Training tomorrow's scientists today! The Science Research Institute is designed for the student who wishes to pursue excellence in original research. Research projects are mentored by Ardent Academy faculty as well as experts in local universities and organizations.

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The Science Research Program helps students develop skills in bibliographic research, research methodology, mathematical and computational tools, and effective communication of research results. Students participate in group classes, web-based collaboration, individual meetings, and receive research assistance while conducting research at Ardent Academy or with a student-selected mentor at a university, medical center or research institute. Students usually complete their first project at Ardent Academy before their participation at university labs. Because of the individual attention provided, program registration is limited to motivated students with following qualities:

  • A strong interest in pursuing scientific research and learning to be a research scientist.
  • A willingness to be a self-starter and a highly motivated independent researcher.
  • A genuine desire to invest a great deal of time in exploring an area of interest.

For students in grades 6 - 8, we also offer four experimental science classes in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Electronics. At the completion of each class, students would able to have a science fair experiment.

List of Projects

Success Stories

2014 - 2015

  • Jennifer McLeary* - 2015 Intel ISEF Finalist
  • Nilay Mehta* - 2015 Intel ISEF Finalist
  • Jennifer McLeary* - 2015 Intel Science Talent Search Finalist
  • Aileen Wang** - 2015 Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalist
  • Aileen Wang** - 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology Semifinalist
  • Jennifer McLeary* - 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology Finalist

* Participants of 2014 Ardent Academy Summer Research Institute.

** Participants of 2013 Ardent Academy Summer Research Institute.

2013 - 2014

  • Kevin Lee - 2014 Intel Science Talent Search Second Place $75,000 Scholarship Winner
  • Vinson Luo** - 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology Semifinalist
  • Daniel Shaw* - 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology Semifinalist
  • Michelle Xu* - 2014 California State Science Fair, Second Place in Mathematics and Software
  • Michelle Xu* - 2014 Orange County Science Fair, Junior Sweepstakes Winner
  • Michelle Xu* - 2014 Orange County Science Fair, First Place in Mathematics and Software
  • Jefferey Xing* - 2014 California State Science Fair, Honorable Mention in Electronics & Electromagnetic
  • Jefferey Xing* - 2014 Orange County Science Fair, First Place in Physics and Astronomy
  • David Zhang* - 2014 Orange County Science Fair, First Place in Electricity and Electronics
  • Jennifer Choi* - 2014 Orange County Science Fair, Second Place in Physics and Astronomy
  • Justin Jeon* - 2014 California State Science Fair, Honorable Mention in Electronics & Electromagnetic
  • Justin Jeon* - 2014 Orange County Science Fair, Third Place in Physics and Astronomy
  • Jongho Park* - 2014 Orange County Science Fair, Second Place in Mathematics and Software
  • Aileen Wang* - 2014 California State Science Fair, Third Place in Mammalian Biology
  • Aileen Wang* - 2014 Orange County Science Fair, Second Place in Mathematics and Software

* Participants of 2013 Ardent Academy Summer Research Institute.

2012 - 2013

  • Kevin Lee - 2013 Intel Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Finalist - Top 2 in Orange County
  • Kevin Lee - 2013 Junior Science and Humanities Symposium - First Place in Southern California.
  • Kevin Lee - 2013 Orange County Science Fair, Sweepstakes Winner
  • Benjamin Chen* - 2013 Los Angeles County Science Fair, First Place in Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Vinson Luo* - 2013 Orange County Science Fair, First Place in Physics and Astronomy
  • Andrew Ninh - 2013 Orange County Science Fair, First Place in Microbiology and Cell Biology
  • Jennifer Yao* - 2013 Orange County Science Fair, First Place in Physiology
  • Dennis Shim* - 2013 Orange County Science Fair, Second Place in Mathematics and Software
  • William Rosenthal* - 2013 Orange County Science Fair, Second Place in Zoology
  • BJ Kim* - 2013 Orange County Science Fair, Third Place in Electricity and Electronics
  • Denny Min - 2013 Los Angeles County Science Fair, Honorable Mention in Physics
  • Tony Zeng* - 2013 Orange County Science Fair Special Award by National Water Research Institute

* Participants of 2012 Ardent Academy Summer Research Institute.

