Upper School

Advancing Critical Thinking

academic research program prepares students to activate ideas that matter to the world


The Academic Research Program encourages students to question and explore in a way that sparks their curiosity to discover and learn throughout their lives. The program empowers students to turn questions into real life research that makes a difference to the world.

Each student’s ARP turns their passions and interests into research that advances their learning beyond the classroom. Through the ARP our students work with mentors in the community to find their answers, and conduct scholarly research on-campus and off.

This advanced curriculum helps students make discoveries that lead to astonishing outcomes and teaches them practical research skills they’ll use in college and for the rest of their lives.

Since its inception in 2013, projects have included looking at models of renewable energy for the city of Detroit; examining treatments for multiple sclerosis; investigating how “buy local” marketing campaigns can impact urban neighborhoods; researching the factors that would determine the success of the fledgling National Women’s Soccer League; exploring race-related factors that affect breast cancer rates in the United States; looking at how the black market for ivory in China affects elephant poaching in Africa and the potential for harvested rainwater to charge cell phones.

The Celebration of Research caps off the project for seniors as they showcase their work and reach the end of their University Liggett School academic journey.

Academic Research Project at University Liggett School