5 Top Research Opportunities for High School Students in India

The top research programs available for high school students, selected based on prestige, location, and affordability

Institution
Location
Tuition
Event type

Polygence

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Hosting Institution

Polygence

Online/In Person

Online

Location

Online

Cost

Starting at $2695

Application Deadline

Dec 15, 2023

Categories

Neuroscience, Biology, Psychol...

Summary

Polygence is an online research program designed to offer high school students accessible research opportunities, making them more inclusive. The program was created by researchers from Harvard, MIT, and Stanford and provides tailored research projects, allowing students to explore their interests, acquire professional skills, and increase their competitiveness for college admissions.

PROMYS India

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Hosting Institution

Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Bengaluru Karnataka

Cost

Free

Application Deadline

Apr 1, 2024

Categories

Mathematics

Summary

A challenging six-week residential mathematics summer programme, PROMYS India is open to mathematically talented secondary and higher secondary students (Standards IX - XII or equivalent). Meticulously selected students from across India will gather on the campus of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru to immerse themselves in rigorous mathematics.

Summer Outreach Camp IISER Bhopal

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Hosting Institution

IISER Bhopal

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Bhauri (Bhopal)

Cost

Free

Application Deadline

No deadline

Categories

Engineering

Summary

The camp aims to enable the participants to understand the central role of science in society. This camp will introduce participants to fascinating topics in natural and engineering sciences through lectures and hands-on laboratory exercises. This exposure will be supplemented with critical perspectives from Humanities and Social Sciences. Additionally, there will be fun activities through which the participants can interact with the senior students.

RAM TP 2023 Residential Camp

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Hosting Institution

Chennai Mathematical Institute

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Chennai

Cost

Free

Application Deadline

No deadline

Categories

Mathematics

Summary

Raising A Mathematician Foundation (RAM) has been running a highly sought-out, free, 1-week residential math camp for up to 100 kids between the ages of 13 to 15, across India called 'Raising A Mathematician Training Program' (RAM TP). This year, the camp will be conducted at Chennai Mathematical Institute, Chennai. ​ The participants get exposed to a wide spectrum of topics in Mathematics and the sessions are oriented towards building a research mentality in students. You can learn more about the program here.

Hosting Institution

Indian Space Research Organisation

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Bangalore

Cost

Free

Application Deadline

No deadline

Categories

Mathematics

Summary

Indian Space Research Organisation is organising a special programme for School Children called "Young Scientist Programme" "YUva VIgyani KAryakram”, YUVIKA, to impart basic knowledge on Space Technology, Space Science and Space Applications to the younger students in emerging trends in space science and technology amongst the youngsters, who are the future building blocks of our nation. ISRO has chalked out this programme to "Catch them young". The programme is also expected to encourage more students to pursue in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) based research /career

What is a Research Project?

Research projects involve conducting in-depth investigations on a specific subject matter, which presents an excellent opportunity for high school students to explore their interests, enhance their critical thinking and analytical abilities, as well as showcase their dedication and concentration, which can positively impact their chances of being accepted into college.

Why Do Research as a High School Student in India?

Over the years, many college admissions experts have seen that conducting research can drive strong results. Data from Harvard suggests that students that have demonstrated a history of “substantial scholarship or academic creativity”, including conducting independent research, have a much greater chance of gaining admission. In fact, 95% of students who completed our program were admitted to R1 universities. More importantly, Research allow students to pursue their passions, which helps develop self-esteem and leads to a variety of positive mental health outcomes

Are there many Research Opportunities for High School Students in India?

there are many research opportunities for high school students in India. The country's rich scientific heritage and thriving academic institutions offer numerous avenues for students to engage in research and scientific exploration.

Several universities and research institutions in India have programs specifically designed for high school students. These programs provide opportunities for students to work alongside researchers and faculty members, gaining hands-on experience in various fields such as biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer science.

In addition to university programs, there are national and regional science competitions and fairs that encourage high school students to showcase their research projects. These competitions, such as the Indian Science and Engineering Fair (INSEF) and the National Children's Science Congress (NCSC), provide platforms for students to present their work and compete for recognition and scholarships.

What research opportunities are available in other countries?

For a full set of research opportunity listings, see our guide to research opportunities for high school students.

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