- Listing Type: After-School Enrichment
- Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG, College
- Program Delivery: Online
- Session Start: January, June, September
- Session Length: Semester
- Category: STEM
- Sub-Categories: College Application, Marine Biology, STEM, Biology, Geology, Chemistry, Mentoring, Preserving the Environment, Work Experience, Career Exploration, Environmental Science, Study Skills
- Minimum Cost: > $1,000
- Gender: Coed
- Call: (530) 426-3063
The Headwaters Research Experience is an engaging three-part extracurricular program that guides students through creating a research project on any topic imaginable. Under the mentorship of a professional scientist, students pose research questions, design a study, and analyze their data. Students emerge from the program with a formal research paper, a finalized research presentation, and increased confidence in their ability to contribute to science in a meaningful way.
The Headwaters Research Experience reinforces the hands-on parts of science and builds student creativity. Instead of learning from a textbook, students can design and execute their projects, conduct field research, and learn how to analyze their findings. Throughout the process, students are mentored by a professional scientist. Students complete the program with a polished research presentation and a formal research paper. Students will submit research papers for publication, and all research papers are included in the Headwaters Research Journal.
Students will meet digitally with the entire cohort once a week and in digital private sessions with their assigned mentor twice per week. At the end of their program, students will give a public presentation on their research. This program requires an estimated four to eight hours per week.
In part one of the program, students will work with their scientist mentor and peers to develop a research question and design a corresponding research project.
In part two of the program, students work independently to collect data. Students use the techniques they designed to gather information in accordance with the scientific method. Mentors guide students through statistical analysis so that students can interpret the information they’ve collected.
In part three of the program, students will showcase their hard work by creating a research presentation and authoring a research paper alongside their mentor. In addition to being published in the Headwaters Research Journal, all student research papers are submitted to a youth science journal for publication.
We can accommodate participants located anywhere globally, as long as they have a reliable internet connection. No prior research experience is necessary for this program.