The iResearch Institute 2021 application is now open! Early Action due 2/19, Regular Decision due 4/12

Join us online for the premier international Summer Research Institute for high school and early college students

iResearch Institute 2021 Application Timeline:
Early Action: Due February 19th, 2021 at 11:59PM ET
Regular Decision: Due April 12th, 2021 at 11:59PM ET
Congratulations Emma Wang (iRI 2020 participant) for being named a Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholar! iResearch Institute is constantly amazed by the achievements of our student researchers.
Congratulations to Satvik Dasariraju (iRI 2020 participant) for his publication in Bioengineering! His accomplishments have shown that even in 10th grade, student researchers can discover great things.

Founded and led by Dr. Serena McCalla, the "godmother" of science research, iResearch Institute (iRI) is the original summer program for highly-motivated high school and early college students to conduct original, student-driven, science research projects.

Our proven methodology for success at iRI:

Fundamental research techniques training
Students will be taught key scientific skills by Dr. Serena McCalla, who has mentored more than 1000 students over 12 years to success at the world's most prestigious science competitions (e.g.
STS, ISEF) and whose alumni attend top universities (e.g. Harvard, Stanford, MIT)
Novel, student-driven research projects

iRI will support students to complete a robust research investigation in their scientific field of interest via help formulating project ideas, scientific literature, and using BIG data

Data-driven research project guidance
Students will learn necessary research methods via coursework to present research in both written and verbal settings. Data science and coding skills to tackle large-scale data sets found in modern science research will be employed to address research questions and complete research projects with mentors.
Hands-on mentors

Highly-accomplished mentors at top universities will leverage their exceptional records of success in high school science competitions to help students through the intricacies of a successful science research project from start to finish

If looking for our year long research program, please use the iResearch Academy link.

Our Team

Serena McCalla, Ph.D.

Founder of iResearch Institute, iResearch Academy, and iResearch Foundation
President of the New York State Science & Engineering Fair (NYSSEF)
Sole Educator in National Geographic’s Emmy-Winning Documentary "Science Fair"

Serena McCalla, Ph.D., has been called the nation's "Godmother of science research.” Over the last 13 years, she has single-handedly transformed Jericho's High School science research program to one of the top programs in the nation.

Dr. McCalla's students annually win the nation’s most prestigious competitions such as Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS; over 72 semifinalists and 14 finalists in the last 10 years) and Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF; sending on average 5+ student annually). She will lead, train, and support all students who participate in the iResearch Institute.

Learn more about Dr. McCalla

iRI Mentors

The best students deserve the best mentors. All iRI mentors are students at top universities who competed and won at the nation's top science competitions not too long ago, making them the perfect fit to guide iRI students on their journey to scientific research success. Hand-selected by Dr. McCalla, a few of our highly-motivated and talented mentors are included below:

Kevin Huang

Harvard University '18
  • USAMO Ranked Top 24 Nationally
  • Invited to MOP
  • Siemens Competition Semifinalist
  • ISEF 3rd Place in Physics & Astronomy
  • ISEF 4th Place in Computer Science

Anjali Chadha

MIT '23
  • Regeneron STS Finalist
  • 2x ISEF Finalist
  • Founder of Empowered Inc.
  • Principal Subject of Science Fair, a National Geographic film

Leo Lo

Columbia University '22
  • Regeneron STS Finalist
  • USA Physics Olympiad Gold Medalist (top 50 nationally)
  • ISEF 3rd Place in Physics
  • Co-author of journal article in Applied Physics Letters

Grace Hu

Stanford University '21
  • U.S. Presidential Scholar
  • ISEF 1st Place in Materials Science
  • Regeneron STS Scholar
  • Siemens Competition Semifinalist
View & learn more about our mentors

iRI Program 2021 Details

Coding Preparation Session: June 28 - July 2, 2021
Virtual Format: July 6 - 30, 2021, Monday - Friday, 12- 8 PM EST
Application Deadline:
Apply early - Round 1 applicants accepted until Feb. 19th, 2021.
Round 2 applicants can apply
until April 12, 2021.

Complete entire application - for acceptance.

International students are welcome to apply but the live coursework will be taught based off of the PST to EST time zones.
$3995 - 4 weeks
Boot camp and Research Project programs combined for 2021.

Please contact us if requesting financial aid for the application fee only! A personalized link for a registration fee waiver to complete the iResearch Institute application will be provided.
Financial Aid:
Partial and/or full scholarships are available.

Submit your financial aid package with iRI application.
The iRI program financial aid form is found on the application process page!
Students must complete eighth grade by June 2021.
Early college students are welcome to apply!!

Even though basic programming and data analysis skills will be taught, the program will be rigorous and foundational science skills are required.
Program Hours:
Monday - Friday; additional assignments (i.e. homework) will given and assessed by Dr. McCalla, lab directors, and mentors.
The iResearch Institute Program is completely virtual for the summer of 2021.
Team Members:
Serena McCalla, Ph.D.; undergraduate and graduate research fellows
Undergraduate and graduate students from the best universities in the country - Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, Washington University at St. Louis, etc.
View full program & application details

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