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Research is the easiest way that you and I can help people facing inequity in cardiovascular treatment. Whether you are looking to join a lab, start your own research project, or explore existing publications; you have come to the right place!

The absence of minority group research leaders causes them to fall behind in academic medicine.

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Why is high school research so important anyway?

Colleges want to see your passion to learn outside of school! It shows that you pursue education as a hobby, and have intellectual curiosity that will drive you throughout your college career. There are endless topics to research and labs looking to have motivated high schoolers like you join them! You also learn key life-long skills such as critical analysis, time management, and collaborating with others. It also opens up tons of opportunities for your future... Just take a look!

The Benefits of Research

Here are just a few more reasons to convince you to pursue research

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Work closely with a lab member and connect with other faculty. These are the people you can go to for guidance throughout high school and eventually ask for your letter of reccomendation. 

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As you become motivated by the pursuit of knowledge, you will gain the skills to make this world a better place. 

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Academic Credentials

Doing research helps you create a well-rounded resume, especially when you publish you work or research at a lab.

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Not only do you gain knowledge on your fields of passion, but you also prepare yourself for the college workload, maybe even your major. 

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Key Skills

Gain key skills in leadership, communication, teamwork, hands-on experience, and become the expert of whatever you decide to research.

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Have Fun!

Don;t forget that the most important reason why we do research is because it's fun! Find that topic you love and doing research will become one of the most rewarding experiences of you life.  

Okay, now that you're convinced

How do I get started?


Finding research opportunities as a high schooler can be hard. Here is a step-by-step guide to finding a lab you love, and researching your passion!

Finding, and maybe even doing, research is very daunting. But with a guide and some mentorship along the way, you can't go wrong. Sign up for Light on the Heart's mentorship program. 

Research Programs for High Schoolers (in-person and virtual)

Here is a list of the best research experiences out there for high schoolers. Choose your area of interest, preferred location, and go from there!

Individual Research vs Research in a Lab

You don't have to work in a lab in order to research the topics you love! Most times, students will find a research lab after conducting an individual research project, or towards the end of high school. Either way, any experience you gain is valuable. Here are the steps you can take to make the most of you of your research career. 

High School Research Projects: Inspo and Requirements

Get some inspiration from the top research projects of high schoolers throughout America, and the criteria you don't want to miss when you design your own. 

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