• What is Horizon Academic?

    Horizon Academic (HARP) is a trimester-long online research program for extraordinary high school students to refine their interest in an academic subject. Students will develop a college-level research project under the individualized guidance of a professor from a globally renowned university.

     

    Horizon scholars choose their own field of inquiry and work with their professor to develop a unique research proposal. After a trimester of reading, writing, and exploring, Horizon scholars finish their final projects, most often a 20-25 page research paper. By showcasing a student's very best work, Horizon gives students the opportunity to get letters of recommendation, pursue external publication, and demonstrate their exceptional talent to universities.

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  • "This project was the highlight of my year."

    Malika, the American International School

    of Lagos

    "I feel like this paper was some of my best work yet, and I can't wait to submit it for publication."

    Darynne, Branksome Hall

    "Horizon was instrumental to be writing this paper and getting published in a journal."

    Furui, Northeast Yucai School

    "I feel better prepared to go to the London School of Economics next fall because I participated in Horizon Academic."

    Keyun, Ulink College of Suzhou Industrial Park

  • What Makes Horizon Unique

     

    Learning Beyond Borders

    Horizon scholars may participate in the program from anywhere in the world, as long as they have a computer and a reliable internet connection.

     

    Academic Freedom

    Our students are free to choose any research topic they would like that's relevant to the course they are taking.

     

     

    Unrivaled Faculty Attention

    With a 2:1 staff-to-student ratio, Horizon Academic supports its scholars with the guidance of a professor, a teaching assistant, and a program coordinator.

     

     

     

    College Admissions Advantages

    While every university is unique, most value students who are invested in their studies and who pursue challenging work outside the traditional school day. Horizon students stand out in the college application process because it's rare for a high school student to complete a 20-25 page long paper in school, much less outside the classroom during free time.

    Scholarship with Purpose

    Horizon challenges students to develop projects that address global public policy issues. Whether they choose to analyze theories of economic development or examine the collapse of a local ecosystem in their country, our scholars are encouraged to consider the policy implications of their findings.

    An Early Start

    Adapting to university life can be challenging be challenging for many students, and professors hold students to high standards in their academic writing. Students who do college-level writing early on are better prepared for the challenges of college life.

  • Student Sample Projects

    Horizon Scholars Research Paper Excerpts

  • Can Britain Benefit From Brexit

     

    The outcome of the “Brexit” referendum on June 23, 2016 came as a shock to observers and Britons around the world: the U.K. had decided to become the first European Union member state to leave the Union. This paper argues that the U.K. is very unlikely to benefit from exiting the European Union. Many of the jobs lost to foreign competition are unlikely to return after Brexit, and many more jobs are likely to go after the U.K. loses its membership in the European Common Market. A less open U.K. is less attractive for tourists who flock to London and Scotland. Finally, foreign students who study in the U.K. value the country’s connectivity with Europe and the corresponding economic opportunities after graduation. Unless the U.K. is able to negotiate miraculously favorable terms for Brexit, the U.K.’s departure from the E.U. is likely to trigger a recession in the U.K. and possibly a political crisis.

    The Republic: An Analysis of Socrates’ and Plato’s Rhetorical Skills

     

    Rhetoric has the power to convince people, to inspire change, or even to galvanize revolutions. Many modern writers and thinkers unknowingly use rhetorical techniques originally developed by ancient Greek philosophers. This paper explores three key rhetorical devices used in Plato’s Republic that have gone on to color discourse for more than two millennia. Both Socrates and Plato appeal to their audience’s desires, adopted guided dialogues to illustrate and to persuade step by step, and used deliberately crafted thought experiments to form ideal situations in support of their claims. By carefully analyzing these rhetorical devices, we not only gain insight into the thought processes of Plato and Socrates, but we also gain a deeper appreciation of the origin of rhetorical techniques that are ubiquitous in the modern world.

     

    The Impact of China on ASEAN

     

    This paper focuses on the relationship between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. I first analyze various positive and negative impacts that China has had on various ASEAN member states. I conclude that, overall, China exerts a positive influence on ASEAN member states. Competition from Chinese firms drives down prices for consumers in ASEAN countries, while China’s growing economy offers a large market for ASEAN nation exports. As a result of China’s growing presence in ASEAN economies, ASEAN firms may struggle to compete with Chinese firms, and the economic gains of Sino-ASEAN cooperation will likely be uneven, increasing inequality. I contend that these short-term challenges can be mitigated by well-crafted policies and the long-term economic benefits of free market competition.

    Why Is the Black Male Incarceration Rate in America So Disproportionately High?

     

    The disproportionate incarceration rate for black males in the U.S. undermines the core values of American democracy and equality before the law. In 2008, black people composed 13% of the US population but 40% of the prison and jail population; black males are estimated to be six times more likely to be incarcerated than white males. No other country in the world has such a racially skewed incarceration rate. Several hypotheses might explain this disturbing phenomenon. This paper finds that the black incarceration rate is attributable to a confluence of social factors that produce poverty and disenfranchisement among black males, decreasing the number of available legitimate opportunities and driving black males towards crime. These forces include the intergenerational effects of incarceration, a failing education system, and the enduring legacy of slavery and Jim Crow-era racial discrimination.

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