylvania




Columbia University




Dartmouth University




Cornell University




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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

Not only do students earn 2 college credits, but they will also have their research published in UMass’s scientific research journal. This intensive course walks students through the entire scientific writing process with the goal of creating a research report and poster that will be published. Stand out in the competitive college admissions process by submitting your publication with your college applications. 

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UMass — High School Research Journal, Summer 2021 


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