The iResearch Institute is the leader of national and international science research training!

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

iResearch Institute 2024 Application Timeline:
open Dec. 19, 2023!

Early Decisions:
Due February 29, 2024 at 11:59 PM ET
Regular Decision:
Due May 7, 2024 at 11:59 PM ET

iResearch Institute 2024 runs June 24 through July 26, 2024
APPLY for Summer 2024!
Congratulations Miah Margiano for being named a 2023 Regeneron Science Talent Search Finalist!!
Congratulations Shriya BhatMiah Margiano, and Sameer Kini for being named 2023 Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars!
Our team is overjoyed to see what our student researchers achieve time and time again.
Congratulations to Shivani Manikandan (iRI 2021 participant) for her publication in BioChem! We are constantly amazed by the accomplishments of our student researchers.
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 (see Emma's project abstract under 2020 highlights).
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.

We are a community of scientists sharing our passions for science with the next generation of scientists. We are the preeminent science research training group with an unparalleled track record of success.

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 desire to complete a robust research investigation in their scientific field of interest via assistance formulating project ideas, review of scientific literature, and use of 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

We match student science interests with the interests of our 30+ mentors. Highly-accomplished mentors at top universities and previous Regeneron ISEF judges 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 (10 month) research program, please use the iResearch Academy link.

iRI Program 2024 Details

June 24 (closed on July 4th) - July 26, 2024
Monday - Friday, 12- 10 PM EST (Virtual Format): Includes flexibility for research coursework, project planning, direct mentoring by Dr. McCalla, and mentor meetings (we do NOT encourage non-stop computer work for 10+ hours daily).
2024 Programming changes include one-to-one project mentoring with
Dr. McCalla and smaller cohorts.
Application Deadline:
iResearch Institute 2024 application process opens Dec. 19, 2023.

Early Action - applications accepted
until Feb. 29, 2024, decisions by March 14, 2024.

Regular Admission applicants can apply
until May 7, 2024; latest decisions by June 1, 2024. Earlier applicants will observe rolling acceptances.

Complete the entire application - for acceptance. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for acceptance!

International students are welcome to apply but the live coursework will be taught based off of the PST to EST time zones. *All coursework is recorded and available for review.
$6978 (programming change to include direct project mentoring by Dr. McCalla for 2024) --> 5 weeks (June 24 - July 26) + presentation and research paper mentor review between July 29 - Aug. 2, 2024.
Critiques and edits will be emailed to student participants at the close of review!
Full and active student program dates are June 24 - July 26, 2024

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. Application Financial Aid must be completed with submitted application. Incomplete or absent financial aid requests will not be honored after application submission.
Financial Aid:
Partial and/or full scholarships are available.
Submit your financial aid package with the iRI application. Only financial aid applications submitted during the application process will be reviewed. Incomplete or absent financial aid requests will not be honored after application submission!
The iRI program financial aid form is found on the Application Process page.
Students must complete eighth grade by June 2024. No exceptions!
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 virtual for the summer of 2024.
Team Members:
Serena McCalla, Ph.D.; undergraduate, graduate, post-doc and Ph.D., data science, bioinformatics, deep-learning, and computational science research fellows
Undergraduate, graduate, post- doc, and PhD's from the best universities in the country - Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, Washington University at St. Louis, etc.
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