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, seek outside recognition of the quality of their work, and demonstrate their exceptional talent to universities.
Instruction on foundational knowledge on the research subject
Assist in refining a research question
Advise on the stages & conduct of research
Familiarize students with common methodologies
Support in the writing process via the Virtual Writing Center
Insights on how to gain recognition for high quality papers
Mentorship in time management
Identifying useful articles and datasets
Scholarship with Purpose
A space to signal and discover an academic passion.
Horizon Academic prioritizes academic freedom. Hence, our students are free to choose any research topic they would like that's relevant to the course they are taking.
Polished Research Manuscript
A paper that represents the true potential of each student.
Upon completion of the Horizon Academic Research Program, students walk away with a polished research manuscript that may be submitted to science fairs, academic conferences, essay contests, or journals for publication.
Unrivaled University Faculty Attention
A long-term relationship with highly acclaimed university faculty.
Horizon Academic supports its scholars with individualized guidance whereby students have the opportunity to earn a letter of recommendation. Our courses offer a 1:1 or 1:2 faculty to student ratio.
Enhanced Writing Skills
An early start to university life and adapting to its expectations.
Professors hold students to high standards in their academic writing. So students who do college-level writing early on are better prepared for the challenges of college life.
College Admissions Advantages
A challenging experience that can inform university application essays.
Universities admissions value students who demonstrate their investment to their studies outside the traditional school day. Horizon students stand out because it's rare & challenging to complete a 20 page long paper in high school, much less outside the of classroom during free time.
Learning Beyond Borders
A remote resource for conducting research not subject to geographical barriers.
Horizon scholars may participate in the program from anywhere in the world, as long as they have a computer and a reliable internet connection.
Taught by professors and lecturers with decades of teaching experience
Offered for topics with broad appeal
Group classes have an average of 4 students (no more than 6)
"I got into the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program at UMICH, largely because of the work I did with Horizon."
John L. Miller Great Neck North High School
"I loved the whole program, I just loved it. It felt like some part of me was doing something that really matters, like I was contributing to something bigger."
Meet Danielle's & Gunay's Mentor:
Assistant Professor and Director of Studies (Economics) at University of Cambridge
Dr. Gallo is also the Ajit Singh Official Fellow in Economics at Queens' College, Cambridge and a Fellow at the Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance. His research sits at the intersection of the economics of networks, experimental economics, and behavioral economics questioning how the structure of social networks causally affects individual behavior and economic outcomes.
"A big thank you to you for all that you've done for me, from the Horizon program to the publication process after. You have gone over and beyond."
Meet Darynne's Mentor:
Lecturer at Harvard University Extension School, Former Lecturer at Stanford University
Dr. Truncer has taught environmental engineering and environmental systems collapse courses at Harvard & Stanford University. His work has led to an interest in sustainability issues with regard to changing agricultural production, urbanization, resource use, and systems collapse.
"One of the most exciting parts of Dr. Rezvani's class is that he never directly tells us how to think about a problem because it may hinder our intellectual development; he will seek our opinions and encourage everyone to participate in the discussion."
Western Academy of Beijing
"To be able to have an academic paper signed with one's own name, for high school students is a very breakthrough thing!"
Xing (Tamia) Wentong
Liaoning Province Experimental High School
Meet Ally's & Tamia's Mentor:
Research Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College
David Rezvani has previously taught at Harvard University, MIT, Oxford University, and Boston University. His research interests include political integration, Asian politics, and US foreign policy. Rezvani's work has appeared in the Political Science Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Ethnopolitics, and the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences.
"I'm attending UCLA for neuroscience and actually decided that I love this major and want to pursue it as my career after completing the Horizon research program."
Dhirubhai Ambani International School
Meet Prarthna's Mentor:
PhD Researcher at the University of Chicago
Elisa researches in a clinical addiction and a fMRI memory laboratory, where she hopes to uncover more about the similarities and differences between various types of addictions and how individuals experience substance use and dependence. Her interest lies in the neural basis of motivated behaviors leading to substance abuse, reuse, and maintenance of addiction.
"It’s an opportunity to showcase my work to the entire world. Horizon has invested a lot into helping me through the process."
James Logan High School
Meet Karthik’s Mentor:
Research Associate at the University of Cambridge
Parsa's work focuses on Statistical Genetics. He has both academic and commercial experience in the application of statistical analysis to generate commercial and scientific value. Parsa also co-founded an online technology platform allowing the open source online generation of content by users.
"It was a great learning experience, and I will carry what I learned throughout college and in my future career."
Canton High School
Meet Harshitha’s Mentor:
PhD Researcher at the University of Oxford
Patrick studies Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at the University of Oxford. His research takes a neurobiology approach to understanding the molecular processes underlying sleep homeostasis and how neural circuits are able to temporally integrate information to effect meaningful behavioral output.
"This was a very interesting experience and it gave me a good idea of the kind of research I will have to do in the future."
Saint Mark's School of Texas
Meet Jedidiah's Mentor:
PhD Researcher at Princeton University
Sori jointly studies Psychology & Neuroscience. She is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist, which means that she is mainly interested in how babies and kids use their brains to perceive things in the world, make and process predictions, learn new things, and remember past events.