The 签名学者研究计划 (SSRP) offers a protracted, inquiry-based course of study to upperclassmen at O’Neal who are academically strong, 内在动机, 以及永不满足的好奇心. This two-year intensive research study will be directed by English Department Chair Dr. 妮可Camastra, and students who complete the program will earn a diploma with distinction from O’Neal.
Students will apply for the program at the end of 10th grade, but cohorts are expected not to exceed 10% of any given class. Admission is determined through an applicant’s essay, 推荐信, 学习成绩, 个人面试. If accepted, they will take the Research Methodology and Philosophy class taught by Dr. 11年级的Camastra, 在课程结束时, students will have written their annotated bibliography and research proposal, which will be unique to each student’s scholarly interests. Students will identify and cultivate a network of living sources and think deliberately about the trajectory of the project. 在项目的第二年, each SSRP student will work with a 教师 mentor who has expertise in the research area. Each student will produce a paper of approximately 10,000 words or a portfolio/product of relative weight and value and present the research results at a public symposium.
We believe that O’Neal’s SSRP will allow these exceptional students to eng年龄 in an intensive student-centered and inquiry-based study that will challenge them well beyond a normal college preparatory or Advanced Placement program. In addition to the honor of finishing the program and earning the ability to graduate with distinction, students will emerge from the SSRP with a well-wrought and well-earned point of view on their given topic. They will have become well-acquainted with the requisite elements of research, placing them at a great advant年龄 among their peers at the college level. Their academic achievement raises the bar for college admissions and school choice. 此外, they will have identified and established a network of contacts in the student’s primary discipline, contacts that have the potential to grow and nurture the student’s personal investment in the research area. 从这个意义上说, the project has the potential to continue growing and adding value to the student’s life well beyond its two-year requirement at the 上学校 level.
"I was happy to be living in the research that I love in an academic, serious and purposeful way." 斯蒂芬妮.2002年，签约研究学者