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CTY Cogito Research Award

Posted October 29, 2015

The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) and Cogito established the CTY Cogito Research Awards in 2013 to enable bright middle- and high-school students to conduct research in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. A committee composed of Johns Hopkins CTY faculty selects students who submit the most compelling, promising research proposals. Up to 10 award winners will be chosen each year.

These students will receive grants to help cover expenses associated with their research projects and will be paired with a mentor who will support them virtually through the research process. This program is an important part of Cogito’s mission to foster the development of the world’s most promising young scientists and create a community that includes peers as well as working scientists and mathematicians.

– Awards are intended to cover research costs.
– Amount of awards: up to $600.
– Award winners will be paired with a virtual mentor from JHU CTY faculty.
– All Cogito members who will still be pre-college students when the awards are announced in January are eligible to apply.*
– Winners will be announced in early January.
– CTY Cogito Award winners will chart the progress of their research on the website.

* Cogito membership is available to all CTY students ages 13 to 18, as well as SET members of all ages. Cogito also accepts nominations for other students from teachers and other educational organizations. Read about that here. For more information about these awards, or if you have questions about Cogito membership, please e-mail [email protected]

How to Apply

A downloadable application will posted within the Cogito Community each year on September 1. (Remember, you must be a Cogito member to apply, and only Cogito members have access to the Cogito Community.) On their application, students must include a summary of the research idea, how the research will be conducted, the possible real-world impact of the research, and a statement of how the research funds would be spent. Students may enter as an individual or as a team. Each student may submit only one application, individually or as part of a team; additional applications may result in disqualification. A signed parental-consent form, also available for download, is required for the application to be considered. Completed applications must be emailed to [email protected] by the deadline, 6 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on October 31.

Selection Process

A committee of Johns Hopkins CTY faculty members will select the CTY Cogito Research Award winners. The committee members will consider the overall quality and creativity of the proposals, paying particular attention to proposals for projects in their particular field of expertise. Selection Committee members may also seek the advice and counsel of JHU faculty from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Nursing, the Applied Physics Laboratory, and the Whiting School of Engineering before the final selection.

CTY and Cogito encourage research proposals in a diverse range of subject areas. As a secondary selection criterion, the selection committee may consider the distribution of the awards by subject matter. Please note that research that includes the use of human subjects is not permitted. The United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) defines a human research subject as a living individual about whom a research investigator (whether a professional or a student) obtains data through (1) intervention or interaction with the individual, or (2) identifiable private  information.

CTY Cogito Research Award Mentors

After the CTY Cogito Research Award winners are chosen, each winner will be paired with a member of the JHU CTY faculty in a relevant field who will provide virtual guidance to the winner as the project develops. Award winners who already have a mentor may choose to forgo this part of the award. Faculty sponsors for selected projects are expected to monitor and support the projects as they progress, and to help the award winner submit the final report. Please note that the winner’s contact with his or her mentor will not be in person, but through phone and e-mail correspondence. This award does not provide an on-site internship at Johns Hopkins University.

Requirements for Award Winners

– Each winner will post a page on the site with a photo and a summary of his or her project, and update this page as the project progresses.
– Each winner will submit a final report documenting how the project was conducted, what he or she learned, and how the funds were spent.
– Each winner will post an acknowledgment of any mentors who assisted them on the project and a bibliography of any sources of information consulted to conduct or inform the research.


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