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Ardent Academy for Gifted Youth 

Key Dates: 

  • Application Open: Monday, February 17, 2020
  • Admission Decisions: Rolling
  • Session 2 Early Bird Application Deadline: Mon, June 15, 2020

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Summer 2020 Ardent Research Program 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 is open to students entering 9 to 12th grade in fall 2020.  

Selected students must have a strong interest and commitment in scientific 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.

Program Will Cover

  1. Research methodology training (choose between one of two sessions)
  2. Research mentorship
  3. One presentation coaching session
  4. One poster day presentation practice

Key Dates

  • Application Open: Monday, February 17, 2020
  • Admission Decisions: Rolling
  • Session 2 Early Bird Application Deadline: Monday, June 15, 2020


  • Early Bird Tuition:  $1750.00 per student admitted (No Application Fee)
  • Tuition:  $1,950.00 per student admitted (No Application Fee)

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 Apply Here! button below to fill out your application. 
  4. Application decision will be announced on rolling basis. Once selected, you may enroll in the course on eLearning. Enrollment details will be sent with the acceptance email.