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Indigo Research students supported since 2019

17.15 %

Indigo alumni acceptance rate to the Ivy Leagues, 2.91x higher than the global average


Academic journals that have published our students’ work


Mentors from the world's leading universities

How Indigo Research supports students

Turn passion into publication

Develop a high-impact research paper with expert guidance from a mentor at a top university, transforming your academic passion into a tangible, published, collegiate level achievement.

Cultivate intellectual curiosity outside class

Dive deep into your academic passion, gaining advanced, real-world knowledge and skills that go far beyond the typical high school or even undergrad curriculum. Make research your strongest extracurricular.

Transform your university applications

Stand out in the admissions process with a distinctive, academically rigorous project — talk about it in essays, activity lists, interviews, and in your CV. We’ll even help you send your paper to admissions officers directly!

Forge connections with elite academics

Mentors and students often build close working relationships, allowing students access to invaluable networks, insights, and even recommendation letters when it comes time to apply to college.

Earn college credit from UCSB

Start college early and save time later with 2 transferable  credits and a transcript from UCSB’s extension school, earned upon completion and presentation of your research at our Indigo Academic Conference.
Only 10 spots available per each course session!
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Indigo Alumni Admission Rates

Produce exceptional, publishable research, and get admitted to top schools.
at Harvard
Standard Acceptance Rate: 3%
at Stanford
Standard Acceptance Rate: 4%
at Cambridge
Standard Acceptance Rate: 19%
at Oxford
Standard Acceptance Rate: 14%
at Columbia
Standard Acceptance Rate: 4%
at Penn
Standard Acceptance Rate: 11%
at NYU
Standard Acceptance Rate: 8%
Standard Acceptance Rate: 11%

Why students and parents choose Indigo

We offer the most customizable research experience for high schoolers, led by Harvard, Oxford and Stanford alumni.
Our curriculum was designed at Harvard and recognized at the annual MLA Convention
All Indigo programs offer credit from the University of California (UCSB)
Our mentors are professors and postgrads from the best global universities
We have partnered with the New York Academy of Sciences to launch the premier academic journal for high schoolers!

Why consider doing research

Contribute to
Your Field
No matter your passion, Indigo Research will help you turn it into real-world contributions to your field by working with you to develop your expertise and publish your findings in academic journals.
Make Your College
Applications Stand Out
When you're applying to college as a high school student, research experience will demonstrate your intellectual curiosity, academic talent,
and expertise in tackling complex projects.
Study with
Top Professors
You’ll be guided by faculty or researchers from top US and UK universities who work at the cutting edge of their fields.
Your Expertise
By doing research in high school, you’ll develop the analytical, writing, and research techniques needed to advance through college, graduate school, and beyond.

Get access to mentors from
top US & UK universities

Stanford University
Stanford University
Columbia University
Columbia University
Yale University
Yale University
Brown University
Brown University
University of Oxford
University of Oxford
King’s College London
King’s College London
University of Cambridge
University of Cambridge

What makes Indigo Research different

Flexible Schedule
We offer you the freedom to set your own schedule, allowing you to balance your research with other commitments. Flexibility is key – start anytime and learn at your own pace with Indigo Research.
Passion-Driven Study
Explore your interests and choose any research topic you want, be it Data Science, Psychology, Art, or beyond. Fuel your passion and expand your horizons – the possibilities are endless!
Targeted Outcomes
With Indigo Research, you always start by setting clear goals, such as getting published in a research journal, presenting at a conference, or gaining acceptance into your dream university. With a purpose in mind, your research will take shape and bring you closer to reaching your aspirations, in high school and beyond.
Outstanding Partners
Our partnerships with The New York Academy of Sciences, The International High School Journal of Research, and Crimson Education – the world's leading university admissions consultancy – bring you opportunities to connect and grow with the best in the field.

First, research with us.
Then, get admitted
to top schools.

# of our students who have been accepted to:
UPenn | The University
of Pennsylvania
The University of Cambridge
The University of Oxford
University of St Andrews
Stanford University
Brown University
Our students have been accepted to:
Cornell University
Harvard University
Yale University
Princeton University
Dartmouth College
MIT | The Massachusetts Institute
of Technology

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your top schools to our list?

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When to start

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Middle School

Develop extracurriculars and research skills to prepare young minds for college and beyond.

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High School

Strengthen college applications though
a unique research project and develop professional skills along the way.

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Graduate School

Lay the foundation for thesis work, publish your findings, and expand your CV through research and professional support.

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How to apply

Tell us you're interested

Fill out the application form to get in touch with us.

the application

Upload a CV and school transcript,
if available.

Meet with your advisor

Together we’ll discuss your application and decide which program is right for you.

Meet your mentor

Once accepted to the program,
we’ll look through our portfolio
of mentors to find you the best match.

Start your research journey

Let’s get to work on your research project!


