Research Aligned with Strategic Positioning of College Application
Think that all research is created equal? Think again. Many students conduct research in the wrong field which will disadvantage their college application. For instance, it’s far too common for students to perform research in oversubscribed areas such as medicine or computer science and as such, research in those areas is not as compelling to a college admissions committee.
At Solomon, students work closely with both their college admissions consultant and their PhD research advisor to ensure not only that college-level research is completed in high school, but that it’s completed in a field that aligns with the strategic positioning of their college application. The college admissions consultant will position the student’s application in the most advantageous academic discipline given his or her interests, and the PhD research advisor will guide the student on a research project and paper that will impress college admissions committees. At other companies, a student’s research paper may not align with the optimal strategic positioning for his or her college application, and will disadvantage the student in the college admissions process.
Raise Intellectual Vitality Rating at Elite Colleges
Most elite colleges, including Stanford, UChicago and Ivy League schools, assign applicants a separate intellectual vitality rating. The intellectual vitality rating, which measures a student’s pursuit of learning opportunities outside the classroom and love of learning, can be maximized by doing independent research. Scoring high on the intellectual vitality rating is what distinguishes the straight-A students with perfect testing who are admitted from the straight-A students with perfect testing who are denied.
At Solomon, students will work with their assigned PhD research advisor to write a college-level research paper, then will work with their college admissions consultant to best showcase and frame this research in the college application in order to maximize the student’s intellectual vitality rating at Stanford, the Ivies and other elite colleges
Improve Extracurricular Angularity for College Admissions
Elite colleges are looking for specialists not well-rounded students. Our research program for high school students helps them to increase their angularity in the college application process. At Solomon, students work first with their college admissions consultant to identify the area they want to specialize in for their college application, then work with their PhD research advisor on a research project to become more angular and increase their extracurricular rating in the college admissions process.
Supplemental Materials and Abstracts to Boost College Application
Elite colleges allow students to submit supplemental materials to boost and strengthen their application. Commonly submitted supplemental materials among admitted applicants are independent research papers and abstracts. Students will work with their PhD research advisor to draft a college-level independent research paper and accompanying research abstract to submit as supplemental materials for the college application.
Preparation for Undergraduate Research in College
Working on a college-level independent research paper with a PhD research advisor in high school will prepare students for undergraduate research opportunities in college. Undergraduate research in college is critical to graduate school admissions, whether it be to Master’s programs, PhD programs, medical school, law school or MBA programs. Undergraduate research is also an essential component in competing for prestigious national scholarships such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Truman and Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships. Students who are admitted to the very top graduate programs are often Rhodes, Marshall or Barry M. Goldwater Scholars.