Research-Oriented Courses are designed to introduce junior high and middle school students to the foundations of science research, fields on the frontier of biology research, and important research skills. We prepare students for future science research programs, laboratory experiences, and research projects in high school and beyond.These courses are taught by our nations brightest high school students including USABO semifinalists, USNCO finalists, Science Olympiad National Medalists, published researchers, and ISEF finalists.

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Introduction to RESEARCH I:

  • Provide students with an opportunity to develop their skillset as researchers by conducting their own mini-research project

  • Teach students how to read and craft research papers, search for relevant papers through platforms such as PubMed, Google Scholar, etc., and cite sources in an organized bibliography

  • Introduce students to the general structure of a research paper and the publication process

  • Introduce students to the LaTeX typesetting system for research paper writing

  • Prepare students to develop the writing and analysis skills necessary succeed at competitive science fairs

Courses start date is May but class times are Mondays from 5-7 PM EST. Grade range is 7+.

Introduction to RESEARCH II:

  • Introduces students who have prior experience in scientific writing to more advanced research paper writing techniques, including figure & table guidelines, in-text citations, and more!

  • Teach students to develop concise, informational, and visually pleasing research slides

  • Provide students with the opportunity to collaborate to conduct their own research projects and experience oral research presentations

  • Introduce students to the LaTeX typesetting system for research paper writing

  • Prepare students to present their research at and win competitive science fairs

  • Develop a love for research!

Courses start date is May but class times are Fridays from 5-6 PM EST. Grade range is 7+.


  • Epidemiology: A course for students interested in understanding the mathematics behind disease spread and etiology. 

  • Immunology: A course for students interested in the immune system's structure and function, pathologies, and response to research-focused lens.

  • Neuroscience: Study neurons, nervous system, and brain structures.

  • Scientific Writing: Improve grammar, rhetoric, tone, voice, and revision.



Jason is a Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Finalist, an AJAS fellow, a Research Science Institute (RSI) '21 Scholar, and an independent biomedical research intern at the University of Colorado Boulder and NASA. Outside of research, Jason helped found and is currently the Board Director of ASPIRE Education Connections (ASPIRE Colorado, Inc.), a 501(c)(3) non-profit that aims to alleviate socio-economic factors in education by providing resources to students ranging from electronic devices to test prep books to college counseling.


Frank loves biology and research and believes that comprehension is the key to success. He is interested in synthetic spider silks and won the Grand Prize at iGEM 2019. He is also first authoring a preprint and co-first authoring a manuscript in preparation. He is a two-time USABO semifinalist, a USNCO finalist, and an RSI (Research Summer Institute) '21 scholar.


Siya is passionate about research, STEM advocacy, and political advocacy. She firmly believes that all three of her passions unite complex phenomenons with the general public. Some of Siya's achievements include being a 2021 Research Science Institute (RSI) Scholar, 3X ISEF Finalist, 1X NSJHS finalist, 2X NCWIT National Honorable Mention Winner, and an INSPO Science Fair Winner. Siya loves to conduct laboratory and computational projects pertaining to Alzheimer's and pancreatic cancer at multiple labs in Purdue University and University of Michigan.


Stephanie is an avid biology and math enthusiast, and she is very passionate about bridging the educational divide. Stephanie is a Research Science Institute (RSI) scholar, Science Olympiad national champion, Math Prize for Girls invitee, USABO semifinalist, and author of the book Epidemiology Unmasked: An Introduction to Epidemiology in Public Health. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys reading biographies and listening to podcasts.