AP Research with Dr. Malhotra
The AP Research: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) course is an advanced and high level course with a goal to build independent and critical thinkers in STEM areas.
Although Thousand Oaks High School has two pathways for AP Research, Humanities/Social Science and STEM, the transcript does not reflect a difference and students are encouraged to select a course that best suits their interests and passions.
All AP Research-STEM students must register for the course in Schoology before the first day of classes in August: Schoology Login
Online Lab Safety Quiz: All students must have passed the online lab safety quiz before the first day of school.
Process and Reflection Portfolio (PREP) notebook: All students must maintain and revise a PREP notebook throughout the year.
This portfolio notebook should be reviewed throughout the year as a formative assessment component of the course and should be maintained by the student as evidence of participating in research to show to academic counselors, college admission officers, and faculty members.
During their research and investigation, students are expected to reach out to highly qualified expert advisors, collaborate with scientists/expert advisers (approved by the The Center) from local colleges, universities and industry. All students are required to use primary and secondary research to complete a detailed research project in AP Research this year. While working toward their research projects, they are expected to practice good work ethics and use critical thinking skills throughout the course. However, students interested in conducting lab research over summer or next year, must meet all the pre-requisites this year and have a proof of acceptance into a professional lab by the end of this year.
1-year and 2-year Research Pathways for Junior and Senior Year
Links to Academic Competitions, Summer Programs, etc. Start here if interested in furthering your research or look at The Center's Senior Culminating Experience page for information on what senior year looks like if you are 1) Giving back to the/a community or 2) proposing a solution.
Institutional Review Board (IRB):
All student research proposals must be submitted and approved by IRB before the research/project can begin. IRB meeting dates will be posted in the class; the committee meets three times per year. Before submitting to the IRB:
- Make sure your project adheres to the requirements of the course
- Common scientific vocabulary terms to help you navigate your research
- 2017-18 IRB Submission form:
- IRB Submission Schedule:
- November 15, 2017
- December 21, 2017
- IRB Submission Schedule:
AP Research students must complete the lab safety training, watch lab safety videos and pass the lab safety test before working in the lab.
Some of the lab safety information can be found through:
CSUCI Safety Video 1
CSUCI Safety Video 2
General Lab Safety
Proper Glove Removal
Cleaning up an Acid Spill
Fume Hood Safety, Teach, Learn and Practice Science Safety
College Board Submission Requirements:
In AP Research -STEM course, the inquiry and research will lead to the following products:
(1) 4,000-5,000 words Academic Paper: College Board Model Papers with Reader Commentary
(2) PREP notebook
(3) a professional poster board
(4) a 20 minute presentation and oral defense to the panel of evaluators.
(5) Final Showcase for presenting their findings to the STEM professionals
Academic Paper Scoring Rubric 2017-18
To get more information, check out the AP Research Course and Exam Description.
Helpful Research Links to use for Literature Review:
AP Research students are expected to use peer-reviewed papers for their literature reviews; they can use any of the open access journals available online.
Directory of Open Access Journals
Scientific Writing and Formatting:
AP Research-STEM students must use the APA format for their academic writing assignments. Here are a few good links to get started on conducting an investigation and writing a research paper on it:
Guideline for Writing a Scientific Paper
Conducting a Scientific Investigation
Journal of Young Investigators
Students can also check out the AP Research folder in the Google Drive and skim through different labs, assignments, rubrics, handouts, guidelines etc. If you cannot access the Google drive, please let me know ASAP!
Plagiarism and Falsification or Fabrication of Information Policy: (p. 62, Course and Exam Description)
A student who incorporates falsified or fabricated information (e.g. evidence, data, sources, and/or authors) will receive a score of 0 on that particular component of the AP Research Performance Task.
A student who fails to acknowledge the source or author of any and all information or evidence taken from the work of someone else through citation, attribution or reference in the body of the work, or through a bibliographic entry, (i.e., through citation, through attribution, by reference, and/or through acknowledgement in a bibliographic entry) will receive a score of 0 on that particular component of the AP Research Performance Assessment Task.
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