It is a lot of work, but juniors will tell you that having an independent project as part of your portfolio makes an impact in the college admission process. They will also tell you how much they grew from the experience.
The goal of the Independent Project is to encourage motivated students to pursue an area of study in depth. The end-result is a research paper and a presentation. The students must demonstrate their acquired knowledge and/or skills before a group of experts from the school and the community.
The research component is comprised of scholarly work on the part of the student and independent work that the student can pursue during free time. At a minimum, students complete a scholarly essay and an annotated bibliography. Each student is paired with a faculty mentor throughout this year-long process.
2014-2015 INDEPENDENT PROJECTS
Ponzi Schemes Throughout History: Highlighting the World’s Most Devastating Schemes and Addressing SEC Rules and Regulations
The Mers Virus from all Angles
Girl Talk: The History of Policing Female Voices and the Cultural Impact of the Women’s Fiction Section
The Importance of Exclusivity in the Exotic Car Market and its Effect on Resale Values
The American Justice System
The Social Media Epidemic
The Differences in Methods, Reactions, and Effects of Bullying between Males and Females
Food for Thought: An Analysis of the Relationship between Regional Eating Habits and Noncommunicable Disease
The Efficacy of Bacteriophage Therapy in Anti-biotic Resistant Strains of Echerichia coli, Pseudomonas Aeroginosa, and Staphylococcus Aureus
Harnessing the Prokaryotic CRISPR/Cas Foreign DNA Defense System for Antiviral Therapy in Canine Fibroblast Tumor Cells
The Beneficial Implications of a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet on Health and Incidence and Reversal of Chronic Disease
First Person Shooter
Asthma: Result of Dysregulated Human Immune Systems due to Decreased Prevalence of Parasitic Infections in Increasingly Sanitary Societies
Long-term Consequences of the New Deal Agricultural Policies
A Study on Maximum Principle of High Order Derivatives
Art Therapy: A Discussion of the Validity of Analyzing Children’s Drawings for Diagnostic and Recovery Purposes
Favipiravir is Ideal for the Eradication of Ebola
Environmental Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry
How did the Wool Trade - or the Lincoln Longwool B reed - affect Medieval England?
Gender Roles in Harry Potter
The Destructive Journey of a Global Serial Killer Against Medical Resistance: An Inspection of the HIV/AIDS Pandemic and the Race to Vaccine Efficacy
Danger in Amazonia: the Effects of Deforestation on the Forest and its Peoples
Social, Economic and Political Effects of Colonialism in East Africa