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. Students who are able to complete a project will have the opportunity to enter local, state and/or national science competitions. Students must complete an application and be approved before registering.

Registration Procedure

  1. Click here to turn in an application.
  2. After reviewing the application, we will follow-up to schedule an interview with Dr. Li.
  3. Once accepted, you will register and pay the tuition of $1,750.

Applications are due May 20, 2018. Selection to Ardent Summer Science Research Institute is considered by an application and in-person interview. Once your application is received, our office will contact you to schedule an interview.

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 9, 1:30 - 4:30 PM: How to select research questions and conduct background research
  • Saturday, June 16, 1:30 - 4:30 PM: How to write background research report
  • Saturday, June 23, 1:30 - 4:30 PM: Office Hours (as needed)
  • Saturday, July 14, 1:30 - 4:30 PM: How to design experiments or products
  • Saturday, July 21, 1:30 - 4:30 PM: Office Hour (as needed)
  • Saturday, July 28, 1:30 - 4:30 PM: How to write research plan
  • Saturday, August 4, 1:30 - 4:30 PM: Office Hour (as needed)
  • Saturday, August 11, 1:30 - 4:30 PM: Summer research conference and progress report
  • September 10, 2018 - January 31, 2019: Research progress report and advisory by appointment only

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 or Google Office