What grade levels is the program open to?
Rising Researchers is open to students at all high school levels (rising 9th – 12th) and college students. Exceptions can be made for younger students who demonstrate exceptional maturity and commitment to research.
Is the program open to international students?
Yes, Rising Researchers is open to international students. All of the sessions will be conducted in English.
How does the program accommodate students who live in different time zones?
Our mentors are located in different time zones across the United States. One of the most unique aspects of our program is the flexibility of live, synchronous sessions each week. You will be able to schedule each of your sessions based on your availability, including nights and weekends.
What are the admission criteria?
Rising Researchers does not require any previous experience. You will be paired with a medical mentor based on your level of experience and the curriculum will be tailored to your individual needs.
How is Rising Researchers different from other research programs?
While other research programs are focused on fostering laboratory skills, Rising Researchers aims to develop data analysis, publication writing, and presentation skills. These qualities are highly sought after at research institutions and medical schools.
Furthermore, the Rising Researchers curriculum was created by our medical mentors, who are not only experienced in research but also BS/MD and medical school admissions. We aim to help students gain a different perspective on research seldom available elsewhere. We also strive to provide an experience to help them stand out in the BS/MD and medical school admissions process.
What kind of experiences can I expect?
This program is uniquely shaped by your individual needs. The full course includes 10 live, synchronous sessions that can be flexibly scheduled based on your availability. The one-on-one sessions with our mentors will not only help you design and develop your research project but also practice presenting scientific information in a poster session.
All of our mentors are medical students or physicians with strong research backgrounds. Our curriculum includes sessions about preparing for the BS/MD and medical school application process as well as an introduction to healthcare systems. In addition to research, the medical aspects integrated into the program provides a chance to learn more about the healthcare field.
Does attending Rising Researchers improve my chances of being accepted at top universities/Direct Medical Programs?
Top universities, direct medical programs, and medical schools recruit and select students who challenge themselves and actively engage in their passions. Participation in Rising Researchers can help demonstrate your academic rigor with deliverables such as a publication of your research work and a poster presentation. Furthermore, the top students in the Rising Researchers program may have further opportunities to help our mentors in research projects that will be aimed at publishing in indexed academic journals. These aspects serve to help you stand out in your applicant cohort in BS/MD and medical school admissions.
Do I need to pursue pre-med or BS/MD to participate in Rising Researchers?
No, Rising Researchers is open to anyone who is interested in further developing their research skills. However, the majority of our students do have an interest in medicine, and our curriculum does incorporate this.
What is the time commitment for students?
The Rising Researchers course must be completed within 4 months from the first session. The weekly session is estimated to be 60-75 minutes. Offline weekly assignments are also expected to be completed and are estimated to take up to 1-2 hours per week.
Is publication in the research journal guaranteed?
Publication in the research journal is based on several factors, including academic integrity, overall course grade, and quality of the research manuscript. Manuscripts that do not adhere to the standards of the authorship guidelines will not be published. These factors serve to protect the scientific integrity of our research journal.
Is the research journal peer-reviewed?
The Rising Researchers Journal is peer-reviewed by our in-house team of medical doctors, medical students, and Ph.D. candidates. The journal is also indexed in a scholarly database. As part of the program, research mentors will work with their students to set up a research profile on Google Scholar and link all their research work, including publication in the Rising Researchers Journal. This will serve as their online research portfolio.
Can students select their own research topic?
Yes, students can select a research focus. They can explore a research topic they are interested in or brainstorm new ideas with their mentor. The entire process is customizable.
Is it necessary for students to have a topic in mind?
No. Students can work with their research mentor to pick a topic together.
Do you offer payment plans? Refunds?
No, we do not offer payment plans or refunds. In order to be paired with a mentor, payments must be made in full. We do understand that situations may arise that hinder students from completing their research; we will handle all issues on a case-by-case basis. We share the same goal with students/parents: a successful experience for the student. Therefore, we try our best to be accommodating.