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Summer Institute

Two intensive high school summer research programs. Complete a 4-week research investigation with experimentation and immerse yourself in science this summer OR immerse in a 2-week scientific methods boot camp with presentation and orator training.

Submit to JSHS, Google Science Fair and the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

iResearch Institute offers financial aid and is funded by iResearch Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

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Student Centered Independent Studies

The first research camp open to all high school aged students

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Award Winning

Our students have gone to win top science research competitions, including the International Science and Engineering Fair, the Siemens Competition, and Regeneron STS.

Unlimited Posibilities

Explore any field you would like to explore, from C. elegans to environmental sciences to artificial intelligence, we assist your learning using the scientific method! The 4-week experimentation program explores original projects created by iResearch Institute staff!

Expert Mentorship

Get Ph.D. level mentorship and conduct research with undergraduates from MIT, Hofstra, and Stanford

"Critically Acclaimed"

See the film, SCIENCE FAIR, that includes the head instructor for iResearch Institute!

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Program Features

A first-class scientific journey that extends beyond just your summer.

Summer High School Research Experiences

iResearch Institute has implemented two programs. Research Methods and Presentation Skills Boot Camp or Advanced Experimentation.


Curious and driven students are immersed in an exploration of science research concepts.
What will I learn at iRI?

This BOOT CAMP is the best way to prepare for upcoming, competitive explanations of science (50% Science; 50% "The Sell"). Learn science research concepts i.e. how to write an abstract, presentation skills (written and verbal), journal retrieval and annotation, investigate a scientific discipline of choice, learn to write a formal research paper, etc. and identify future topics of interest for scientific research.

Skills? Talents?

We will teach the following science research methods:

  • To design/outline research proposals
  • To effectively present science research investigations verbally or written
  • To design and illustrate presentation slides and/or competition boards
  • To write publishable abstracts & papers
  • To understand competition guidelines

How will each day be planned?

Complete review of presentation and scientific writing skills

  • Orator training: Communication skills and promoting science (50/50)
  • Scientific writing training: Scholarly paper review and inquiry, create templates for publishable abstracts and research papers
  • Design, structure, and present superior PowerPoint presentations


Academically talented and motivated students engage in hands-on science research projects.
How will experimentation occur?

Individual members can work alone or join a team to address aspects of an original research project to support or negate a proposed hypothesis.

Skills? Talents?

We encourage the use of research experimentation at competition:

  • Conduct novel experimentation; project use for competitions is allowed
  • Review research proposals and modify research plan for experimentation
  • Effectively use provided resources and supplies to complete methodologies
  • Use data collected to write publishable abstracts & papers for competition
  • To conduct safe experimentation

How will each day be planned?

Complete review of laboratory techniques and safety with data collection

  • Research methods training.
  • Basic biology and chemistry review.
  • Learning and conducting laboratory experimentation to test novel hypotheses.

Summer 2020 Details

Program Summary

Details Description
We are monitoring physical location closures due to Covid-19, currently iResearch Institute is scheduled to run, as planned! Dates: NCC only - 2 week program - July 20-31, 2020
4 week program
(Sc) - June 1 - 26, 2020
(NCC) July 6 - 31, 2020
Application Deadline: Opens January 31, 2020; rolling acceptance of Part I and Part II - until April 2020
Tuition: 2 week program - $2695.
4 week program - $4695.
Please Contact us if requesting financial aid
Financial Aid: Limited numbers of full and/or partial scholarships are available. Please submit a financial aid letter with Part II of application
Eligibility: Students must complete seventh grade (2-week program) and complete eighth grade (4-week program) by June 2020.
Program Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Locations: 1. Nassau Community College (NCC) - Garden City, NY 11530
2. Science Coach (Sc) - 4340 Duncan Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
Team members: Serena McCalla, Ph.D.; undergraduate and graduate research fellows
Chaperones: Students will be directly supervised in the laboratory and escorted to lunch and all other activities (includings library, etc.). Transporation to facility is not provided by iResearch Institute.
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A proven track record of success


Stanford University; Intel STS Finalist (2017); Siemens Competition Semifinalist (2017)


Harvard University; Intel STS Semifinalist (2010), Intel ISEF Finalist (2008-2010); Siemens Competition Semifinalist (2008)


Case Western University School of Medicine; Intel STS Semifinalist (2012), Intel ISEF finalist (2011, 2012)


Yale University; Intel STS Semifinalist (2010), Intel ISEF Finalist (2008-2010)

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The Application Process

How to apply

iResearch Institute High School Summer Program is geared for motivated students who want to use their summer recess to increase understandings of the scientific research process. These students will learn detailed research methodologies and conduct novel experimentation. The iResearch Institute will train students in science research methods through clarifying science with inquiry. Experimentation will be conducted to prepare students for science research related competitions, as applicable.

iResearch Institute Summer Research Program will be held at Nassau Community College (NCC); 1 Education Drive, Garden City, NY 11530: 2 week session from July 20-31, 2020 and 4-week session from July 6 - July 31, 2020. The High School summer research program will be run from 9AM - 4:30 PM daily, Monday-Friday

Please contact us for waiver of application fee, if applying for financial aid. Limited numbers of full and/or partial scholarships are available. Please submit a financial aid letter with student application.

See Financial Aid Application

Students who are interested in our high school summer research institute, intensive science research methods and laboratory investigations must complete the full application process. Student eligibility for the iResearch Institute programs must satisfy all requirements for the intensive summer research application.

We highly recommend that all high school students who wish to apply to our 4-week summer experimentation program have taken advanced biology, minimally. Students increase their chances of being assigned to a complex laboratory component and advanced experimentation in our summer research program, as applicable to formal educational training.

