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, that represents their very best work. All Horizon scholars receive an assessment from their professor. Students who complete exemplary work are eligible to receive a letter of recommendation from their professor, T.A., or Horizon advisor.
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.
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.
Horizon Scholars Research Paper Excerpts
Esme | Fall 2017
Nansha College Preparatory Academy 11th
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), You are Welcomed
"There are three main reasons why regional members should actively support the creation and operation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Firstly, infrastructure construction is crucial to economic growth in most developing countries; secondly, alleviating Asia’s huge infrastructure gap requires mobilizing a variety of public and private sources of financing, as well as engaging with new sources of long-term development which supranational projects like the AIIB can provide; and thirdly, in the AIIB, developing member countries wield more power than they do in other international organizations such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank."
Cindy | Summer 2017
Harbin No.3 High School 11th
Economic Growth and Democratization: The Case of South Korea
"This paper will test the relationship, if any, between economic development and democratization through the case of South Korea’s transition from authoritarian rule to democracy. South Korea is a recent example of a country that experienced miraculous economic development followed by a period of democratization. There are many intriguing questions that need to be looked at within this case. For instance, what kind of relationship exists between economic development and democratization in South Korea? Which major theories in political economy come closest to the case of South Korea? Is economic development the only factor in the process of democratization, or do other factors matter as well?"
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.