2023 Spring Research Program

This is a 9-week program where the student will conduct research and write a scientific journal guided by Dr. Rajagopal Appavu; imminent researcher, Assistant Professor, Vaccine Developer, Senior Data Scientist/Analyst, Toxicologist, and Chemist. 

Students will be guided in writing a 4000+ word research paper and submitting them to journals.


Dates: TBD - February to April 2023

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2022 Fall Research Program

This is an 8-week program where the student will conduct research and write a scientific journal guided by Dr. Rajagopal Appavu; imminent researcher, Assistant Professor, Vaccine Developer, Senior Data Scientist/Analyst, Toxicologist, and Chemist. 

Students will be guided in writing a 4000+ word research paper and submitting them to journals.

September 10 - October 30 

Saturday, 1 pm EST/12 pm CST/10 am PST with Coach Jo

Sunday, 2 pm EST/1 pm CST/11 am PST with Dr. Raj


Session Details

SESSION 1: Choose a research paper topic

Dr. Appavu will closely work with students to determine a topic that students want to work on. 

SESSION 2: Methods to conduct preliminary research

Introduction to various journals that Dr. Appavu. He will provide an introduction to the format and other requirements of the research paper.

SESSION 3: How to Research?

Intense deep dive into articles, students will learn how to conduct preliminary research. In this stage, students will learn to formulate some research questions. To write research questions, they will try to finish the following sentence: “I want to know how/what/why…”

SESSION 4: Create a research paper outline and the first draft

Expressing your ideas as clearly as possible, so you know what you were trying to say when you come back to the text.

  1. What? Be specific about the topic of the paper, introduce the background, and define key terms or concepts.
  2. Why? This is the most important but also the most difficult, part of the introduction. 
  3. How? To let the reader know what to expect from the rest of the paper, the introduction should include a “map” of what will be discussed, briefly presenting the key elements of the paper in chronological order.

SESSION 5: Write the Introduction, compelling body of text, and conclusion

The research paper introduction should address three questions: What, why, and how? After finishing the introduction, the reader should know what the paper is about, why it is worth reading, and how you’ll build your arguments.

SESSION 6: Review and Second draft

Check how the student's vision of the paper aligns with the first draft and, more importantly, that paper still answers the assignment.

SESSION 7: Peer-review by Dr. Rajagopal Appavu

Final peer-review by Dr. Rajagopal Appavu for journal publication.

SESSION 8: Thesis Defense and Oral Presentation by Students (will be a final ceremony!)

The last hurdle in the process has been an oral examination. Most students find it rewarding and intellectually exciting to present their work or research to an audience. Students will be required to prepare a 5-minute presentation and field questions. Parents and siblings are encouraged to participate in this session. (Date will be decided at a later time!)


Coach JO will review how to submit research papers to Journal of Student Research, and Gifted Gabber wesbite.

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Research Publishing

Final approved drafts will be published in [email protected] (Journal of American Scientific [email protected])Journal of Student Research (JSR), which is a Multidisciplinary and Faculty-reviewed journal, and other publications that accept high school research papers.

About Lead Researcher

Dr. Rajagopal Appavu, Research Expert

Dr. Rajagopal Appavu is currently a Professor in the Health Care Studies department at the University of South Florida and was previously a Professor of pharmacology and Toxicology at the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston, Texas. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics (Biochemistry) from Indian Institute of Science-Bangalore, India. He received his M.Sc. in Chemical Sciences from Pondicherry University, Puducherry and his B.Sc. in Chemistry from Govt. Arts College, Salem, Tamil Nadu.

Expertise: Vaccine & Drug Development, Medical Device Technology, Data Science, Pharmaceutical DNA/RNA Biology, Chemical Biology

Skills: Innate Immunity, Immunology of Infectious Diseases, Mass Spectrometry, Chromatography, Organic Synthesis, Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Immunity, Flow Cytometry, Cellular Immunology, Infection.

About Your Instructor

Jothsna Kethar, Mentor and Coach

Coach Jo, as her students call her, is an Independent Educational Consultant and College Counselor. She is a certified Tony Robbins Life Coach. She trained to identify children's goals, and be their supportive friend and trusted adviser. She has also Trained under Peg Dawson, EdD., a renowned psychologist. She uses this understanding to coach children to discover their strengths to overcome their hurdles and roadblocks on their path to success. She is a certified Meditation Instructor as well and strives to empower parents in their child’s educational journey.

Jo also runs a nonprofit named InspireYouth, a nonprofit 501©3 organization that aims at empowering youth and fostering leadership. InspireYouth aspires to create lifetime humanitarians out of teens by providing various volunteering opportunities to contribute, learn and grow! 

