Embark on your own
Independent Research

with Lumiere x Next Gen Admit!

Work 1:1 with a researcher in your field from a top university
to produce your own independent research project!

Why do research with us?

Create an independent research paper

With one-on-one mentorship from Ph.D. researchers at world-class universities. In our premium programs, we'll even pair you with a Publication Specialist to prepare for publications & competitions!

Make an Impact in the World

Every day, we read about research that changes our lives - from studies on vaccines to new computational algorithms. Now you can be one of these researchers making meaningful contributions to your field!

Stand Out in Admissions

Creating a research project is an effective way for you to demonstrate your strengths, ambition, and intellectual curiosity. The skills you develop will help at each stage of life – whether applying to college, grad school, or your next job.

Receive credit from UC San Diego Extension

UCSD Extended Studies is offering 3 units of post-baccalaureate credit to anyone who successfully completes any of the Lumiere x Next Gen Admit Research Programs!

Independent research gives you an edge in college admissions

But don't just take our word for it,
Hear from a Former Admissions Officer!

In this session, Sam Jeong, a former admission officer at Dartmouth talks about Lumiere and how research is viewed in the college admission process.

Founded by Harvard and Oxford researchers, the Lumiere x Next Gen Admit Research Program helps students work 1-on-1 with a Ph.D. mentor to learn about the cutting edge in their field of interest and produce an independent research project.

Research Depends on Mentorship

That's why we have over 1000 mentors from world-class universities excited to train the next generation of researchers.

Meet Our Mentors


Harvard University (PhD in Biological and Biomedical Science)
Specialization: Cancer Genetics, CRISPR Gene Editing, Molecular Biology


University of California, Los Angeles (PhD in Clinical Psychology)
Specialization: Psycho-oncology, Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology


Yale University (PhD in Physics)
Specialization: Cosmology (Evolution of the Universe), Exoplanet Data Analysis


MIT University (PhD in International Affairs)
Specialization: Nuclear Proliferation, Preventive War, East Asian Security, Alliance Politics

Conduct Research in YOUR Area of Interest

In our research programs, you can conduct research in any of the available areas


Computer Science
Data Science


Environmental Studies
International Relations
Gender Studies

Students will also be able to customize their own research topic, if not currently available in the above offerings!

Explore Our Programs

Individual Research Program


Premium Research & Publication Program




*No academically rigorous program can or should promise publication. We provide support for 3 rounds of submission to selective high-school or college-level journals.
We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to do research in their areas of interest. As a part of our mission to make research opportunities more available for high school students, we also offer financial aid and scholarship to our scholars.

The Application Process

Step 1:
Online Application

The first step to becoming a researcher is to apply! Each cohort has an application deadline, so ensure that you submit your application before that date!

Step 2:
Interview Round

If your application is shortlisted, you move to the interview round, where you will have an interview with a staff member and elaborate on your research interests and ideas!

Step 3:
Mentor Matching

After your interview, our team will work on finding you the best mentor match based on your interests and aims. You will also be notified of your application decision at this stage

Step 4:
Start Your Research!

Once you are aligned with your proposed mentor and have fulfilled all the logistical requirements from your end, you can officially kickstart the journey of research!

Program Timeline

Week 1: Meet with your mentor and align on a topic

Week 2-4: Explore the topic and identify the research question

Week 5-9: Write research paper with 1:1 support from research mentor

Week 10-12: Make final edits and submit the paper for final evaluation

After week 12: Graduation ceremony and symposium!

Students in the Premium Research and Publication Program will continue to meet with their mentor and submit their paper to a journal for publication!

Our students have gone on to join the world's best universities,
start non-profits, and represent their countries in global competitions.

Ojas was the winner of the MIT THINK competition, where he submitted his Lumiere research project.

"Lumiere paired me up with the perfect mentor, who helped my turn my ambitions of doing research in biology into a reality. The program schedule was extremely flexible, and helped me create two separate projects in our time together. Lumiere and my mentor helped me create concrete projects around my passions and have empowered me to keep pushing the boundaries of science.”

Alexandra's Lumiere research paper will be published in the International Journal of High School Research this year.

"With the support of the Lumiere team and my mentor, Dr. Daniel Wilson, I wrote a paper that proposes new possibilities for breast cancer treatments. My project has now led me to get more hands-on experience in the field of cancer research, and I’m excited to be interning this summer in a lab at the Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School."
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Jaiden was selected to attend the MIT 2021 Summer Research Program.

"The Lumiere Research Program was an enlightening educational experience. First I studied broadly about economic concepts and statistics, then focused in on specific areas of my interest involving nonprofit organizations, employment, and GDP. My mentor was instrumental in shaping my ability to critically read research papers, analyze data, and take my academic writing to the next level."

