Carolina ADMIRES (Assisting in Development and Mentoring an Innovative Research Experience in Science) is a program designed for 8th and 9th grade students who have an interest in science and would like to learn more about what a future career in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines would bring. Meetings are approximately once a month on Saturday mornings throughout the academic year, with a final presentation day in the early afternoon on a Saturday in May. The program includes modules on professional development in the fall, and science mentorship and research in the spring with one of our Faculty Mentors. If you live within Durham, we may be able to offer your student transportation to and from ADMIRES meetings.

The 2016-2017 academic program is currently underway.  Please check back in March 2017 for application information for next year.

2016-2017 Eligibility and Expectations

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The student will be entering 8th or 9th grade in the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • The student has a “B” or better average in science and a demonstrated enthusiasm for topics within the scientific field.
  • The student or his/her parent has filled out an application form  by the June 3 deadline.
  • The student’s science teacher has filled out a brief recommendation form on their behalf by June 3.

Expectations for Successful Completion of ADMIRES:

  • Students must commit to attending all program meetings (please see the 2017-2018 schedule); planned absences should be checked with the program coordinator in advance.
  • Students are expected to complete occasional homework assignments, and will be expected to work on their research projects at home and to maintain regular communications with their faculty mentor.
  • Students must present a final research project during Research Presentation Day.


We look forward to having you join this exciting program!


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1351474.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.