She completed her College Counseling course at UC Berkeley. Building a customized college list is her specialty. Her students have landed in Ivy league colleges such as Cornell, also landing in affordable colleges, winning merit aid/scholarships to the tune of over 2 million dollars in total.

About Program Coordinator

Smrutha Vikram, Program Coordinator and Lead 

Teaching is Smrutha's passion, and she has been instructing students of all ages for the past 10 years. She strives to create a space for students to explore their hidden talents while helping them further their interests and passion. Smrutha is an integral part of Gifted Gabber and creates and runs various programs. She is the main point of contact for the Fall 2022 Research Program.

Smrutha has been instrumental in successfully getting 2022 Summer Research students to complete their research papers and publish them.

Benefits of Research Program


Research can be included in the extracurricular activity list, resume, and any awards received as a result of Research. Scientific Journal publishing is one of the key ingredients when it comes to applying for Pre-med colleges.


College admissions officers recognize the value of high school research projects and feel that the very act of completing such extensive projects speaks to a student’s passion, perseverance, intellectual capacities, and ability to handle challenges.


By engaging in performing research, high school students develop critical thinking, logical reasoning, problem-solving, deep learning, and analytical skills. Variety of supplemental essays would allow you to discuss your research or why a particular college is a good fit for you.

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Research Success

Published Papers by past research students!

The Effect of Stress on Insulin Production Across Different Generations 

Published by Om Patil

Research conducted on stress and its effects on day-to-day lives, with an even higher impact on the lives of those who have diseases, such as diabetes. In this research paper, the question of how the output of a particular hormone, insulin, differs across different generations will be discussed. 


Is Aducanumab a Miracle Drug? 

By: Sanjana Ananthula

A new drug called Aducanumab has been circulating the medical news for a while along with many questions. To answer these questions, it is imperative to understand Alzheimer’s disease. This research was done by reading other articles and observing scans to comprehend the premise of the problems truly. 


The Effects of Neurons on the Well-Being of Humans 

 By: Arushi Biswas

The purpose of this study was to analyze the effects of neurons on the average person’s daily life and what can release the “good” chemicals. Engaging in activities one may enjoy results in the release of serotonin and dopamine, two of the most important neurotransmitters in the nervous system.


The Connection between COVID-19 Variants (Gamma and Delta Variant)

By: Sneha Nangunoori 

This research paper discusses the connection between two prominent variants: the Gamma variant and the Delta variant, and certain demographic features like gender, age, and location. The method used in this research paper includes finding data using python to extract the needed data to support theories. 




My biggest win since writing this research topic will be finally submitting this paper, and it is published. Dr.Raj mentored and taught me new concepts, whileCoach Jo helped me a lot because she gave positive and blunt input that helped me further the horizons of my paper.


Dr. Raj was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the entire process. His expertise ensured that my paper included an abundance of information.


Dr.Raj provided me with a good idea of what I should look into and how the way I present my research will be perceived by others.


My best win was successfully completing my paper. Coach Jo helped by being very encouraging and making sure I did more and more work each week instead f just waiting for the last week.


Working with Dr.Raj helped me write my research paper because he gave a lot of constructive criticism and helped me learn about my topic.


I feel like going through the whole writing process and the Thursday classes hosted by Coach Jo definitely helped me improve as a writer.


I think overall I have gotten better at researching and using sources to create a paper which gives me more confidence in researching in the future. It gives me a great idea of what to do in the future. Coach Jo helped push me towards what I needed in my paper.


I got to learn a lot of new things through the research that I wouldn't have learned otherwise. Coach Jo helped take all of this learning I did and put it down on paper.


I think my overall research paper is a win. I spent so much time working on it and making sure that I wrote it to the best of my abilities. Coach Jo helped to guide me in the process of writing the research paper.


Who is eligible for the Program?

High School Students who have completed Honors Biology/Honors Chemistry.

Mandatory Reading

'Molecules That Changed the World'  by K.C. Nicolaou & Tamsyn Montagnon


*NOTE: DO NOT download copies from the Internet. You can buy legally from eBay, Amazon, or used bookstores (Students will reference this book and the IBSN number is needed!)*

Pricing Details

Original Price $2,000


One time or multiple payments

  • 18 Live sessions in total.
  • Two live sessions every week.
  • Final Oral Presentation and Thesis Defense
  • All Recordings on Learning Management Tool
  • Whatsapp Group for Parents
  • Discord Group for Students
  • Accountability and Support to stay on track
  • Guidance on writing a 4000+ word research paper.
  • Submission in various journals that accept student research.
  • Guidance on submission for Regeneron STS for Seniors.
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Date: TBD - February - April 2023


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