Ben Gurion University of the Negev
The Alpha Program at Ben Gurion University of the Negev is a unique program for talented and gifted high school students (post 9th grade) that enables its participants to integrate into the contemporary world of scientific research. The Program was formulated in order to meet the unique needs of talented and gifted students, while enriching their scientific knowledge base, exposing them to high-level scientific research, and enabling them to acquire the skills they need to formulate independent, academic-level scientific research and projects.
The goal of this Program is to offer talented and gifted students a significant intellectual experience, together with social activities (including emotional support), in order to enable them to simultaneously develop along both of these planes. Within the frameworks of this program, the students are given the opportunity to experience exciting intellectual challenges, and take part in interactive social activities with talented and gifted students from across the country.
Within the framework of the Program, the students write a research project. This project can replace a matriculation exam in one of the advanced (five-points) science subjects, or stand on its own as an advanced subject on the student’s matriculation certificate.
The Program is intended for students entering the 10th grade in 2020 who possess high levels of motivation and great interest in the scientists. Participants should also be extremely curious and determined.
Multidisciplinary science track
The multidisciplinary science track is designed to expose students to the broadest possible range of knowledge in the fields of physics, chemistry and mathematics. During their first year, students learn the fundamentals of these scientific fields. In their second year, emphasis is placed on the field of chemistry. In their third year, emphasis is placed on the field of physics. During their final year, students focus on the field of mathematics. In addition, the students take part in several labs and biochemistry courses, at various points throughout their participation in the program.
Computer science and cyber track
The cyber track at Ben Gurion University places emphasis on the development of scientific and analytic thinking the world of computers and cyber, development of mathematical thinking, complex problem solving and research-oriented thinking. In addition, the track is designed to impart real life experience upon students through projects and research, and increasing students’ motivation to work in the fields of computers and cyber.
The track includes a variety of courses and workshops in the fields of computer science, mathematics and information security.
Thursdays from 9:00 to 18:00, throughout the academic year. In addition, leadership days, tours, workshops and joint activities with other Odyssey programs around the country are held during Chanukah, Passover and summer vacations
The Admissions Process
The program’s admissions process, and 2021 candidate testing process is as follows:
The process is simultaneous for both tracks, at the end of which, students who passed the tests are accepted into one of the two tracks.
Registration for the program is between the following dates: 17.11.19- 19.01.20
The first national test, the Future Scientists Test - will take place at Ben Gurion University on 10.2.2020 and 12.2.2020.
Students who successfully pass the first test will be notified via e-mail and will be invited to take part in the second stage of testing.
The second test - the Talpiot Test - Will take place at Ben Gurion University on 06.05.2020.
The summer preparatory admissions course - Will take place on the following dates: 28.6.2020 - 12.7.2020.
*Changes may be made to the dates of the various tests.
Students accepted to the summer course will fill out a questionnaire, in which they will indicate their preferred track. Their preference will be taken into account when filling track spots.
A recommendation from the student’s school.
The student’s most recent school report card, indicating their high level of achievement and positive feedback on learning and behavioral conduct.
Proof of having successfully passed all admissions tests.
Successful completion of the summer preparatory course: having passed final examinations and demonstrated appropriate behavior.
*The program’s staff reserves the right to invite candidates and their parents to meetings, as part of the admissions process.
For more information on the Jusidman Center for Science-oriented Youth at Ben Gurion University, click here.
Ben Gurion University Program Staff
Yaarit Plato - Odyssey Program Coordinator
Dr. Ziona Elkayam Cohen - Principal of the Center and Head of the Program’s Science Track
Dr. Irina Revayev - Academic Principal of the Cyber Track
Dr. Ahuva Shakuf - Academic Principal of the Mathematics Track
Dr. Oshrah Sapir - Academic Principal of the Chemistry Track
Gila Manevitz-Malul - Educational Counselor