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iStar Class Online Research

Our research program takes students outside the classroom and into the field as they work side-by-side with experienced professors from top universities and engage in an authentic university research experience.

Students can choose to research with an instructor from a Top US or UK university, or with a PhD graduate/candidate from an elite university. Program Overviews are listed below for both models. 

Course Sessions

• Summer Session: May 29, 2023 - August 25, 2023

 Winter Session: December 18, 2023 - February 23, 2024

Research areas available for instructor-led programs:

  • Economics

  • Psychology

  • Public Health

  • Environmental Health Sciences

  • Mathematics

  • Chemistry

  • Biology

  • Biochemistry

  • Geology

  • Sociology

  • Physics

Research areas available for PhD-led programs:

  • Neuroscience

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Anthropology

  • Astrobiology

  • Physics

Please see the Potential Research Area section for a complete list of potential research areas.

Program Timeline

Initial Acceptance
+ Schedule an interview with iStar Advisor 

1

1 Week

Personalized Interview
+ Video Call
+ Research Experience Discussion
+ Interests Discussion 

2

Deny

3

1-2 Weeks

Official Acceptance and 
Program Deposit Due
+ Letter of Acceptance
+ Deposit Invoice
+ iStar Advisor Feedback

3

2-3 Weeks

Receive Schedule and Tuition Due
+ Personalized Schedule
+ Faculty Matching
+ Tuition Invoice

4

Program Starts

5

Research Procedure

Faculty Matching

Matching advisor & instructor
Academic writing prep classes

Choosing Topic

Picking a research topic
Research and reading
Lectures by an elite university instructor
Finishing tasks related to the topic

Paper & Publication

Paper writing
Revising
Publishing

Lab Experiments
Program Overview
(Instructor)

Program Orientation-1 hr

Academic Writing Workshop-4 hrs

  • Introduction, literature review, and research methods

  • Overview of MLA, APA, and Chicago citations

  • Structure of a research paper

  • Results, discussion, summary, and literature

  • Summary, theory, and practice

Research Field Foundation Course-7.5 hrs

  • Background knowledge of research field

  • Reading material selection

Research Paper Writing-7.5 hrs (1:1 or Small Group)*

  • Topic selection, paper outline, and writing guidance

  • Literature, research methods, and experiment design

  • Data collection, analysis, and summary

Paper Polishing with TA**-10 hrs (1:1 or Small Group)

  • Review, revision, editing, and formatting

  • Publication assistance

*Schedule is per paper or project
**All iStar TAs are PhD Candidates from elite universities

Program Overview
(Ph.D.)

Program Orientation-1 hr

Academic Writing Workshop-4 hrs

  • Introduction, literature review, and research methods

  • Overview of MLA, APA, and Chicago citations

  • Structure of a research paper

  • Results, discussion, summary, and literature

  • Summary, theory, and practice

Research Field Foundation Course-7.5 hrs

  • Background knowledge of research field

  • Reading material selection

Research Paper Writing-7.5 hrs (1:1 or Small Group)*

  • Topic selection, paper outline, and writing guidance

  • Literature, research methods, and experiment design

  • Data collection, analysis, and summary

  • Presentation Training

Research Paper Editing-10 hrs (1:1 or Small Group)

  • Review, revision, editing, and formatting

  • Publication assistance

*Schedule is per paper or project
There is no TA for PhD led projects

Program Overviews

Potential Research Areas

  • Architecture

  • Art History

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Astronomy

  • Bioinformatics

  • Biology

  • Computer Science (Project-Based)

  • Ecology

  • Economics

  • English Comparative Literature

  • Film and Media Studies

  • Genetics

  • Health Sciences

  • Marketing

  • Mathematics

  • Neuroscience

  • Physics

  • Psychology

  • Underwater Robotics

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Potential Research Areas

Research Tracks

Research Topic Examples

  • Applications of Fractal Analysis in Astronomy and Astrophysics (Astronomy)
     

  • Nature Poetry in England and Asia (English Comparative Literature)
     

  • Socio-Economic Factors Behind the Economic Policy Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (Economics)
     

  • Europe and the Idea of Africa (Film and Media Studies)
     

  • Analysis of the Impact of Online Learning on K-12 Students (Psychology)
     

  • Health Disparities in Disease Incidence or Treatment Outcomes Between Men and Woman (Health Sciences)

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Headquarters

1170 Old Henderson Rd. Suite 208 Columbus, OH 43220, USA
+1 614-553-8513

istarclass@iperc.org

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