P993: Student inquiry and research at IMSA: Developing authentic inquiry skills [WITHDRAWN]
The Student Inquiry and Research (SIR) Program at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) has been in place almost since the Academy’s inception. Junior and senior students can participate in this voluntary program, where they are advised by on- and off-campus professionals on their chosen investigation during a year-long independent research experience. We have developed the standards of plan, investigate, analyze, and communicate which align well with state standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. SIR fosters deep conceptual understanding, and students build inquiry skills that foster and promote good student research, critical thinking, and scientific literacy. Over ninety percent of IMSA students participate in SIR at least one time before graduation, and about ten percent of students will present or publish in a professional venue each year. IMSA students are being taken seriously, and learn to contribute to the generation of new knowledge to help address global issues. Data will be shared that supports the success of SIR, and a discussion of the challenges will be provided. Ways to find, develop, and maintain relationships with advisors and mentors from universities, businesses, and research institutions will also be discussed. Materials available include SIR guidelines, requirements, and rubrics for students and advisors.