The Science Research Program helps students develop skills in bibliographic research, research methodology, mathematical and computational tools, and effective communication of research 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 a university, medical center or research institute.

Welcome to Ardent Academy for Gifted Youth.  You have been enrolled in the Introductory Science Research Senior Division program.  To get started, I suggest you

  1. Study the syllabus to get an overview of the program and basic requirements.
  2. Learn how to use the message system by sending me a hello message.
  3. Check and complete your personal information such as addresses, phones, and emails.
  4. Introduce yourself in the class Forums under the thread Introduction.
  5. Learn how to use the Blogs feature of this class.  From the time you are enrolled in the class, you are required to create at least one blog entry per week to document your research activities.
  6. Check the Wiki Page.  If you see your project listed, start to study the resources I provided and start your research project NOW!

Course Description

The goal of science is to contribute to our understanding of the natural world, and scientific research is the process used to contribute to that understanding.  Scientists must also communicate that understanding with precision, accuracy, and economy.  The goal of this course is to provide highly motivated students an opportunity to perform original independent research and learn how to effectively communicate their results, with the end goal of entering 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


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

  • Saturday, June 10, 1:30 - 4:30 PM: Introduction to Science Fair Workshop.
  • Saturday, June 17, 1:30 - 4:30 PM: Selecting and Refining Research Questions
  • Saturday, June 24, 1:30 - 4:30PM: Office Hours (as needed)
  • Saturday, July 1, 1:30 - 4:30 PM: Conducting Background Research
  • Saturday, July 8, 1:30 - 4:30PM: Office Hours (as needed)
  • Saturday, July 15, 1:30 - 4:30 PM: Writing Research Plan 
  • Saturday, July 22, 1:30 - 4:30 PM: Office Hour (as needed)
  • Saturday, July 29, 1:30 - 4:30 PM: Office Hour (as needed)
  • Saturday, August 5, 1:30 - 4:30 PM: Office Hour (as needed)
  • Saturday, August 12: 1:30 - 4:30 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 enfoced:

  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