Science is the engine of property. Scientific research brings together observations, knowledge, and data to solve problems, invent solutions, and develop new products.
The goal of this course is to provide highly motivated students an opportunity to perform independent research and learn how to effectively communicate their results. Students participate in group classes, web-based collaboration, individual meetings, and receive research assistance while conducting research at Ardent Academy or with a student-selected mentor at home, universities, medical centers or research institutes. Students who are able to complete a project will have the opportunity to enter local, state and/or national science competitions.

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to develop the students' ability to identify a research topic, complete their own thorough scientific investigation on the topic and report their findings through written and oral presentations.  Specific objectives include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Understand the scientific research process
  • Develop experience with experimental techniques specific to their field of research
  • Develop a working knowledge of conducting literature search
  • Understand the importance of communicating in clear, concise writing as a scientist
  • Practice scientific writing and participate in the peer review process
  • Practice orally presenting and defending their research
  • Produce a paper or poster of their research


On-Site Meetings will be held at the Northwood Campus.

  • Saturday, June 10, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM: How to select and refine research questions
  • Saturday, June 17, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM: How to conduct background research
  • Saturday, June 24, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Office Hour (as needed)
  • Saturday, July 1, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM: How to write and communicate research plan
  • Saturday, July 8, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Office Hour (as needed)
  • Saturday, July 15, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM: How to present research plan 
  • Saturday, July 22, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Office Hour (as needed)
  • Saturday, July 29, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Office Hour (as needed)
  • Saturday, August 5, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Office Hour (as needed)
  • Saturday, August 12: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Summer Conference and Research Paper Due

Computer Use Policy

You are responsible for bringing your own computer with software for creating and editing documents and spreadsheets.  It is expected that students will use the computer appropriately during the camp time.  The following policies are strictly enforced:

  1. No computer game playing during the entire camp time (lecture, research, and breaks)
  2. No use of Facebook, Google+, or other online chat and messaging applications during the entire camp time.
  3. No other work on the computer unrelated to the current research topic.



  • A 3-ring binder to keep lecture and literature notes, relevant articles, internet research
  • Composition notebook for research notes (check Lesson 0 for requirements)
  • Microsoft Office