The Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
The Alpha Program at the Technion provides talented and gifted students with the ultimate science experience - research under the tutelage of experienced researchers.The Program’s goal is to create a young and high-caliber community of researchers that will be involved in the science industry from an early stage. Participants’ research subjects will be selected from the scientific fields taught at the Technion, and the research itself will be implemented using advanced tools in the Technion’s research laboratories.
The Program is held at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, within the frameworks of the Department for Science and Technology-oriented Youth. This is a three-year program, during which participants will acquire skills such as high-order thinking, research project planning and implementation, data analysis and presentation - in writing and aloud. Participants will also be exposed to peers of all walks of life, who share one thing in common: a passionate thirst for science.
The Program is intended for talented and gifted students who are in the 9th grade during the 2019-2020 academic year and possess high abilities to learn, are curious about the sciences, mature, responsible, great at managing their time, are highly motivated to achieve academic success, and exhibit respectful and accepting behavior.
The Program’s Structure
The Program is comprised of three main “pillars”:
Personal accompaniment and scientific guidance while in a research laboratory, by a personal advisor who is a Technion doctoral student or staff member.
Acquisition of research and academic writing skills, to enable students to write, hand in and receive feedback on a final project, by professional academic staff members.
An educational-social group program that provides value and experience, as run by a professional, social staff.
The stages of the Technion’s Alpha Program are as follows:
- The admissions process - a national exam, followed by an internal science examination and evaluation stage, and a summer admissions camp.
- During the 10th grade - research work, individual meetings with personal advisors and group sessions with other students. Submission of a research proposal to the Ministry of Education.
- Post 10th grade - a summer research camp that includes laboratory work and social bonding activities.
- During the 11th grade - research work, individual meetings with personal advisors and group sessions with other students. Continued work and writing of the research project and submission of a 5-point-level final project to the Ministry of Education, for matriculation purposes.
During the 12th grade - a national enrichment program in the field of science communications, and the opportunity to expand research projects.
The Admissions Process
The first stage
Registration via the website between 17.11.2019 - 19.1.2020.
After beginning the registration process, you will receive an e-mail with your username and password.
Enter the website’s My Profile section and add the following documents:
- A photo
- 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 Future Scientists Test - will be held at the Technion on the following date: 28.01.2020.
Once you have registered, you will be invited to take the test at the institution you registered at.
The Future Scientists Test is a national admissions test prepared by the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation.
What will you be tested on?
Please read the instructions and explanations carefully, in order to be as prepared for the test as possible.
Click here to receive important instructions regarding the test in Hebrew.
Click here to receive important instructions regarding the test 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
An English-language science admissions test will be held at the Technion on 26.03.2020 at 14:00. Only those students who have passed the Future Scientists Test will be invited to this admissions stage.
The fourth stage
Individual interviews, for students who successfully passed the third stage.
Participation in the camp in its entirety is mandatory.
The fifth stage
A summer camp - two weeks in dormitory conditions at the Technion (an admissions stage). The camp will be held on the following dates: 2.08 - 14.08.2020.
Candidates must attend all days of the camp in order to continue their participation in the Program. Only those students who successfully complete the summer camp, meet all requirements and finish all tasks will be accepted to the Program.