The Science Research Mentor

I’ve previously given an overview of how the Science Research course is organized, but I want to go into more detail about the role of the mentor. It’s a big commitment for a professional researcher to mentor high school student. This usually means that the supervising scientist is agreeing to help the student by answering questions and making sure that they are on the right track. But most of all, it is asking a lot for a mentor to open up their lab to the student so that they conduct their own research. As a result, there can be disappointing moments a long the road to finding a mentor, as many scientists will reject you. There are templates if students have a tough time wording the e-mails at first, and the instructors always review important e-mails before they’re sent. I was fortunate and found mentor early on in my sophomore year, but many students aren’t as lucky. I discuss how there is one bright side to this in my book, and it is that the students that achieve their long term goals are the ones that bounce back from failure. It has been repeatedly proven that these effects are as impactful as they sound. Even though those skills are nearly impossible to teach, they can be taught through many of the experiences that naturally occur in Science Research.

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Why I’m Blogging

How could a high school student spread a message that education in America needs to be passion promoting?

Writing and publishing my own eBook was always an idea that interested me, but it was never something that I imagined I would be able to find time for in high school. At the end of my sophomore year, I heard about the possibility of publishing a book with a Physics teacher and self-published author. Having his experience to guide me made me confident that I would be able to successfully complete the project. I was excited to get started and knew what I wanted to write about. It is always easiest to write about a topic that you are passionate about. During my time in high school, I have most enjoyed my science classes and taking on leadership positions. The Science Research course is a three year program that allows students to study any topic that they are interested in and eventually perform with a professional mentor. I decided to combine my interests in Science Research and making change in the school by writing about how the Science Research class could serve as a part of a model for progressive education.

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