2011 - 2012

  • Leon Yao - 2012 Intel Science Talent Search (STS) Finalist - Top 40 in the nation.
  • Kevin Lee - 2012 Intel Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Finalist - Top 2 in Orange County
  • Kevin Lee - 2012 California State Science Fair, First Place in Mammal Biology
  • Kevin Lee - 2012 Orange County Science Fair Sweepstakes Winner
  • Dennis Shim* - 2012 Orange County Science Fair, First Place in Microbiology and Cell Biology
  • Francis Yang* - 2012 Orange County Science Fair, First Place in Microbiology and Cell Biology
  • Deborah Ma* - 2012 Orange County Science Fair, Second Place in Mathematics and Software
  • Andrew Ninh* - 2012 Orange County ISEF Semifinalist
  • Richard Cho - 2012 Los Angeles County Science Fair, First Place in Mathematics and Software
    • Cho, R. (2012) Quadratic Residues and Their Applications. Presentation at MathFest 2012, the Annual Conference of the Mathematics Association of America, Madison, WI.
    • Cho, R. (2012) Quadratic Residues and Their Applications. Presentation at 10th Algorithmic Number Theory Symposium, San Diego, CA.
  • Kevin Zhang* - 2012 Los Angeles County Science Fair, Second Place in Mathematics and Software
  • Larry Zhang* - 2012 Los Angeles County Science Fair, Third Place in Microbiology

* Participants of 2011 Ardent Academy Summer Research Institute.

2010 - 2011

  • Jonathan Li - 2011 Intel Science Talent Search (STS) Finalist - Top 40 in the nation.
  • Jonathan Li - 2011 Intel Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Finalist
  • Jonathan Li - 2011 California State Science Fair Student of the Year
  • Christian Liu* - 2011 Orange County Science Fair, First Place in Mathematics and Software

* Participant of 2010 Ardent Academy Summer Research Institute.

2009 - 2010

  • Jonathan Li - 2010 Davidson Fellow
  • Jonathan Li - 2010 Intel Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Finalist
  • Jonathan Li - 2010 Orange County Science and Engineering Fair Sweepstakes Winner

Science Research Classes

Our training consists of 4 levels. R110 is designed primarily for middle school students to explore a scientific topic. R210 is designed for students to conduct local science fair research with Ardent Academy, and we provide research mentoring. R220 and R230 is designed for students to conduct research at a university or science lab, and Ardent Academy provides mentoring in preparing submissions to science competitions.

  • R110 - Science and Engineering Workshops: designed for students in grades 5 - 8, each workshop offers 15 hours of instructional time working on a specific scientific subject in mathematics, computer science, physics, renewable energy, robotics, biology, bioinformatics, and other related fields.
  • R210 - Introductory Science Research: designed for students in grades 8 - 10. The student chooses a topic of interest in a category of California State Science Fair. During the program, the student will learn how to conduct a review of literature; refine a research project and hypothesis, learn data analysis methods and software tools, conduct the research, develop a presentation board, and participate in a local Science and Engineering Fair. The student will also learn how to communicate with scientists regarding their work and their project and choose a research lab, mentor, or summer program to conduct the summer research. Student/teacher conferences are held regularly with each student to evaluate progress and to direct future work. By the end of the program, the student will be expected to make an arrangement to work with a mentor scientist of his/her choice.
  • R220 - Intermediate Science Research: designed for students in grades 9 - 10. Students will continue to work in their mentor's lab. They will also learn how to set up a detailed scientific experiment and meet the expectations of working in the research setting. The students will share their work with other students in the class bi-weekly and learn how to write articles, working papers, and abstracts about their research. Student/teacher conferences are held regularly with each student to evaluate progress and to direct future work. We will help students enter their research projects into at least three different science competitions. The minimum expectation in order to be selected is to compete in the California State Science and Engineering Fair.
  • R230 - Advanced Science Research: designed for students in grades 11 - 12. Students complete research and compete in national science competitions, write papers to be published in scientific journals with the approval of their mentor, present their research at professional conferences, and submit their research paper as a part of their college applications. The minimum expectation required is to enter the research project into the Intel Science Talent Search and Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.