Gifted students: You have just received the keys to our newest laboratories. Over the next three years, you will take part in discoveries en route to solving the challenges that face humanity.
What is the universe made of? What causes adolescence to begin when it does? And what is the deal with primary numbers? There are questions that even the greatest minds cannot answer – but maybe you can! In the “Alpha” program for gifted students, you will be the ones choosing the topic you find the most interesting and researching it. Towards this, you will be granted access to the Weizmann Institute’s advanced laboratories, where you will spend time with the other program members and its mentors, leading lecturers and researchers. And so you won’t forget there is also life beyond the lab, the program also includes fun activities during the summer camp at the Laub Youth Village on campus and in other places around the country. So what is your topic of choice?
More about the program
The program spans three years:
9th grade: Exposure to the world of scientific research including lectures by scientists, expert panels, visits to research laboratories, and taking part in advanced experiments at the Weizmann Institute of Science labs. In addition, during a two-week summer camp, you will begin your personal research under the mentoring of research students on one of the contemporary research topics currently studied at the Weizmann Institute. At the end of the year, you will be asked to choose a topic and field for your personal research project.
10th grade: The first year of research includes working on the personal research project with your mentor, along with scientific lectures, panels of experts, symposia, and social activities. A two-week summer camp at our youth village takes place at the end of the year, during which you will perform three mini-research projects in physics, chemistry, and biology, on a different topic than the one you chose for your personal project. The purpose is to emphasize development of team research skills and writing a report as a group.
11th grade: During the second and final research year in the program, you will finalize the written paper on your project and present the project in a scientific convention held at the Davidson Institute on the Weizmann Institute campus, with the participation of scientists and educators. The research project will grant program participants five matriculation units.