Advanced Science Research
The Advanced Science Research Program at Breck gives students who are passionate about science and engineering the opportunity for an authentic, high-level research experience. Students accepted into the ASR program are either assisted in joining a university research laboratory or supported in an advanced individual project, working full-time on their research over the summer months. Once school begins in the fall, students enroll in the Advanced Science Research class. In this class, they build their science communication skills, creating scientific papers and both formal and informal oral presentations about their research. Breck students have an extensive history of success in science competitions, including the Minnesota State Science and Engineering Fair, the Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium and the International Science and Engineering Fair.
The Advanced Science Research Program may well be one of the hardest and most rewarding experiences a Breck student encounters because of the intense focus on academic rigor, scientific integrity, personal growth and teamwork. Through this individualized experience students develop initiative, creativity, grit and independence that will serve them well in college, graduate school and beyond. Breck students with a passion for science are invited to begin the application process during the fall semester of their sophomore or junior year. Contact Dr. Kati Kragtorp if you are interested in learning more about ASR.
ASR Research Topics:
Students interested in ASR are guided through the process of choosing a field of study as part of the application process. Some students will join in on an existing research project in a university lab, while other students may choose to define their own research plan and question. ASR students have undertaken research in the fields of biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, ecology, engineering, food science, medicine, microbiology, molecular biotechnology, plant biology, physics, psychology, public health, robotics, and zoology, just to name a few!
Results are in, and the Breck Advanced Science Research students have had a very successful year. Click on their projects below to read their research articles and watch their presentations submitted for the 2023 science fair season.