Horizon Academic (HARP) is a trimester-long online research program for extraordinary high school students interested in doing undergraduate-level research in an academic subject. Students will develop a college-level research project under the individualized guidance of a professor or doctoral researcher from a globally renowned university. Have a look at our courses, or find out more about how it works!
Horizon scholars choose their own field of inquiry and work with their instructor to develop a unique research proposal. After a trimester of reading, writing, and exploring, Horizon scholars finish their final projects, most often a 5,000 word research paper. By showcasing a student's very best work, Horizon gives students the opportunity to earn letters of recommendation, seek outside recognition of the quality of their work, and demonstrate their exceptional talent to universities.
What They're Saying About Us
Reflections from Our Alumni
"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
"This project was the highlight of my year."
Malika, the American International School
"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
"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 HS
"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
"It was a great learning experience, and I will carry what I learned throughout college and in my future career."
Harshitha, Canton High School (Massachusetts)
"Horizon was instrumental to for me in writing this paper and getting published in a journal."
Furui, Northeast Yucai School
"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."
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?"
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