Resume-Building Matters, but Skills Matter More
We believe that doing college-level research helps high school to become better writers, thinkers, and people. Students become better analytical writers by writing a 5,000 word essay, and they learn time management skills and how to complete long-term projects. They also gain perspective on their choice of major in university and insight into possible careers in research and academia, by being able to study subjects that interest them but are absent from the high school curriculum. They also become better critical thinkers, gaining the ability to synthesize information, gather and interpret data, grapple with ambiguity, and cut through dense academic jargon to arrive at an informed opinion about scholarly literature. They also become better communicators, learning work effectively alongside university faculty, as well as to clearly explain their findings to a wider audience.