Before we get started, we simply want to say that this knowledge isn’t just for science-minded pupils. Any field, including engineering, history, the arts, and political science, can do research by simply seeking out new patterns, concepts, or phenomena. Although this may be encouraging for many of our readers, the subject of how to engage in research—especially as a high school student—remains.
There are two main avenues high school students might take to find research opportunities. You can either apply to a specific research program or get in touch with academic institution faculty and/or researchers on your own.
Summer research and volunteer programs for high school students have been established by numerous universities, think tanks, and academic institutions. For programs starting in June of a given year, these programs frequently require applications to be submitted by January or February. The program managers will use the essays and recommendations you provide in your applications to place you with a specific research faculty when you are accepted. For students interested in mathematics, science, and computer science, MIT hosts the RSI program. For those interested in the biological sciences, Stanford hosts SIMR. For students interested in political science, Rice University hosts a program through the Baker Institute.
Making Your Own Way:
When looking for research opportunities on your own, you have more flexibility and freedom to select which professor you work with than in the established programs mentioned above. Here is a strategy you can use:
The following elements can assist you to make a decision if you receive offers from several labs or research groups:
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