Advanced Science Research

Belmont Hill’s Advanced Science Research (ASR) offers juniors and seniors the unique opportunity to conduct independent scientific research in a university, hospital, or professional laboratory. The program began at the school in 2011, and has evolved into a two-year track for juniors. The course is distinctive in that it offers professional-level research opportunities at top laboratories, all with the academic support of a faculty member on the school’s campus. Students accepted into ASR enroll in a two-year science elective.

In many ways, ASR is the culmination of the unique science opportunities available to Belmont Hill students. Belmont Hill allows its students to take an Advanced Placement (AP) science each year as a sophomore, junior, and senior; this is rare at the high school level. This uniquely qualifies students to conduct research in the wealth of labs local to the school.

Students accepted to ASR are placed in an area laboratory based on their individual interests. In addition to receiving guidance from the research mentor in their lab, ASR students receive support on campus with the conceptual framework underlying their research. Students read graduate-level textbooks or primary scientific journal publications for their weekly homework, discuss it with their teacher on campus, then bring that knowledge to their lab work. Students spend approximately 6-10 hours each week in their lab during the school year, in addition to a minimum of six weeks’ worth of work during the summer. On campus, they present their lab work each week in class.

ASR emphasizes not only exciting research opportunities for a high school student, but also the opportunity to develop one’s speaking, presentation, and writing skills. Through the course of their two years in ASR, students complete the following work:
  • Entry to the Regeneron Science Talent Search, recognized as one of the top national science competitions
  • Production of a professional-caliber research poster, printed in-house on the school’s large format printer
  • Presentation at a high school Science Symposium
  • Presentation at ASR Poster Defense, involving vetting by ASR mentors and Belmont Hill Science faculty
  • In most cases, publication in a professional scientific journal
  • Composition of a mock NIH Grant Proposal, explaining the impact of individual research on the larger scientific community

Advanced Science Research News

List of 3 news stories.

For more information, contact:

Jared Courtney
Director, Advanced Science Research

Advanced Science Research Placements

List of 12 items.

  • Massimo Aufiero ’18

    Dr. Breakefield, MGH
    (Website here)
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  • Jake Carter ’18

    Dr. Eichler, MGH
    (Website here)
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  • Nick Daley '19

    Chemical Biology, Dr. Xie, Harvard.
  • Liam Durbin '19

    Synthetic Biology, Dr. Collins, Wyss Institute
  • Josh Fairman '19

    Stem Cell Biology, Dr. Henry, Whitehead Institute
    (Website here)
  • Will Misciagna ’18

    Craniofacial Embryogenesis,
    Dr. Liao and Dr. Shore, MGH
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  • David Paine ’18

    Salat Lab, Martinos Center, MGH
    (website here)
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  • Ben Pradko ’18

    Immunology Genetics
    Turka Lab, MGH
    (website here)
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  • Ishaan Prasad ’18

    Biomedical Informatics
    Dr. Alterovitz, Harvard Medical School
    (website here)
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  • Antonio Ubeda ’18

    Dr. Church, Wyss Institute
    (Website here)
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  • Matt Smith '19

    Genomics, Dr. Guo, Wyss Institute
  • Michael Wade '19

    Microfluidics, Dr. Raman, Koch Institute
    (Website here)
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