This three-year program of study begins in the sophomore year. In the first year, goals are to developing the skill sets required for independent research, identify an area of study, prepare a research proposal, and find a mentor for a project. As students progress in the course, they will complete a literature review of an area of personal interest. They will be taught how to develop an authentic research question. They will have the opportunity to develop a mentor/mentee working relationship with a scientist who can help guide the students as they research their question. Throughout the program students will give public presentations of their readings and research work. All students will present their work at the end of the year at the Science Research Symposium and Students will also be encouraged to participate in a number of science competitions throughout the program.