The iResearch Institute 2021 application process opens on Nov. 25, 2020

Application Process

About and Financial Aid
Application Details
Refund Policy

iResearch Institute High School Summer Program is geared for motivated students who want to use their summer recess to increase understandings of the scientific research process. These students will learn detailed research methodologies and conduct novel data analyses related to experimentation. The iResearch Institute will train students in science research methods through clarifying science with inquiry. Experimentation will be conducted to prepare students for science research related competitions, as applicable.

iResearch Institute Summer Research Program will be held at virtually from June 28 - July 30, 2021.
The High School summer research program will be run from daily, Monday-Friday, 12 PM - 8 PM EST.

iResearch Institute offers generous financial aid and is funded by iResearch Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Please contact us for waiver of application fee, if applying for financial aid. Limited numbers of full and/or partial scholarships are available. Please submit a financial aid letter with student application.

Financial Aid Application

Students who are interested in our high school summer research institute, intensive science research methods and laboratory investigations must complete the full application process. Student eligibility for the iResearch Institute programs must satisfy all requirements for the intensive summer research application.

We highly recommend that all high school students who wish to apply to our 4-week (+1 week - coding training, as needed) summer virtual program have a general understanding of their field of interest, minimally (i.e. microbiology, environmental sciences, optics, cell and molecular biology, etc.). Students increase their chances of being assigned to complex experimentation in our summer research program, as applicable to formal educational training.

You must complete the application by applying online via our plug in system.

iResearch Institute Summer High School Research Program application process opens November 25, 2020, for the virtual program.
Program tuition is $3995.

To be considered in our initial high school summer program application review, submit your application after November 25, 2020. For early admission, submit your application by Feb. 19, 2021.

The application process is rolling but applications must be received by end of business April 12, 2021 to be considered for admission. Refer to "Letter of iResearch Institute Acceptance," in admission section for details on program acceptance. Admission selection is rolling until program capacity is reached.

After Rolling deadline, any remaining applications received by the close of business will be reviewed for program acceptance to complete the summer high school program fulfillment of classes. The selection process will continue until all application reviews close in late spring.

All selected applicants will be notified by June 5th.

Please complete the iRI 2021 application
HERE, which contains the following information:
Completed iResearch Institute application with parent/guardian and student signatures
2. Most recent official transcript (include official school seal (unofficial accepted for summer 2021) and PSAT, SAT I/II test scores, as applicable) and extracurricular activities list
3. Student essays (see below)
4. Student and Parent Agreement with signatures
Release Form with parent and student signatures
Recommendation should be submitted separately, please review below (no recommendations are required for summer 2021)
7. Application fee or application fee waiver (email prior to completing Part I of the iResearch Institute application, stating financial aid need for application fee waiver)

Essay Questions
Essays for Part II of the iRI application are found below (complete essays prior to beginning Part II of the online application, applications are NOT saved).
1. Explain how participation in the iResearch Institute Summer Research Program will enhance your long term goal for a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (250 words max).
2. Explain the greatest obstacle you have faced in life, thus far and how you overcame the difficulty (250 words max).
3. Write a brief note to a future team mate. The note should reveals something about you that will help your teammate and the iResearch Institute team know you better (250 words max).
4. Please, provide information regarding your extracurricular activities, as applicable (500 words max).
5. In which scientific discipline are you most eager to conduct research? Please be specific about ONE discipline (i.e. genetics, cell & molecular biology, mechanics, environmental filtration systems/design, etc.). Briefly explain why (25 words max.), we will allow for modification after acceptance.

Students may add themselves to a wait list after being notified as a student of interest by emailing The guidelines for the iResearch Institute wait list are listed below.

Please note well:
The wait list is not first-come, first-served. Selection from the wait list is determined using the same criteria as regular registration admissions. Placement on the wait list can vary from student to student, week to week.

After May 2021, applications received by the close of business will be reviewed for program acceptance to complete the summer program fulfillment of classes. The selection process will continue until all application reviews close in late spring. All selected applicants will be notified by June 5th.

Wait listing for the iResearch Institute summer research program is a commitment. The wait list process is designed to fill every open seat in the research methods courses and laboratory experiences. If a student is at the top of the wait list and space opens up, the student will be notified via email. After being selected to be removed from the wait list and to join the program the student will have 7 days to notify us of future participation. If at any point, you decide that you no longer wish to be considered for a wait listed enrollment position, please be sure to email immediately.

Students on a wait list will receive an email communication about their status no later than June 15th, where they are either assigned to the program or denied admission for this calendar year.

On June 15th students will be removed from the wait list unless they ask to keep their wait list status active via email.

Although we would like to accommodate all students who apply, due to space limitations this is not possible. When completing the application, we encourage you to list as many curricular and extracurricular activities, test scores (PSAT, Olympiad scores, etc.), academic records, etc. as possible to increase acceptance rates. This will give you the best possible chance of participating in our program this summer.

Space is limited, we often have more requests than we can accommodate.

Students will be notified by email if accepted to the iResearch Institute summer research program. Admission is rolling and students will begin to receive acceptance shortly after applications are received. Applications will not be accepted after June 1st. Please be mindful to check email spam folders. The applicant will receive an email regarding acceptance into the iResearch Institute and have 5 days after being notified about acceptance to agree to participation. Full iResearch Institute summer program payments should be RECEIVED no later than June 3, 2021.

To withdraw your child from the program for any reason, you must notify iResearch Institute in writing. Refunds take approximately 4-6 weeks to process from the time that the withdrawal notification is received by the iResearch Institute. Refunds are issued in the same method of payment (check or charge) used for the initial payment to iResearch Institute. Refunds are sent to the students address of record. Please refer to the chart below for more information regarding iResearch Institute refund policies.

‍*Tuition fees paid are fully refundable only in the following circumstances: if a student withdraws for a medical reason and provides us with appropriate documentation from a physician or the student did not receive sufficient financial aid.
**If a student withdraws due to a medical reason and appropriate documentation from a physician is provided, a refund will be given on a prorated basis.