Academic Aptitude for Mathematics and/or Science and a level of maturity commensurate with his/her age group combined with an excitement for learning. Potential students should have demonstrated a high aptitude for mathematics and/or science. This aptitude may be shown through grades and/or standardized test scores. Students are to have a B+ average in math and science.
Emotional MaturityIt is difficult to make blanket statements regarding the mental and emotional maturity of most adolescents. Spending a week or two away from home may be a tremendous burden on some students, while others mare fare quite well. Therefore, teachers will need to attest to the student's emotional maturity/readiness for a residential school experience. Recommendation of certified mathematics or science teacher in their countyStudents who are talented in mathematics or science are either very extroverted in their interests, or as may be the case in middle grades, quite quiet about their interests or talents. In either case, a certified teacher of mathematics or science would logically be the best candidate to identify a student’s potential for research in these areas. The teacher need not be the student's current teacher. Capacity for sustained dedication to open-ended taskAdolescents are generally not noted for their long attention spans where academic work is concerned. The exception to this rule is generally indicated by their willingness to persevere with a personal interest over a long period of time. Students, therefore, should have a past history that includes the pursuit of individual interests in math or science. Capacity and/or willingness to communicate with othersWith students assigned in a research team of five members, each member must not only be able to carry out the assigned component of the research project, but also effectively communicate findings and needs to the remainder of the group. A student incapable of or unwilling to work in this environment should reconsider applying.