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Lab Experiments

In-Lab Research Program

The iStar Class In-Lab Research Program lets students take on personalized and hands-on research projects with educators from Top 30 US universities. Students will have opportunities to complete research on-site in their instructor's lab for 2-3 weeks. Additionally, students will take foundation lessons related to their research topic from the educators, participate in an Academic Writing Workshop, and work with the program TAs, who are all Ph.D. candidate from elite universities, to revise and polish their final research papers. 

Students will receive hands-on research experience at an elite university, build life-long relationships with their instructors, potentially receive a letter of recommendations from their instructors, and be able to publish their research papers in a journal. 

Hands-on Research Experience


Research with Top  Instructors


Letter of Recommendation


In-Lab Research Program Overview

Course Schedule

The program contains the following three phases:

  • Pre-lab Online Session, including:

    • 1 hour - Program Orientation, Professor K becomes familiar with the student’s research interests and backgrounds, allowing for a more individualized experience for each student.

    • 4 hours - Academic Writing Workshop, learn the fundamentals of academic writing.

    • 8 hours - Research Field Foundation Course, Professor K introduces the background knowledge of the research field, lab rules, etc.

  • In-lab Session, 2 weeks in Columbia University Lab:

    • Full instruction by Professor K and TA every day.

    • Four time slots of your choice:

  • June 19 - June 30

  • July 3 - July 15

  • July 17 - July 28

  • July 31 - August 11

  • Post-lab Session:

    • 10 hours - Online courses with TA to polish papers until they reach publication quality.



30+ hours - Bonus Biology Courses, college-level online biology course. Students can obtain dual enrollment credits.

In-Lab Research Program Sample Topic

  • COVID-19 Exposure in Urban and Rural Areas (Public Health)

  • COVID-19 and Psychological/Hormonal Effects (Public Health)

  • Utilization of Bioplastic to Substitute the Conventional Plastic (Biochemistry)

  • Energy Harvesting through a Piezoelectric Sensor (Physics)

  • Use of Cell Phones in Near-Surface Seismology (Geology) 


Delbert, Megan, and Raymond with their instructor

Research Topic: COVID-19 Exposure in Urban and Rural Areas


In-Lab Program FAQ

Q: Where will my paper be published?
A: Publication of students' papers is guaranteed in our journal iSTEAMC when they meet the publication requirements. Our iSTEAMC journal has ISSN number 2691-7300; papers published in our journal receive unique DOI numbers and can be searched and quoted on the Research Gate platform. Students are also encouraged to submit their papers to other journals if the professor suggests it; however, we do not guarantee successful publication in other journals.


Q: What's the duration and schedule of the program?
A: The program lasts from the end of May to the end of August:

  • 16 hours of lessons taught by the instructor (9 of the 16 hours will be online classes before the lab)

  • 4 hours of academic writing workshop

  • 2-3 weeks of lab hours in person at Partner Elite University 

  • 8 hours of online TA assistance in revising papers after the lab

The detailed schedule will be sent after your admission and payment.

Q:  What is the accommodation arrangement during my stay for the in-lab experience?
A: During students’ stay for the in-lab experience, IPERC will coordinate the accommodation; for example, we can recommend hotels or host families, but it would be the student's choice to decide where to stay.


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