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What it does: SREP students work in the field with real scientists or engineers at places such as Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, University Hospitals, or NASA Glenn Research Center once a week after school and for many weeks in the summer. Gradually, students become part of the lab family and make important contributions to ongoing research. Gaining this experience while still in high school is incredibly empowering and exciting work. Additionally, students are encouraged to enter prestigious science competitions like those sponsored by Siemens and Intel. HB has garnered more finalist and semifinalist spots in these programs than all the other schools in Northern Ohio combined.
How to join: First, you’ll need to register for the SREP Seminar, which meets once per cycle. The class itself has no books, tests, or homework. In class, you’ll brainstorm with the Research Directors and other students about what you want to do. After identifying your interests, you'll select laboratories at local institutions in which you'd like to conduct your research. Then, in consultation with other teachers and partner scientists, the Directors will guide you to a placement that’s in keeping with your interests and skill set. The seminar class can be added or dropped at any point without penalty. However, once you’re assigned to a lab, you’re expected to be committed to that placement for the rest of high school.
Graduation Designation: To graduate as a Science Research & Engineering Scholar
- Register for and attend SREP Seminar class in Grade 9 (preferred) or 10 through Grade 12
- Procure a placement in a research lab
- Grow into, conduct, and complete a multiyear research project at that lab under the mentorship of a professional reseacher
- Document original research in a formal scientific manuscript that meets rigorous Siemens and Science Talent Search entry qualifiations by the required due date in August or September prior to the senior year that is announced in class in the sping of junior year. Submit the same into national or international competition.