Ardent Academy Summer Research Institute was founded in the summer of 2011 with 14 students. Nine students received awards at district and county level. Five students advanced to 2012 California State Science Fair.
In this two-week research program, students conducted a mixture of scientific studies in computer science, biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.
- Dennis Shim (10th Grade): Micro-satellite Distribution Analysis in Various Bacterial Genomes Using Mathematica. (1st Place in microbiology, 2012 Orange County Science & Engineering Fair)
- Francis Yang (10th Grade): A comparison of exact-match pattern searching algorithms in DNA sequences. (1st place in microbiology with project titled Investigation of the Antibacterial Activity of Artemisia californica, 2012 Orange County Science & Engineering Fair)
- Kevin Zhang (10th Grade): RAF Sets and the Origin of Life. (2nd Place in mathematics and software, 2012 Los Angeles County Science Fair)
- Deborah Ma (11th Grade): Age distribution of cancer: the incidence turnover at old age in under-developed countries. (2nd place in mathematics and software with project titled The Effect on Software Stability by Targeted and Random Function Removal, 2012 Orange County Science & Engineering Fair)
- Larry Zhang (10th Grade): HMM Model Usage to Determine Gene-Specific CpG Ratios and Location of Genes. (3rd place in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2012 Los Angeles County Science Fair)
- Andrew Ninh (11th Grade): Use Approximate Palindromes as DNA Fingerprints. (Semi-Finalist, 2012 Orange County ISEF Competition)
- Ninh, A. and Battig, L. (2012) Discovering the distribution of palindromic sequences in the SMAD4 gene using large and medium deletions and the resulting RNA structure predictions. Journal of Experimental Secondary Science.
- Even Yu (8th Grade): Comparing the heights of different laser pointers after passing different substances. (1st place in Physics, 2012 Irvine Unified School District Science Fair)
- Amy D. (8th Grade): An analysis of palindromic patterns in DNA sequences. (Outstanding Project in Physical Science, 2012 Irvine Unified School District Science Fair)
- Jonathan Hayase (7th Grade): Visualizing genome sequences using self-organizing maps. (Participated in the 2012 Orange County Science Fair)