The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Alpha Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is intended for talented and gifted students who possess high levels of motivation and interest in the sciences. The Program enables high school students to engage in scientific research projects, under the tutelage of the university’s best researchers. The goal: create a young and high-caliber community of researchers that will become involved in the science industry at an early stage.
Within the framework of the Program, students can specialize in subjects and fields that are unique to academia in general and to the Hebrew University in particular, including: astrophysics, earth sciences, physics, chemistry, nanotechnology, biomedicine, neuroscience, zoology, microbiology, genetic engineering, robotics, Game Theory, computers, and more. The students study in groups according to their areas of interest and the subjects of their research, and are exposed to central subjects within their specialties.
The Alpha Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for Youth is intended for talented and gifted 9th grade students who are highly motivated and interested in the sciences.
The Program’s Structure
The Program includes:
- Personal guidance and scientific instruction in a research laboratory setting.
- The acquisition of research skills for the purpose of submitting and presenting a research project.
- Specialization in the selected field and its content.
- A social program in a group setting.
The Program is held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in the Belmonte Science Laboratories Center on the Edmond J. Safra Campus.
The Program’s structure enables students to experience various learning cycles and complete a science research project worth five points towards their high school matriculation, under the tutelage and instruction of professionals. The research project can replace a matriculation exam in one of the advanced science subjects, or stand on its own as an advanced subject.
The Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem spans two years, and is comprised of four stages:
- The first summer camp - following the 9th grade.
- The first year of research - during the 10th grade.
- The second summer camp - following the 10th grade.
- The second year of research - during the 11th grade.
The first, two week-long summer camp will take place at the University. Within the frameworks of the camp, students will actively be exposed to a variety of scientific fields - in laboratory and field settings. They will also meet with researchers and take part in many interactive activities. This is an admissions camp that will determine whether the student will integrate into the Program and begin researching. Students will sleep in dormitories on the Edmund J. Safra (Givat Ram)
campus in Jerusalem.
For more information on the first summer camp, click here.
The first year (10th grade) - First steps into the world of scientific research
Over the course of this year, a few research workshops will be held, during which we will strengthen scientific reading and writing skills, higher-order thinking skills, the practical planning and execution of research projects and data analysis. We will also acquire the skills necessary for presenting research projects in writing and aloud. The students will also learn scientific background regarding their selected field, and will work in teams with advisors ahead of writing research proposals.
The research summer camp - Ahead of the 11th grade
The second summer camp is mostly intended for intensive work on the research project with the students’ advisors, in accordance with their research proposals. In addition, the camp is full of exciting social activities, some of which will be chosen and planned by the students.
The second year (11th grade) - Advanced research and a summary
The second year serves as a direct continuation of the summer camp. At its start, students will complete the practical stage of their research and will write it up, guided by their personal advisors and the Program’s staff. At the end of the year, they will hand in a written summary of their work and will present it within the framework of a large, festive event. In addition, we will encourage the Program’s participants and help them apply to national research contests.
The Admissions Process
The first stage - Registration via the website on the following dates: 17.11.2019-19.01.2020.
During the month of January, you will receive an e-mail containing a username and password.
Enter the website’s My Profile section and add the following documents:
A recent school transcript (only a clearly scanned transcript that includes the student’s
name, the school’s name, and the school’s signature will count towards your candidacy).
Documentation indicating a learning disability for students requesting extra time for the first admissions exam (Future Scientists Test).
We recommend that all of the above materials be gathered as early as possible, so that they can be uploaded to your profile as soon as you are prompted to via e-mail, in January.
The second stage- The Alpha Program’s psychotechnical exam, the Future Scientists Test will be held on the following date: 07.02.20.
You can download test examples and explanations in Hebrew or in Arabic.
Students who successfully pass the Future Scientists Test will be asked to provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher or educator (a relevant link will be sent to the candidates), in order to advance to the next stage.
The third stage
This stage will take place after the holiday of Passover and will include a scientific orientation and thinking test.
The fourth stage- A summer admissions camp ahead of students’ entry into the 10th grade. The camp will take place on the following dates: 28.6 - 10.7.2020.
Only those students who successfully complete the summer camp, meet all requirements and finish all tasks, will be accepted to the Program.