Through the Junior Research Fellowship program, individuals or groups of students in grades 6-8 who have a passionate interest, are performing well in the classroom and show task commitment capabilities may pursue high-level research on a chosen topic.
Working with a mentor, each Fellow will assume the role of a first-hand inquirer - thinking, feeling and acting like a practicing professional in a discipline. Research topics may be an extension of the curriculum in a certain class, a related topic not covered in the Middle School curriculum, or a creative, new initiative that the student has a desire to explore. The research that each Fellow conducts must lead him into a new realm of learning and result in some kind of authentic product. There are no firm rules for what the product should be, but examples include a publication, a performance, an original composition, or a piece of art.
- To provide an opportunity for boys to apply their interests, knowledge, creative ideas and task commitment to a self-selected area of study
- To acquire advanced-level understanding of the knowledge and methodology that are used within particular disciplines or artistic areas of expression
- To develop authentic products that are directed toward bringing about a desired impact on a specified audience
- To develop self-directed learning skills in the areas of planning, organization, resource utilization, time management, decision making and self-evaluation
- To develop self-confidence, feelings of creative accomplishment and the ability to interact effectively with other students, teachers and mentors with advanced levels of interest and expertise in an area of study
An application process and personal interview with the program director will be required for entry into the program. All boys in grades 6-8 may apply to be a Junior Research Fellow. Proposals will be accepted from boys who show exceptional excitement for a particular topic, solid classroom performance, and task commitment capabilities.