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LUMIERE EDUCATION WELCOMES YOU

 
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OUR MISSION

Lumiere's mission is to train the next generation of scholars and leaders.

As a Lumiere research scholar, you work with a top researcher from the world’s

most prestigious universities. In our individualized courses, you learn about the cutting edge in your field; then, you build a research paper that can be used

for future college and grad school admissions.

As a community with high scholarly standards, Lumiere is committed to

academic integrity and independence.

 

BECOME A LUMIERE RESEARCH SCHOLAR

As a Lumiere research scholar, you will work 1-1 with a top researcher from the world’s most prestigious universities. The PhD researcher will give you individualized instruction; then, they will help you create a research paper which can be used for future college and grad school admissions.Through roughly 10 hours of mentorship, Lumiere scholars receive individualized feedback, develop highly specialized knowledge, build excellent writing skills, and gain access to publication opportunities.


Moreover, our classes are online and designed based on each student’s needs, making it flexible and effective for students to dive into their passions. With a mission to be an academic community with high scholarly standards, Lumiere is committed to academic integrity and independence.

 
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WHAT ROLE DOES RESEARCH PLAY IN ADMISSIONS?

 

SHOWCASE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

Demonstrating advanced work in a
field that you’re interested in is the
most effective way to distinguish
yourself in an increasingly
competitive admissions process.
Creating novel research is the
highest form of academic ability
(it’s what tenured professors do!);
by doing research, you showcase
your ability to think critically, work
independently, and apply creative
problem-solving.

CONNECT WITH FUTURE
ADVOCATES

Joining our community means
joining a network of scholars from
the world’s top institutions.
The program allows you to build a
personal relationship with a
respected PhD researcher who can
help provide mentorship and
guidance in the application
process, and even give testimonies
to your work ethic and academic
abilities.

DEVELOP AN
INDEPENDENT PROJECT

In the Research Scholar Program,
you build an independent research
project – from defining the
research question, to designing
the scientific methodology, to
implementing the project.
This allows you to go beyond the
“research assistant” role many
high school and college students
play, where they are only
executing on another person’s
research question.

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LUMIERE RESEARCH SCHOLAR CURRICULUM

Timeline for basic research program

 

WEEK 1

Meet with your mentor and align on
a topic

WEEK  2 - 5

Explore the topic and identify the research question

WEEK  6-9

Write research paper and iterate with research mentor

WEEK 10

Present research at Lumiere Symposium

There are multiple cohorts per year. To learn about the upcoming cohort deadline, go to the application or fill out the contact form.

SELECT  MENTOR PROFILES

Lumiere has over 100 talented mentors from the world's most prestigious universities.

CAITLIN NICHOLS

Research Mentor

Harvard University, PhD Biological and Biomedical Sciences ‘19 
Brigham Young University, BA in Molecular Biology, Summa Cum Laude
Research areas: Biological and Biomedical sciences

STEPHEN TURBAN

Research Mentor

Harvard College AB Statistics ‘17,
Harvard Business School PhD,
Organizational Behavior & Data
Science ‘25
Research areas: Entrepreneurship,
Management, Data Science

DHRUVA BHAT

Research Mentor

Harvard College AB Economics ‘17
Oxford University (Rhodes Scholars)
DPhil
Research areas: International
Development, Economics, Social
Enterprises

ORELIA JONATHAN

Research Mentor

Harvard Graduate School of Education, PhD Culture, Institutions, & Society 
University of Pennsylvania, MsC Education 
Wesleyan University, BA History 
Research areas: Culture, Institutions, & Society

 

SERVICES

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FOUNDATIONS OF RESEARCH PROGRAM

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INDIVIDUAL
RESEARCH CLASS

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ADVANCED RESEARCH PUBLICATION PROGRAM

▸10-week research program 
▸9 lessons with a variety of world-class researchers
▸A 5-page research proposal
▸6 Group lessons
▸3 one-on-one lessons with a top PhD mentor in your chosen field

▸10-week research program 

▸ 9 lessons 1-1 with a world-class
researcher
▸ Bi-weekly office hours with Lumiere
staff (PhD students, graduates of top
universities)
▸ Bi-weekly office hours and coaching
with professional writing coaches
▸ A 15-page research paper
▸ Individual class: 9 lessons

▸ 14 - 16 week program

▸16 dedicated strategy sessions with Lumiere staff, support from writing coach, and content experts.
▸Publish research in a prestigious high
school or college-level journal
▸Extensive guidance and support to ensure the publication of research.
▸1-1 sessions with publication specialist, content experts, and writing coach to improve the research paper.

▸ For students in 11th grade, 12th grade, or undergraduate students who have written a high-level research paper. 

 

AVAILABLE RESEARCH TOPICS

Our courses explore different themes including, but not limited to:

BIOLOGY

Biotechnology
The Human Body & Diseases

PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology of Organizations

PHYSICS

Astrophysics

ECONOMICS

Behavioral Economics
Economics Policy Analysis

DATA SCIENCE

Deep Learning

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Machine Learning
Software Development Systems

GENDER STUDIES

Gender & Education in Global & Comparative Perspectives 

Reproductive Politics 

ENGINEERING

Civil & Environmental Engineering
Chemical & Biology Engineering

CHEMISTRY

Organic & Inorganic Chemistry
Chemical Kinetics & Dynamics

BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Technology Adoptions in Firms

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

International Policy 
International Security

ENVIRONMENT & THE WORLD

Understanding Global Warming
Environmental History of Earth

Students will also be able to customize their own research topic, if not currently available in the above offerings.

 

WHAT MAKES YOU A STRONG CANDIDATE?

▸Academic excellence
▸Curiosity about the world and a desire to answer big questions
▸Ability to work independently and diligently
▸(For non-native speakers) Strong English language ability
▸Not-required: experience in the field of your interest

 

STUDENT APPLICATION FORM

 

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