Tel Aviv University for Youth
The Alpha Program at Tel Aviv University for Youth is a unique program for talented and gifted high school students that enables its participants to integrate into the world of advanced scientific research. The Program was formulated in order to respond to the unique needs of these students by enriching their knowledge of the science world, exposing them to high-level scientific research and enabling them to acquire the skills they need to delve into independent scientific research and academic-level research projects. The concept behind the Program is the offering of significant intellectual experiences combined with social activities that enable students to simultaneously develop on both planes.
This track enables students to take part in various forms of learning and complete a science research project worth five points towards their 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 for matriculation purposes.
The Alpha Program at Tel Aviv University for Youth is intended for talented and gifted 9th grade students who possess high levels of motivation and interest in the sciences. The Program enables high school students to execute scientific research projects under the tutelage of the university’s best researchers. Its goal is to create a community of young, high-caliber researchers that will integrate into the science industry at an early stage.
The Program’s Structure
The Alpha Program at Tel Aviv University for Youth spans the course of two years and comprises four stages:
The first summer camp - following the 9th grade (an admissions stage).
The first year of research - during the 10th grade. Click here to view the Program’s dates.
The second summer camp - 12 - 24.07.2020.
The second year of research - during the 11th grade. Click here to view the Program’s dates.
The final summer camp - Dates will be made public later on.
This track enables students to take part in various forms of learning and complete a science research project worth five points towards their 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 f
Creation of a young community of researchers
The camp serves as a preparatory and admissions framework ahead of the research workshop, during which the students are exposed to a variety of fields of research, which some of them will delve into within the framework of the Program. The camp spans the course of 12 days, including a weekend, and the students stay in the university’s dormitories (At Tel Aviv University and Kfar HaYarok). The summer program is mostly dedicated towards exposure and enrichment in science fields, and providing an initial encounter with the world of academic research. This, alongside enriching social activities, such as workshops, tours and hikes.
The camp is part of the admissions process, propr to the research workshop.
Click here for more information on the camp.
10th grade - The first year of research
Acquisition of tools for scientific research and writing
A 7-10 session-long methodological workshop that takes place over the course of the 10th grade, during which students formulate their research subjects, write their research proposals and begin their project’s literary review.
Click here for more information on the research workshop.
Post 10th grade - The second summer camp
Integration into research laboratories and execution of the research stage
An additional summer camp that takes place at the end of the Program’s first year and includes practical lab work. During this stage, the students begin to work with personal advisors, and integrate practical research into their research project. They examine their hypotheses, measure variables, run experiments, and more. The students also take part in a leadership-oriented social program.
11th grade - The second year of research
(Research projects are submitted towards the end of March)
During the Program’s second year, the students finish writing their research projects, under the tutelage and guidance of personal advisors and the Program’s coordinator. In addition, all of the students take part in group forums, while continuing to gather data and write up their research findings. By the end of the yearand after receiving feedback from their personal advisors, the students submit their research projects for review (according to the Ministry of Education’s guidelines).
The Admissions Process
The first stage
Registration via the website between 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 Future Scientists Test, the Alpha Program’s psychotechnical exam, will be held during the months of January and February - Once you have completed the registration process, you will be invited to a specific test date via e-mail.
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
A second admissions test will be held on the following date: 26.03.2020.
A personal interview will take place between the following dates: 10 - 11.05.2020.
The fourth stage
A summer camp will be held between the following dates: 12 - 24.07.2020. Attendance is mandatory for the entire duration of the camp.
Students who successfully complete the summer camp, meet all requirements and hand in all tasks will continue and take part in the 10th grade research workshop and research project process.