Argonne National Laboratory

Exemplary Student Research Program
"Research is creating new knowledge." - Neil Armstrong, Astronaut

About the Program

Using the world-class facilities at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source (APS), high school students and their teachers work with Argonne scientists to prepare a research proposal, design an experiment, set up the experiment, gather and analyze data, make conclusions, and prepare a final poster. In this program, school teams are considered to be part of the larger Argonne international synchrotron light source user community. Team posters are presented along with the rest of the user community at the annual Argonne APS/CNM User Meeting in the Spring. 

This program is designed to enhance Honors or Advance Placement STEM classes. Ideal candidates for this program are teachers who are willing to facilitate the research process with their students, can be an intermediate between Argonne and their students, and will use this program to enhance their current curriculum.  

Program Activities

During the summer, teachers will attend a FREE workshop to:

  • learn about the APS and its capabilities;
  • get ideas for possible projects and research questions; 
  • meet Argonne scientists in the program;
  • learn the APS user application process;
  • learn the logistics of taking a field trip to Argonne. 

During the program, teacher and high school students will:

  • design and conduct their own research with the guidance of teachers and scientists;
  • use world-class facilities at the Advanced Photon Source;
  • be immersed in the research at Argonne;
  • encounter an authentic experience that may extend to multiple years.

Registration for Teachers

To qualify for the ESRP program, one participating teacher per school must:

  • hold a valid state teaching certificate for grades 9-12
  • attend a two-day summer workshop to learn about the science, the available research techniques and tools and meet the scientists.

Teacher registration for the 2017/2018 program is now closed.

2017 Participating High Schools

  • Aspira Business & Finance
  • Glenbard East
  • Hoffman Estates
  • Lemont
  • Lockport Township
  • Naperville Central
  • Neuqua Valley
  • Oak Lawn Community 
  • Romeoville
  • Schurz
  • Tinley Park

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