Weizmann Institute of Science
The Alpha Program for talented and gifted 9th grade graduates was launched at the Davidson Center for Scientific Education, the educational branch of the Weizmann Institute of Science, in collaboration with the Future Scientists Center and funded by the Maimonides Fund and the Ministry of Education - the Department for Talented and Gifted Students. Within the frameworks of this Program, the students take part in research in the Weizmann Institute of Science’s innovative laboratories, under the tutelage of top-tier scientists - from Israel and abroad. The Program also includes summer camps in the Youth Village located within the heart of Weizmann Institute of Science’s campus. Their stay at the Youth Village provides them with a unique experience that promotes the creation of a true community of science-oriented youth.
The Alpha Program at the Weizmann Institute of Science is intended for talented and gifted post 9th graders who are highly motivated and highly interested in the sciences.
Alpha is a two-year program for students in the 10th and 11th grades, that takes place in the Davidson Center for Scientific Education on the Weizmann Institute of Science’s campus. The Program’s students are exposed to central questions pertaining to the various fields of science - physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, computer science and interdisciplinary research. They are educated in a manner that evokes thinking, asking questions, and developing research capabilities, as suited to their academic needs. The Program integrates social and moral-oriented activities aimed at nurturing a sense of ethicism, leadership, motivation and teamwork within each and every student. We endeavor to create a community of Program alumni that will contribute to society in the future. Within the framework of the Program, the students are integrated into the laboratories of some of the best researchers at the Weizma Institute, and benefit from their guidance.
Post 9th grade - the first research summer camp - 21.6-3.7.2020
The goal of the camp is to expose Program participants to the world of scientific research. The exposure is created by attending scientists’ lectures, visiting research laboratories and taking part in advanced experiments, within the Weizmann Institute of Science’s labs, as well as in labs located off-campus. This broad exposure will contribute to the students’ educated decision-making with respect to the field and subject of the research they will ultimately engage in, at the end of the camp.
With respect to the participants’ social-moral development, we will focus on them getting to know one and other and coming together as a group, as well as on guidelines for the generation of respectable conversation. During the camp, participants will take part in social activities and hikes as well.
10th grade - the first year of research
The students work on individual research projects in Weizmann Institute of Science laboratories, under the tutelage of personal advisors. With respect to the participants’ social-moral development, emphasis will be placed on the acquisition of social skills, communication skills and personal & interpersonal empowerment.
Over the course of the year, four two-day sessions are held. They include overnight stays at the Youth Village located on the Weizmann Institute of Science’s campus.
Post 10th grade - the second research summer camp - two weeks - 12-23.7.2020
This camp is dedicated towards the continuation of personal research projects. During the camp, participants take part in social activities, volunteer work and hikes, to become better acquainted with Israel and its people.
11th grade - completion of the research project and its presentation at a scientific conference
The students will finish writing up their personal research projects and will present them at a scientific conference, to be held at the Davidson Center for Scientific Education, located within the Weizmann Institute of Science, in front of scientists and educators. The goal of the conference is to provide the students with an opportunity to present their unique and innovative work, and experience being a researcher by presenting their findings to their peers. What’s more, the students’ work will be presented on posters and in abstracts, as is customary in the science world. With respect to the participants’ social-moral development, emphasis will be placed on leadership, social involvement and contribution to the community.
Over the course of the year, four two-day sessions are held. They include overnight stays at the Youth Village located on the Weizmann Institute of Science’s campus
Within the frameworks of the Program, the students are exposed to a variety of research fields at the Weizmann Institute of Science, through intensive days, lectures, panels and scientific experimentation, in the Institute’s laboratories. These experiences vastly contribute to the participants’ educated selection of their personal research subject. The Weizmann Institute of Science is one of the world’s leading scientific research centers (basic and multidisciplinary) with respect to the natural and exact sciences alike. The Institute is home to a wide variety of scientific research spanning across many scientific fields, with an emphasis on multidisciplinary research. The Weizmann Institute of Science is ranked among the top ten research centers in the world, with respect to the quality of research engaged in on site.
The Institute is home to five faculties, each with several departments under its auspices:
The Faculty of Biology
The Department of Immunology, The Department of Molecular Cell Biology, The Department of Biological Regulation, The Department of Veterinary Resources, and The Department of Neurobiology.
The Faculty of Chemistry
The Department of Chemical and Biological Physics, The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, The Department of Materials and Interfaces, The Department of Organic Chemistry, The Department of Structural Biology, and The Department of Chemical Research Support.
The Faculty of Biochemistry
The Department of Biological Services, The Department of Biomolecular Sciences, The Department of Molecular Genetics, The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, and The Structural Proteomics Unit.
The Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
The Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, The Department of Mathematics.
The Faculty of Physics
The Department of Physics of Complex Systems, The Department of Condensed Matter Physics, The Department of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, and The Physics Services Unit..
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 Davidson Center on the following date: 28.01.20.
Students who successfully pass the Future Scientists Test will be asked to provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher or educator and a written essay (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 during the month of April and will include a scientific test in English and a personal interview. Only those students who passed the previous stage will be invited to take part.
The fourth stage
A summer camp that will take place on the following dates: 21.6 - 03.7.2020.
Participation in the camp in its entirety is mandatory and serves as a condition for 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.