You must complete the application by applying online via our plug in system.

iResearch Institute Summer High School Research Program application process opens January 31, 2020. All documents should be uploaded directly to the iResearch Institute Summer Research Program site.

To be considered in our initial high school summer program application review, submit your application at any time after January 31, 2020. The application process is rolling but all applications must be received by end of business for ROLLING and Rolling to be considered for admission. Refer to "Letter of iResearch Institute Acceptance," below, for details on program acceptance. Admission selection is rolling until laboratory capacity is reached.

After Rolling deadline, any remaining applications received by the close of business will be reviewed for program acceptance to complete the summer high school program fulfillment of classes. The selection process will continue until all application reviews close in late spring.

All selected applicants will be notified by May 29th.

Please complete the Typeform application HERE, which contains the following information:

  • 1. Completed iResearch Institute application with parent/guardian and student signatures
  • 2. Most recent official transcript (include official school seal and PSAT, SAT I/II test scores, as applicable) and extracurricular activities list
  • 3. Document of student essays, originally as a Word doc (see below)
  • 4. Student and Parent Agreement with signatures
  • 5. Release Form with parent and student signatures
  • 6. Recommendation should be submitted separately, please review below
  • 7. Application fee or application fee waiver (email prior to completing Part I of the iResearch Institute application, stating financial aid need for application fee waiver)

Essay Questions

Essays for Part II of the application are found below (complete in a Word document prior to beginning Part II of the online application).

  • 1. Explain how participation in the iResearch Institute Summer Research Program will enhance your long term goal for a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (350 words max).
  • 2. Explain the greatest obstacle you have faced in life, thus far and how you overcame the difficulty (250 words max).
  • 3. Write a brief note to a future team mate. The note should reveals something about you that will help your teammate and the iResearch Institute team know you better (250 words max).
  • 4. Please, provide information regarding your extracurricular activities, as applicable (1000 words max).

Recommendation Criteria/Guidelines

Note Well: Two letters of recommendation, should be emailed directly to or by student recommenders ONLY (not the student) following the criteria below:

  • 1. The recommender should explain how the student best represents a scientist, mathematician, and/or future leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
  • 2. The recommender should address the students ability to work with others, leadership qualities, and maturity.
  • 3. The recommenders should upload a PDF containing the recommendation using the students name and date of birth (i.e. Doe, John_MM/DD/YEAR) as the file name to or before the rolling EXTENDED deadline

Students may add themselves to a waitlist after being notified as a student of interest by emailing or The guidelines for the iResearch Institute waitlist are listed below. Please note well:

The waitlist is not first-come, first-served. Selection from the waitlist is determined using the same criteria as regular registration admissions. Placement on the waitlist can vary from student to student, week to week.

After May 2020, applications received by the close of business will be reviewed for program acceptance to complete the summer program fulfillment of classes. The selection process will continue until all application reviews close in late spring. All selected applicants will be notified by May 29th.

Waitlisting for the iResearch Institute summer research program is a commitment. The waitlist process is designed to fill every open seat in the research methods courses and laboratory experiences. If a student is at the top of the waitlist and space opens up, the student will be notified via email. After being selected to be removed from the waitlist and to join the program the student will have 7 days to notify us of future participation. If at any point, you decide that you no longer wish to be considered for a waitlisted enrollment position, please be sure to email or immediately.

Students on a waitlist will receive an email communication about their status no later than May 30th, where they are either assigned to the program or denied admission for this calendar year.

On May 30th students will be removed from the waitlist unless they ask to keep their waitlist status active via email.

Although we would like to accommodate all students who apply, due to space limitations this is not possible. When completing the application, we encourage you to list as many curricular and extracurricular activities, test scores (PSAT, Olympiad scores, etc.), academic records, etc. as possible to increase acceptance rates. This will give you the best possible chance of participating in our program this summer.

Because lab space at our site is limited, we often have more requests than we can accommodate.

Students will be notified by email if accepted to the iResearch Institute summer research program. Admission is rolling and students will begin to receive acceptance shortly after applications open on January 31st. Please be mindful to check email spam folders frequently. The applicant will receive an email regarding acceptance into the iResearch Institute and have 10 days after being notified about acceptance to agree to participation. Full iResearch Institute summer program payments should be RECEIVED no later than June 1, 2020.

To withdraw your child from the program for any reason prior to arriving on site, you must notify iResearch Institute in writing. Refunds take approximately 4-6 weeks to process from the time that the withdrawal notification is received by the iResearch Institute. Refunds are issued in the same method of payment (check or charge) used for the initial payment to iResearch Institute. Refunds are sent to the students address of record. Please refer to the chart below for more information regarding iResearch Institute refund policies.

Before February 25th Summer Program Tuition will be refunded in full.* The application fee will not be refunded under any circumstances
After Registration opens but before summer program begins February** Tuition will be refunded in full. The application fee will not be refunded under any circumstances! Tuition fee refund under limited circumstances**
March** Tuition will be refunded, less 25% OF THE DEPOSIT
April** Tuition will be refunded, less 50% OF THE DEPOSIT
May** Tuition will be refunded, less 75% OF THE DEPOSIT
After final enrollment selections, preparation, and start of High School Summer Program Begins June- August Tuition will NOT be refunded. No refund after summer session begins under any circumstances The application fee will not be refunded under any circumstances

*Tuition fees paid are fully refundable only in the following circumstances: if a student withdraws for a medical reason and provides us with appropriate documentation from a physician or the student did not receive sufficient financial aid.

**If a student withdraws due to a medical reason and appropriate documentation from a physician is provided, a refund will be given on a prorated basis.

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