Dr. James Li 
Ardent Academy for Gifted Youth 


Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 1:30 PM 
Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 4:30 PM

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2018 Science Research Institute Senior Division Application Form

The purpose of the Science Research Program is to provide superior research experience for motivated high school students by working on research projects in physics, mathematics, alternative energy, bioinformatics, mathematical biology, behavioral science, electronics, and computer science. 

The research program starts from June 9 to August 11 and is open to students entering 9 - 12th grade in fall 2018.  

Selected students must have a strong interest and commitment in scientifric research.  To produce a successful science fair research project, selected students must be able to devote a minimum of 160 hours during the summer towards the research effort.  We hope that this experience will have a positive effort on building student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). 

During the program, students learn how to conduct a review of literatures; refine a research project and hypothesis; learn data analysis methods and software tools; conduct the research; develop a presentation board; and participate in final project showcase.  Students who completed outstanding projects will also start the process of selecting a mentoring scientist of your choice to continue your research.


Students in grades 9-12 are eligible for this program.  The program will admit approximately 12 qualified students for the senior division.  The acceptance to the program is on a rolling basis so please apply early.  For more information, contact Dr. Li at

Date and Time Commitment

  • Saturday, June 9, 1:30 - 4:30 PM: Selecting and Refining Research Questions
  • Saturday, June 16, 1:30 - 4:30 PM: Conducting Background Research
  • Saturday, July 14, 1:30 - 4:30 PM: Write and Communicate a Research Plan
  • Saturday, July 28, 1:30 - 4:30 PM: Presenting a Research Plan 
  • July 29 - August 11: Students will conduct their own research with four meetings to review progress and receive guidance through office hours on Saturdays.
  • Saturday, August 11: Research Paper Due

Tuition and Fees

  • Tuition:  $1,750.00 per student admitted (No Application Fee)


The registration deadline will be on Sunday, April 29, 2018.

How to Apply?

  1. Visit California State Science Fair to select a project category of your interest.
  2. Study projects in your selected category to gain ideas of your research interest.
  3. Click the Register Now! button below to fill out your application. 
  4. Applicants will be interviewed to determine research interest.  
  5. Application decision will be announced on rolling basis. Once selected, you may enroll in the course here.