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  • 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.

  • How Does It Work?

    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.

  • How We Support Student Research

    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

  • Student Benefits

    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.
  • Course Offerings

    Horizon Seminar

    • 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)

    Horizon Labs

    • Taught by PhD researchers who are emerging experts in their fields
    • Offered by specialized topics
    • All classes are taught on a 1 on 1 basis
  • Alumni Reviews

     

    Horizon Seminar

    Behavioral Economics Horizon Seminar Course Icon:How does our psychology influence the decisions we make ​every day and, ultimately, economic outcomes? We explore the rules-of-thumb that our brains constantly employ to makes choices, and how they can backfire, leading to biases in our decisions. You will be a participant in live experiments and learn how social scientists use them to study behavior. Professor Gallo has previously taught at Harvard and Oxford, and he currently teaches behavioral economics at Cambridge.
    Headshot of Horizon Academic Research Program Alumnus Danielle.

    "I got into the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program at UMICH, largely because of the work I did with Horizon."

    Danielle

    John L. Miller Great Neck North High School

    Headshot of Horizon Academic Research Program Alumnus Gunay.

    "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."

    Gunay

    Robert College

    Headshot of Horizon Academic Research Program's behavioral economics instructor Edoardo Gallo.

    Meet Danielle's & Gunay's Mentor:

    Edoardo Gallo

    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.

    Environmental Engineering Horizon Seminar Course Icon: How do ecosystems collapse? How can we engineer solutions to environmental catastrophe? Dr. Truncer’s course explores how human society can react to environmental systems collapse. Students may examine and research a variety of sustainability issues with regard to agricultural production, urbanization, infrastructure, resource use, and modern day engineering innovations. Dr. Truncer has previously taught this course at Harvard University and Stanford University.
    Headshot of Horizon Academic Research Program Alumnus Darynne.

    "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."

    Darynne

    Branksome Hall

    Headshot of Horizon Academic Research Program's behavioral economics instructor James Truncer.

    Meet Darynne's Mentor:

    James Truncer

    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.

    International Relations Horizon Seminar Course Icon: What are the causes of war and peace? How does the international system affect the behavior of states, and how does this affect people on the ground? We explore the theories, patterns, and frameworks of international relations. We critically examine controversies surrounding current phenomena such as world governance, state failure, international injustice, and great power competition. Professor Rezvani had previously taught this course at Dartmouth, Harvard, and Oxford.

    "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."

    Ally Huang

    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

    Headshot of Horizon Academic Research Program's behavioral economics instructor Edoardo Gallo.

    Meet Ally's & Tamia's Mentor:

    David Rezvani

    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.

    Horizon Labs

    Neuroscience Horizon Labs Course Icon: Horizon Academic offers a wide range of 57 sub-topics in neuroscience, ranging from social neuroscience, neurobiology, and more than a dozen topics about neurodegeneration disorders. Originally created in collaboration with two of our instructors working at the Department of Physiology Anatomy & Genetics at Oxford, our neuroscience offerings have continued to grow in recognition of our students' diverse interests in this exciting field.
    Headshot of Horizon Academic Research Program Alumnus Prarthna.

    "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."

    Prarthna

    Dhirubhai Ambani International School

    Headshot of Horizon Academic Research Program's behavioral economics instructor Aliza.

    Meet Prarthna's Mentor:

    Elisa

    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.

    Applications of Machine Learning Horizon Labs Course Icon: Machine learning and predictive analytics can be used in a stunning number of ways. From predicting the price of a stock you buy, to estimating the chances that your flight will be delayed, to estimating how well your favorite sports team might do next game, to even guessing the outcomes of a Supreme Court case, machine learning can help us predict the world around us. This course examines interesting and unlikely applications of machine learning that advance social goals, improve economic efficiency, or better understand the world around us.
    Headshot of Horizon Academic Research Program Alumnus Karthik.

    "It’s an opportunity to showcase my work to the entire world. Horizon has invested a lot into helping me through the process."

    Karthik

    James Logan High School

    Headshot of Horizon Academic Research Program's behavioral economics instructor Parsa.

    Meet Karthik’s Mentor:

    Parsa A.

    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.

    Neuroscience Horizon Labs Course Icon: Horizon Academic offers a wide range of 57 sub-topics in neuroscience, ranging from social neuroscience, neurobiology, and more than a dozen topics about neurodegeneration disorders. Originally created in collaboration with two of our instructors working at the Department of Physiology Anatomy & Genetics at Oxford, our neuroscience offerings have continued to grow in recognition of our students' diverse interests in this exciting field.
    Headshot of Horizon Academic Research Program Alumnus Harshitha.

    "It was a great learning experience, and I will carry what I learned throughout college and in my future career."

    Harshitha

    Canton High School

    Headshot of Horizon Academic Research Program's behavioral economics instructor Patrick Liu.

    Meet Harshitha’s Mentor:

    Patrick Liu

    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.

    Psychology Horizon Labs Course Icon: Horizon Academic is thrilled to offer a full range of 72 subtopics in psychology, spanning key questions in clinical, social, developmental, and cognitive psychology. Our psychology program started out with a narrower focus on data science and pathology, but our psychology offerings have continued to grow as more instructors of diverse psychology backgrounds have joined our team. We invite you to have a closer look at the many diverse psychology sub-topics we offer.

    "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."

    Jedidiah

    Saint Mark's School of Texas​

    Headshot of Horizon Academic Research Program's behavioral economics instructor Sori.

    Meet Jedidiah's Mentor:

    Sori

    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.

  • Examples of Our Students' Work

    Horizon Academic alumni may submit their final manuscript to be included in our pre-print server, enabling them to quickly share their work with others.

    Students interested in pursuing publication opportunities may apply to external journals, or they may apply to have their papers published in the Horizon Academic Research Journal.

  • Our Purely Online Program, By the Numbers

    Since 2016

    We have had the privilege of working with some of the best high school students in the world on academic research projects since 2016.

    743 Students

    We have worked with 743 students to complete independent research projects though our program.

    More than 350 Research Specializations

    Our program offers more than 350 research specializations, tailored to the interests of our students and at the forefront of the latest research developments

    26 Hours

    Of class time with professors and our instructional staff.

    A 20-25 Page Paper

    Is the final product that students complete.

    83 Instructors

    With whom we collaborate, drawn from every Ivy League university, as well as Oxford, Cambridge, UCLA, Stanford, Georgia Tech, and MIT.

    65%

    65% of our students in Summer 2020 hailed from the United States.

    34 Countries

    Our international students and faculty hail from 34 countries.

    17 Subjects

    We offer 17 subjects and more than 350 subtopics for student research.

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