Scholar Launch 2021 Winter
Research Practicum

(For 9-12th graders)



  • Group sessions with Faculty Advisor

  • 1-on-1 sessions with Teaching Assistant

  • Methodology courses

Class Detail

  • Cohort size: 3-5 students

  • Target students: 9-12th graders



  • Academic paper or product

  • Paper publication

  • Chance to win a letter of recommendation from professor



  • Start date: late December or early January

  • Duration: 12 weeks

  • Workload: at least 4 hours per week (including online sessions and offline assignments)

Program Lists

Program 1: Network Algorithms

Navigating an Interconnected World: Algorithmic, Computational, Statistical Methods and their Applications

Faculty Advisor:  Professor, the School of Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology

Program 3: Data Science

Big Data Analytics and Predictive Modeling: Using RStudio to Predict Game Outcomes

Faculty Advisor: Assistant Professor, Systems Engineering, West Point Academy

Program 5: Neuroscience

Neuroscience and Psychology: How the Brain Works in Learning and Memory

Faculty Advisor: Emeritus Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego

Program 7: AI and Healthcare

Transforming Healthcare with Data Science and Machine Learning

Faculty Advisor: Adjunct Associate Professor of Computer Science, UCLA

Program 9: Technology and Space

Technology Innovations that will Lead Humans to Becoming a Multi-planetary Species 

Faculty Advisor: Eisenhower Fellow and Chief Medical Innovation Officer for Liberty BioSecurity

Program 11: Business and Entrepreneurship

Business After the Pandemic:
How to Lead Your Startup to Success in the Post-pandemic Era

Faculty Advisor: Adjunct Instructor, NYU Stern School of Business

Program 13: Psychology

Adolescent Psychology: from Brain to Behavior

Faculty Advisor: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Program 15: International Relations

War and Peace: International Relations through the Ages

Faculty Advisor: Associate Researcher, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University

Program 17: Mythology and Pop Culture

Mythology Across Time: From Ancient Greece to Marvel Universe

Faculty Advisor: Professor of Global Liberal Studies, New York University in Paris

Program 19: Law and Philosophy

Legal Dilemmas and Philosophical Quandaries: How To Think About Life’s Most Challenging Questions

Faculty Advisor: Associate at a top 10 law firm; Juris Doctor, Yale Law School

Program 21: Art and Community

Art at the Juncture: Communal Isolation, Reopening and Public Health

Faculty Advisor: Award-winnig video artist and writer; MFA, NYU Steinhardt School

Program 2: Applied Math and AI

Applied Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning: Theories and Applications

Faculty Advisor: Professor, Mathematics, Georgia Institute of Technology

Program 4: Public Health

Public Health, Medical Ethics, and the Role of Government in Responding to Covid-19

Faculty Advisor: Former Associate Professor, Yale University School of Medicine

Program 6: Biomedicine

Designing a Science-based Strategy to 
Prepare for the Next Pandemic

Faculty Advisor: Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Program 8: Cloud Computing

Innovative Solutions to Real-Life Business and Social Problems Using AI and Cloud Technology

Faculty Advisor: Associate Professor, Computer Science, New York University

Program 10: CS and Finance

Human-Machine Teaming: Applications, Issues, and Case Studies

Faculty Advisor: Adjunct Faculty, Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science

Program 12: Criminology

Criminology: Trait Theory, Victimization and Case Studies

Faculty Advisor: Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of California, San Diego

Program 14: History and Epidemiology

Examining the Socio-Psychological Consequences After Epidemics Throughout History

Faculty Advisor: Adjunct Assistant Professor of History, Columbia University

Program 16: Racial Equity

Social Injustice in Modern America:
Understanding the Historical, Cultural, Economic, and Legal Factors behind

Faculty Advisor: Professor of African, American and African Studies, Francophone Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Michigan

Program 18: Financial Analysis

Financial Analysis: Real-World Companies’ Financial and Operational Activities during COVID-19

Faculty Advisor: Former Assistant professor, Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis

Program 20: Urban Design

Architecture and the City: Sustainable Urban Design that Inspires

Faculty Advisor: Adjunct Associate Professor, Urban Design, Columbia University

Student Life

Scholar Launch 2021 Winter
Junior Research Practicum



  • 12 Group sessions with Faculty Advisor

  • Midpoint and Final Evaluation from Faculty Advisor

Class Detail

  • Cohort size: 5-10 students

  • Target students: 7-9th graders



  • Academic paper or research plan

  • Paper publication

  • Possible letter of recommendation from Faculty Advisor



  • Start date: late December or early January

  • Duration: 12 weeks

  • Workload: at least 3 hours per week (including online sessions and offline assignments)

Program 1: STEM

STEM Research Academy:

The Science and Engineering of Designing Safer Vehicles: 
Achieving Vision Zero with Data Mining, Biomechanics, and Simulation

Faculty Advisor: Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Center for Applied Biomechanics (CAB) in University of Virginia

Program 2: Social Science and Humanities

Social Science Academy:

Global Revolutions in the Twentieth Century

Faculty Advisor: Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Southern Methodist University; Ph.D. in Latin American History, Yale

Program 3: Literature and Gender Studies

Literature Academy:

Comparative Literature and Gender Studies

Faculty Advisor: Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford University

Program 4: Robotics

Robotics Academy

Faculty Advisor: Assistant Professor, Systems Engineering, West Point Academy