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Scholar Launch 2022 Summer
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: June 2022

  • Duration: 10 weeks

  • Workload: at least 5 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 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: Music Therapy

Music as Medicine: the Connections between Musical Sound and Science 

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

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: Criminology

Criminology: Trait Theory, Victimization and Case Studies

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

Program 9: History and Epidemiology

Examining the Socio-Psychological Consequences After Epidemics Throughout History

Faculty Advisor: Adjunct Assistant Professor of History, Columbia University

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: Physics


Faculty Advisor: Former Physics Preceptor, Harvard University

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: Game Industry

Digital Games: History, Business, and Social Impact

Faculty Advisor: Assistant Professor, Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota

Program 19: Finance

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

Faculty Advisor: Associate Principal, consulting firm; Former Assistant professor, Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis

Program 21: 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 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: 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 10: CS and Finance

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

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

Program 12: Environmental Science

Using Satellite Data to Map, Monitor, and Assess Our Changing Environment from Space

Faculty Advisor: Research Associate Professor, Boston University

Program 14: 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 16: AI and Healthcare

Transforming Healthcare with Data Science and Machine Learning 

Faculty Advisor: Adjunct Associate Professor of Computer Science, UCLA

Program 18: Political Economy

How Do Politics and Political Institutions Shape Public Policies and the Economy?

Faculty Advisor: Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Georgetown University

Program 20: International Relations

Financial Aid: Does it Help or Hurt Developing Countries?

Faculty Advisor: Professor, Department of Economics, Tulane

Student Life

Scholar Launch 2022 Summer
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: June 2022

  • 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: PhD. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Center for Applied Biomechanics (CAB) in University of Virginia

Program 2: Neuroscience

Neuroscience Research Academy:

Understanding the Scientific Method through Cognitive Neuroscience

Faculty Advisor: Ph.D. Candidate, Neuroscience, University of California, San Diego