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There’s nothing like hands-on learning. We provide ways for gifted and advanced young adults to explore a career field of interest and start applying their knowledge in an intellectually limitless and nurturing environment.

Externships Providing Leadership Opportunities in Research and Education (EXPLORE) program matches gifted and advanced high school students with distinguished mentors, hands-on research opportunities, and professional experience in their field of interest. With the support and guidance of volunteer mentors and IEA staff, students learn about working in a variety of professional settings and advance their skills through the pursuit of knowledge and exposure to optimally challenging learning experiences. Students not only experience growth intellectually and personally, but are able to make pertinent and lasting connections with their mentors and like-minded peers.

2022 EXPLORE Program Update

EXPLORE is back with a brand new in-person scientific research mentorship available for the 2022-2023 school year starting in November!

High school students* with a passion for science are invited to join a science research team led by Monica Barsever, with scientific mentors from local universities such as Caltech!

Students develop research questions, design experiments, and conduct authentic research with experienced science mentorship, and gain a deep understanding of their topics in a collaborative environment.

Potential research topics are bioengineering, astronomy, chemistry, linguistics, or renewable energy (through Prof. Harry Gray’s Solar Army at Caltech) and others, depending on student interest.

Research teams will meet twice weekly for the remainder of the school year, starting with this installment in November and December, and will end the year by creating posters for presentation at Caltech in May 2023.

*Students must be at least 14 years old and currently in high school.

FALL SCHEDULE
  • Sunday, November 6th through Monday, December 19th (No class November 21 or 27 for Thanksgiving week)
  • Sundays from 11:00am-1:00pm AND Mondays from 4:00-6:00pm
  • Kickoff Event at Caltech for all participating groups is TBA (a Saturday in October)
  • Will begin again for the winter term with a schedule determined by the research group
  • Takes place at our learning center in Pasadena

Register by October 28!

TUITION
  • $800 for at least 24 hours of hands-on guided research with your group and mentor
  • Financial aid is available to qualifying families
HOW TO APPLY
Institute for Educational Advancement - Connecting bright minds; nurturing intellectual and personal growth

“I have learned so much in depth knowledge about biology, colleges, and working in a lab. My high school could never offer me an experience like this in a classroom.”

– Alumnus 2018

“BEFORE I STARTED THE PROGRAM, I HAD NO PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE, SO I DIDN’T REALLY KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT […]WHILE THIS EXTERNSHIP WAS NO DOUBT CHALLENGING, IT DID HELP BOLSTER MY CONFIDENCE IN MY OWN ABILITIES […] THAT I DO HAVE THE PROPER SKILL SET TO SUCCEED WITHIN THIS INDUSTRY.”

–Alumnus 2017

Institute for Educational Advancement - Connecting bright minds; nurturing intellectual and personal growth
Provide a Hands-On Experience:
Host or Sponsor an IEA Extern

A gifted mind that is fed and fostered can achieve great things. By funding the IEA EXPLORE program, you will not only change a life, you might also spark a discovery that changes the world. Please consider:

Hosting an Extern. Share your professional expertise, time, and support through direct mentorship.

Sponsoring an Extern. Help ensure that no child is ever turned away due to lack of funds.We’ll match you with an IEA Extern and keep you posted on his or her progress and the results of their efforts.

Institute for Educational Advancement - Connecting bright minds; nurturing intellectual and personal growth

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