The future of ASMS is oriented towards research.

Currently, our instructors are encouraged to bring their original research into the classroom, and the school hopes to expand these opportunities. ASMS aims to support our faculty members in conducting new research and publishing their work with the goal of involving students in the process. At the same time, ASMS is implementing strategies for students to pursue their own original research. Students have opportunities to conduct research through partnerships with local universities, the ASMS Research Fellows Program, ASMS Directed Research and Reading courses, and participation in local and state science fairs.

Conducting research is most common at the university graduate level and sometimes at the undergraduate level. Giving ASMS students the opportunity to conduct research in high school will set them apart in the college application and admissions process.

Directed Research and Reading

ASMS Directed Research and Reading courses are typically intended for students who seek deeper knowledge of an academic subject. Courses involve intensive investigation of a topic or subject, taken under the direction of a faculty member who mentors a student’s research. This work customarily involves a variable number of contact hours and will often result in a major paper or article, detailing the results of the investigation that has been undertaken. With faculty approval, a student may receive transcript credit for these courses.

Directed Research and Reading courses offered in recent history include Biological Science Research, Crystallography, Pyrotechnics, Firewire (student newspaper), Problem Solving, Boolean Algebra, Topology, and Mathematical Origami.

Research Fellows Program

The ASMS Research Fellows program at ASMS enables students to generate their own original research projects under the guidance of both a faculty mentor and a supervisory committee. The Fellows Program provides students the opportunity to explore a contemporary problem or scholarly debate and to follow research methods appropriate to their chosen discipline. Faculty members assist the student in the pursuit of scientific discovery or the articulation of an original academic insight. Students who successfully complete the project will develop and submit the following four components: research paper, poster, portfolio, and presentation.

Twelve juniors are currently participating the program and studying environmental issues in Alabama. Click here to read the article that inspired the research topic for this year’s cohort.

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