Horizon Academic is a research program that guides high school students through the process of doing college-level research projects. Students have the option of being mentored by professors in small groups of 4 students or on a one-on-one basis with postdoctoral fellows or PhD candidates who are experts in the subject that a student wishes to research. Students meet with their mentor 20 times throughout the course of the program and complete a 20 page research paper. The program is offered 3 times per year during the fall, spring, or summer. The fall and spring terms last for 16 weeks, while the summer program lasts for 10 weeks. Students should apply with a particular set of research interests. Admitted students will then work with their mentors to refine a specific research proposal, conduct the research, and draft the paper.
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Students must have at least a 3.67 unweighted high school GPA. It is expected that students wishing to do research in a particular subject have taken the most challenging coursework in that subject available to them in their school and that they demonstrate this interest through their choices of extracurricular activities. Horizon's average acceptance rate is 26%.
Minimum 10 hours per week.
1. Students submit a written application which asks about prior research experiences, research interests, and a statement of purpose.
2. Students provide writing samples that demonstrate their past long-form analytical writing.
3. Selected students sit for an oral interview. Interviews are typically conducted over Zoom.
4. Students will receive an admissions decision within 7 days of their oral interview.