Zunian's Lumiere research paper was published by Cornell University’s Undergraduate Economic Review.

"I am grateful to Lumiere for connecting me with my mentor and providing invaluable support in my maiden voyage in academic research. I am now applying my research, along with the critical thinking skills I gained, to a Research Assistant position at the Columbia University Department of Economics. My research has also led me to engage in pursuits such as environmental journalism and starting a small seaweed farm off the waters of Cape Cod.”

Student Publication Features & Competition Wins

Our in-house publication team assists our students in identifying the best opportunities for the type of research they are doing, and then supporting them in the submission process to the chosen target. Our students submit to rigorous publications around the world, and we're proud to share some of our most recent publication-related student successes below!

OJAS - Winner of MIT THINK competition

"Exploring the role of humanin as a potential preventative and therapeutic in Alzheimer's disease"

JUSTIN - Featured on the Brown Journal of World Affairs podcast

"What public political attitudes make countries prone to democratic backsliding?"

SALIL - Winner of LSE Undergraduate Political Review's Annual Essay Competition

"To what extent have emerging social movements cause politicians to respond with effective social change?"

SHAUNAK - ISEF Regeneron national finalist; first place in regional ISEF fair

"Using Neural Networks to Accurately predict Electrical energy within Point-Absorbers"


Will my research be published after the program?

Lumiere does not provide a promise to any student that their Foundations of Research/Individual Research Program work will be published. However, Lumiere will provide resources for students to explore if the student is motivated and interested in continuing to work on this topic and sharing with potential relevant research journals or conferences. Possible publications include undergraduate science journals, high school science journals, and conferences.


In addition to this, Lumiere offers the Premium Research & Publication Program that is designed specifically to help scholars both write a research paper and to support them through the publishing process.

Can I ask my research mentor for a letter of recommendation?

All mentors, at the end of the program, will assign a grade to students’ research paper and write a short evaluation. In addition to this, many students will find that their research mentor has gained a unique perspective on them and their academic ability. Naturally, the question arises if the mentor is able to write a recommendation letter. In this case, it is entirely appropriate to ask your mentor for a letter of recommendation. However, just as with any academic mentor, they are not required to do so. They will likely assess your performance during the program when making the decision whether or not to write a letter.

Can we only do research in the areas listed?

We have mentors across every major academic discipline. If there is a community of researchers working on a topic, at least one (and usually many) of them are our mentors. The list of academic topics is meant to be a sample and not an exhaustive list of possible research topics across our programs.

What is the frequency of the programs?

Each Lumiere Program is run at least four times a year, with Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter sessions.

How will the one-on-one sessions be scheduled?

The learning coordinator will initially connect you and your research mentor together over email or another mutually agreed upon platform. We then ask that you and the research mentor coordinate directly to find a mutually agreeable time weekly for the following eight weeks. The research mentor will then send an invite to the student and include a personal Zoom link. For any issues, please contact the learning coordinator.

How is the research topic chosen? Do I need to know my topic in advance?

We do not expect students to come into Lumiere with a clearly defined research question – though some do. For all students, we expect that your research question will evolve and sharpen as you learn and work with your mentor. Your mentor will act as a guide – not working on your research project for you – but, guiding you in the direction of the most fruitful work. Logistically, we expect that students have aligned on a research question by the end of week 4. This question will then be vetted and refined with your research mentor. From there, over the following four weeks, you will be expected to create a research proposal, a first draft of the research paper, and then a final draft at the end of week 8

What if I want to change my research question late into the program?

A student may wish to change their topic of interest late into the program. If this is the case, we encourage the research mentor and the student to assess whether it will be feasible to address that area in the time remaining and to develop a plan to execute on it. If it is not possible, then either the research mentor and student should continue on the agreed-upon topic or an extension of the course may be required. In any case of confusion, contact the learning coordinator.

What is the academic partnership with UCSD Extended Studies? How do I know if I qualify?

University of California, San Diego is one of the largest public universities in the world. The Extended Studies division offers programs focused on professional-level training and opportunities for advancement in one’s skills and career preparedness. UCSD Extended Studies is offering 3 units of post-baccalaureate credit to anyone who successfully completes any of the Lumiere Research Scholar Programs.

During the cohort, you can choose to enroll in the credit program, if you want. You will be guided on the enrollment process and pay a processing fee to UCSD Extended Studies. Upon completing the Lumiere Research Scholar Program by turning in your final paper, you will be eligible to receive your transcript and credit units.

This program is made possible thanks to our partnership with Lumiere Education.


We present testimonials and insights about other people’s experiences with our program for purposes of illustration only. The testimonials, examples, and photos used are of actual students. They are not intended to represent or guarantee that current or future students will achieve the same or similar results; rather, these testimonials represent what is possible for illustrative purposes only.