About Us

Indigo Research is a group of scholars and educators brought together by the common goal of making research accessible to all. That’s why we decided to establish an education company with the potential to both inspire and transform the academic journeys of generations of students, by offering online research opportunities for high school students.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the foundation of ethical research and the bedrock of our work at Indigo Research. All Indigo Research students, parents, mentors, and team members are required to sign our Academic Honor Code, in keeping with standard practice at colleges, universities, and legitimate research institutions. Academic Honor Codes are designed to protect mentor's and student’s academic integrity and to ensure that Indigo Research continues to operate according to the highest standards of academic ethics and excellence.

In keeping with our rigorous academic integrity standards, Indigo Research cannot guarantee publication or student outcomes. It is our mission to support our students’ intellectual growth, both in their chosen fields and in their research methods.

Academic integrity in detail: 

Honor Code of Team Members

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Honor Code of Mentors

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Honor Code of Students & Parents

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GPT Policy

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Meet the Indigo Research Team

Jamie Beaton

MBA | Master of Business Administration, Stanford University

MA | Master's Degree in Applied Mathematics, Harvard University

BA | Bachelor's Degree in Applied Mathematics-Economics, Harvard University

Jamie is a co-founder and CEO of Crimson Education – a close partner of Indigo Research. Crimson Education is dedicated to levelling the playing field in world leading university admissions. The world’s most successful college admissions company, Crimson now boasts a global student community who are mentored and tutored by over 2,400 tutors who themselves have graduated from the world’s best universities including all Ivy Leagues, Stanford, MIT, Oxford and Cambridge.

Gabe Gladstein

- Master of Music, New England Conservatory of Music
- Bachelor's Degree in Government, Harvard University

Gabe created Indigo Research in 2019 after finding that students were searching for, but could not find – an accessible way to dig deeply into their academic passions with guidance from experts. Since then, Indigo Research has assisted over 700 students in 25+ disciplines, guided by over 200 mentors from many of the top 30 universities in the world. Originally Gabe applied to Harvard as a high school senior; deferred, then rejected. Developed a scholarly interest in Chinese Politics as a freshman at Tufts University.
Authored a 25-page research paper, highlighted as his top Common App activity. Reapplied as a transfer student to Harvard, and was accepted after submitting the research paper with his application.

Joani Etskovitz
Curriculum Lead

- Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University
- Master's Degree in English Literature, University of Oxford
- Master's Degree in British and European History, University of Oxford
- Bachelor's Degree in English Language and Literature, Princeton University

In the 2021-2022 academic year, Joani was recognized for her “distinction in teaching” in Harvard’s iconic “HUM 10” introduction to the humanities, which surveys foundational works of literature, from the Odyssey and The Shanameh through The Tale of Genji, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, and Invisible Man.

Laila Smith
Director of IRIS Program

- Master of Music, New England Conservatory of Music
- AB in Social Studies, Harvard University

Laila holds an AB in Social Studies with an emphasis on post-colonial theory and history from Harvard University, and an MM from the New England Conservatory in Jazz Voice. While in college, she held leadership roles on the Undergraduate Council, the Arts & Humanities Student Board, and a variety of activist organizations, including the Harvard Graduate Student Union.

Mahek Toosy
Head of Operations

- Master of Science in International Development, The University of Birmingham
- Bachelor's Degree in Economics, The University of Manchester

As the Operations Lead at Indigo Research, Mahek ensures the seamless running of day-to-day operations and manages a team of over 170 mentors. With a background in management consulting, CSR, and research, Mahek brings a wealth of experience to her role, having conducted fieldwork and primary data collection in Pakistan for her Master's dissertation at the University of Birmingham, where she studied youth voting behavior.

Alisa Arinovich
Head of Marketing & Sales

- Master's Degree in International Management, Business School RANEPA
- Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration, Lomonosov Moscow State University

As a Marketing Lead at Indigo Research Alisa oversees the marketing strategy and communications efforts. With 9+ years of experience in the EdTech industry, she has a deep understanding of both enterprise and startup environments. Driven by her passion for education, Alisa is dedicated to using her expertise to open up the world of learning to students everywhere and improve access to education.

Hiu Lam Leung
Senior Academic Advisor

- Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at University of East Anglia

Throughout her career, Lam has supported over 60 students in achieving impressive admissions results to top US and UK universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, UPenn, Berkeley, UCLA, Carnegie Mellon, LSE, Imperial, KCL and more! Her research focuses on Metacognitive Development in children. As a Senior Academic Advisor, Lam passionate about guiding students on their research journey and tailoring solid university admissions strategies.

Operations Associate

BM | Bachelor of Music in Popular Music Performance, The University of Southern California

Ren Martinez is an Operations Associate for Indigo Research. She is thankful to work in a field where she gets to contribute to greater academic opportunity for high school students across the globe. She attended the University of Southern California, where she studied voice and songwriting and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Popular Music Performance. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she lives there still, where she continues to make music as a singer-songwriter, perform on stage, and record as a voice actor. She is an avid reader, a devoted film-goer, and loves to spend time in nature, up in the mountains and down by the sea.

Our Values
Intellectual curiosity has the power to transform the world. With Indigo Research, you can learn how to shape that curiosity and mold it into
a finished product by researching, writing, revising, and publishing your findings on
a project of your choice.
Carrying out a high-level research project from conception to publication in high school will give you an edge over your peers by demonstrating your commitment to the pursuit of knowledge.
Our mentors are committed to keeping you
on track and motivated all along the way.
Our mentors will work with you to hone your ideas as you synthesize them into unique writing. Through your hard work, collaboration and Indigo Research support, you’ll develop
the skills to communicate high-caliber research with confidence.
We believe that studying a topic that you are passionate about is the key to producing your very best work. We'll help you turn that passion into real-world contributions to your field, all while developing your academic expertise in high school.