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Programs


The National Graphene Research and Development Center offers a youth scientist program for high school students. In this program, we mentor talented students to experience the joys of research with computers and brilliant minds, and to pursue high achievement in scientific research. Life-time research skills will be taught to prepare students for excellence in their futures.

Previous Achievements

YearSiemens Competition
Regional Finalist StudentsSemifinalist Students
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Youth Scientist Program


The youth scientist program consists of three consecutive sessions:
  1. Research Preparation Session:
    Students will learn science knowledge and scientific research skills, such as basic scientific reading and writing skills, basic physics and chemistry knowledge for research projects. More universal computation skills are also taught, such as using Linux, writing scripts, writing papers, collecting references and plotting view graphs, etc. With foundations laid throughout this session, students will be prepared to execute a real research project.
  2. Research Project Session:
    Students will execute a real, cutting-edge research project in one of the following categories: Physics, Chemistry, Biophysics, Bioengineering, Environmental Science, Materials Science, Earth Science, and Geology. Students will conduct computational experiments utilizing computer resources. By the end of research project session, each student will complete a research report and be able to deliver a presentation of their work in front of the entire class, including parents.
  3. Research Paper Session:
    For excellent research reports from the research project session, the mentor will help to polish the selective research report. With mentor's approval, the research report may be submitted to research competitions and/or science journals.

Scholarship, Awards, and Financial Aid


  1. $1,000 scholarship to all-A students;
  2. $1,000 match Siemens Regional Finalist or Intel STS semifinalist;
  3. $10,000 award to Siemens National Finalist or Intel STS Finalist;
  4. Up to 30% Financial aid to extraordinary students with financial difficulty;
  5. 10% discount to our alumni.

Registrations and Applications


The online application interface can be accessed at http://www.ngrd.org/?apply.
The deadline for applications is May 23rd, 2014.

To apply to the Preparatory Youth Scientist Program for students in grades 7 and 8, please seehttp://www.ngrd.org/?pyspThe next class series is April 14-18 (Spring Break for FCPS).

Please email any questions to: ngr@ngrd.org.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What is the schedule for the Youth Scientist Program?
    1. The program will last 10 weeks, and will run from June 23, 2014 to August 29, 2014;
    2. Classes will be scheduled on Monday through Friday, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM;
    3. The final oral presentation will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014;
    4. The research paper session will be from August 18, 2014 to August 29, 2014;
    5. Individual research paper tutoring will be available in September, 2014 by appointment.
  2. Where is the class located?
    Class location is 2 miles off exit 54 on I-495 (near TJHSST).
  3. Who should I team with?
    You can form teams with your classmates or friends on your own, or you may ask the mentor to help assign teams. Each team consists of 1 to 3 people.
  4. Are there any equipment requirements/recommendations?
    You will need to prepare a laptop with high speed, high memory and multi-CPU.
  5. Can I publish my research paper?
    Depending on the quality of the work, at the mentor's discretion, students' research results may be published in the professional journals. Students may be the first author, depending on their contributions.
  6. The cost of the program
    The cost of this program will be charged by research project. For additional questions, please email ngr@ngrd.org.
Intellectual Property: All research results belong to National Graphene Research and Development Center.

National Graphene Research and Development Center
Phone: (202)-384-5595