Hear from our students

David X.
Harrow School, UK

“Working with a professor gave me more freedom and independence in decision making and where I wanted to take the project. The expertise also meant that I could always have ideas reviewed and concepts clarified. My experience with Indigo Research has been truly unique and insightful and has allowed me to push my own interests beyond my original boundaries”

Illarion I.
Lyceum "Second School", Russia

“This program allowed me to acquire knowledge in the field of organizing research work, to understand how the task is formulated and the experiment is conducted. Doing research opens up a new vision of many subjects. For me this is the story of the development of my passion for Computer Science, as well as the discovery of a new interest in mathematics”

Lilit A.
Glendale High School, US

“This course has given me the opportunities to improve my skills,
to connect with experienced mentors,
and has taught me how to better manage my time. I'd recommend this program to future students because it gave me valuable experience for the future. I plan to go into neurosurgery, so taking this course gave me a detailed look at what I'd be dealing with”

Eden C.
Good Hope School, Hong Kong

“Research is a journey of learning and discovering, and you should definitely maximize the experience by picking an interesting and challenging topic. Don’t pick a topic that is too complicated though. Know your limits, and don’t make yourself feel pressured. Most importantly, be sure to enjoy the experience!”

Jeremy N.
Haileybury College, Australia

“Working with my mentor and with Indigo Research has deepened my understanding of the publishing process and of conducting research. I've gained invaluable insight into academic medicine”

Aryaman S.
British International School, Vietnam

“It’s been great working with my Indigo Research Mentor! I have been able to learn from his experience with research projects, learn about a new field of research, and incorporate some tips my mentor has figured out along the way in his PhD in my research project”

Meet a few Indigo mentors

Our mentors have been carefully selected for their outstanding academic backgrounds from leading UK & US universities, extensive teaching experience, and a rare ability to inspire and accelerate the growth of scholars.
Dr. Ceyhun E.
Columbia University
Economics at Columbia University, Lecturer
Economics at Bogazici University, Professor
Research interests: Applied Macroeconomics, Economic Growth, Political Economics
Dr. Nora I.
Columbia University
Psychology at Columbia University. Professor
Psychology at Now York University, Professor
Research interests: Cognitive Psychology. Psychology of Language, Electroencephalography
Dr. Vladimir A.
Chemistry at MIT, Postdoctoral Researcher
Chemistry at Martin-Luther University, former postdocs
Research interests: Peptide-protein Interactions, Drug Development, Heterogeneous Catalysi
Dr. Kif L.
Stanford University
Genetics at Stanford University, Researcher, Instructor and DEl Leader
Awarded Fellow, European Molecular Biology Organization
Research interests: Epigenetics, Skin Biology, Microbiology
Dr. Timur I.
Northwestern University
Chemistry at Northwestern University, Assistant Professor
Lead Research Scientist, UL Research Institutes (Materials Discovery Research Institute)
Research interests: Chemistry, Water Purification, Metal-Organic Frameworks
Dr. Andrea G.
Imperial College London
Thermofluids — Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London, Lecturer
Previously Rolls-Royce Rescarch Associate, Engincering Department at the University of Cambridge
Research interests: Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electromagnetism, Nanomaterial Science
Dr. Michellana J.
Global Economics and Management Group, MIT Sloan School of Business, Lecturer
Oversees Global Entrepreneurship Lab (G-Lab) and Hacking the Future (HIF) at MIT
Research interests: Entrepreneurship, Business, Innovation, Emerging Markets
Adrian B.
Harvard University
PhD student, Chemical Biology, Harvard; BS with Honors in Molecular Bio from Yale
Completed advanced research at Northwestern University while still in high school
Research interests: Molecular, Cellular, Chemical, Developmental Biology, Genetics

Our mentors

Vladimir A
Vladimir A.
PhD from Friedrich-Alexander University
Currently works at MIT

Research interests: Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Catalysis, Carbon-Based Materials

Vladimir graduated from Moscow State University, Chemistry Department in 2017, during his Bachelor/Master. He has visited Utrecht University to study solid-state NMR and its application for protein research, Friedrich-Alexander University to work on synthesis of sp2-carbon-based materials, and Novartis to work on bioconjugates. In 2018, he moved to Friedrich-Alexander University to continue his studies on carbon materials as a PhD student. After his thesis defense in 2019, he began his Postdoc at Martin-Luther University to work on heterogeneous catalysis. In 2022, he joined Pentelute group at MIT, where he is currently working on peptide-protein interactions and drug development.

Jeanne-Marie J
Jeanne-Marie J.
PhD from Yale
Currently works at Johns Hopkins University

Research interests: Russian Language and Literature, Russian History, African Literature and History, Philosophy, Comparative Literature, European History

Professor Jeanne-Marie J. research spans Russian language and literature, Russian history, African literature and history, Philosophy, Comparative literature, and European history. Her first book, South African Literature's Russian Soul, is centrally concerned with how Russia's nineteenth-century "Golden Age" of literature and ideas provides a model for the study of South African realist forms and epistemologies, both during and after apartheid. Her second book, The African Novel of Ideas, tells a story of how the novel has negotiated between liberal selfhood and awareness of liberalism's failings across key African intellectual contexts.

Eric S
Eric S.
Ph.D. from Cornell University
Currently works at Morgan State University

Research interests: Machine Learning, Computer Systems, Bioinformatics

Dr. Eric S. has BS, MS, and PhD degrees from Cornell University. His research includes work in dynamical systems, machine learning, system theory, computer systems, communications systems and bioinformatics. He is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Morgan State University, a public research university in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Eric S. also has a breadth of industry experience in the fields of pattern recognition, machine learning, speech recognition, signal processing and power systems. He has been a participating member of the IEEE, Sigma Xi, and Sigma Pi Sigma. Dr. Eric S. is currently working on machine learning techniques for financial data analysis and blockchain applications and is currently a member of the Morgan State University Fintech Center for Blockchain Technology.

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