DATES AND TIMING
June 27 - August 17
Flexible schedule, student make their own schedule with Dr.Raj
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 PM EST with Dr.Rajagopal Appavu (students pick 9 sessions)
Mondays and Wednesdays at 9 PM EST with Coach Jo
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.
- What? Be specific about the topic of the paper, introduce the background, and define key terms or concepts.
- Why? This is the most important but also the most difficult, part of the introduction.
- 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: Draft 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 will be 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!)
BONUS SESSION: HOW TO SUBMIT RESEARCH PAPER IN JOURNAL
Coach JO will review how to submit research papers to various publications that accept high school student research journals, and Gifted Gabber website.
No Pre-requisites Required
Who is eligible for the Program?
Middle and High School Students preferably grade 8 and higher, however, we are selective about 8th graders who can handle the rigor of Research. No prior Python coding experience is required.
The Gifted Gabber Research program prepares students to publish their scientific journals approved by Dr.Rajagopal Appavu to various journals that accept research projects from high school students.
Students will have an opportunity to submit final drafts to be published in [email protected] (Journal of American Scientific [email protected]) which is a multidisciplinary and expert peer-reviewed journal.
(Note: Publishing journals is student-driven and Gifted Gabber assumes the role of Mentor and the cost of publication fee is taken care of by students.)
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 AI Expert
Meet AI Expert for Biomed
Ram Prasad, Data Scientist & Certified RapidMiner Analyst
Ram develops analytics solutions and predictive models that help long-haul trucking companies make critical business decisions in operations, safety, and productivity. Ram has 10 years of prior experience in software engineering and has been building data solutions for the last 5 years. He holds a patent (pending) for a text mining application for wireless communication devices in trucks. He is a frequent speaker at Big Data, and Data Science conferences and is engaged with the local data science community in Atlanta, Georgia. Ram is a certified RapidMiner Analyst.
**Note: Ram Prasad will provide guidance only to students who chose to incorporate AI in their Bio-med Research. Guidance will be provided only for students who take Option#2 Biomed Research+Python Bootcamp.**
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 all Gifted Gabber programs.
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 LIKE TO SEE RESEARCH
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.
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.
Student Research Papers
Where can I find past students' research papers?
We are proud of our student's achievements and end results of research journals. We have published it on our Gifted Gabber website.Past Research Papers >>
'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 ISBN number is needed!)*
What is included in the 2023 Summer Research Program?
18 Live sessions in total.
Two-three 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 to [email protected]
Guidance on submission for Regeneron STS for Seniors.
- Letter of Recommendation from Dr.Rajagopal Appavu.
Research Opens Up A Whole New World For High School Students
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