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Archer RISE Award

The Archer RISE Award honors exceptional young women for their innovative scientific research or engineering design projects that further existing knowledge or develop solutions to pressing scientific challenges.

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  • Awards

    All those who apply for the RISE Award are eligible for the following awards:  
    The Archer RISE Award: 
    • The Archer RISE Award honors the top young woman researcher or group of women researchers for their innovative scientific research or engineering design project that furthers existing knowledge or develops solutions to pressing scientific challenges.
    • 1 winner – $2,500
    The Archer Scientific Research Award: 
    • The Scientific Research Award honors exceptional young women for their commitment to innovation in tackling challenging scientific questions while using authentic research practices to further existing knowledge or develop solutions to pressing scientific challenges.
    • Up to 2 winners – $500 each
    The Archer Engineering & Technology Award: 
    • The Engineering & Technology Award honors exceptional young women for their innovative engineering and design projects that further existing knowledge or develop solutions to pressing scientific challenges. 
    • Up to 2 winners – $500 each
    Awards will be paid to the student’s educational institution of choice to cover costs of tuition and fees for the following year. If the winning project is completed by more than one student, the award will be equally split among students.
  • Eligibility

    To be eligible to apply for the RISE Award, all entrants must meet the following eligibility requirements: 
    1) To be eligible, you must be a girl, or a team of girls, attending a Los Angeles area high school.  

    2) All entrants must submit a detailed RISE Award Application (details below) with the required RISE Award Parental Consent Form (details below) by Monday, April 24, 2023, via email to stem@archer.org.  

    3) All entrants are required to attend the Archer STEM Symposium on Saturday, May 20, 2023, and present during the poster session. Please complete this poster submission form by Monday, April 24, 2023, in addition to your application. All students who submit this form will have space for their poster (36"x24") at the Symposium. Please do not mount posters on foam board so they can be easily hung at the event. Students will have the opportunity to stand by their poster and present their research to all interested parties. In addition, the Symposium Committee will review all poster submissions and invite a select number of students to present in the 15-minute break-out sessions. You will be notified by Monday, May 1, 2023, if you are invited to present during a 15-minute break-out session. 

    4) Entrants are required to enlist the support of a research advisor or mentor to guide their work. The mentor or advisor should be a trained professional in your field of study. 

    5) Only original and authentic works will be considered. Students conducting research at professional or university laboratories must submit an original project that is not part of an existing research project, grant, or thesis.
  • Selection Process

    1. Archer will confirm that all required documents are submitted (Rise Award Parental Consent Form, Archer Rise Award Application, and poster submission form) and eligibility requirements are met. 
    2. A team of STEM professionals will review all entrant applications to select the semi-finalists for the Archer RISE Award 
    3. Students will be informed if they were chosen as a semi-finalist for the Archer RISE Award.
    4. Semi-finalists for the Archer RISE Award will present their poster at the annual Archer Student STEM Symposium on Saturday, May 20, 2023, and answer questions from the panel of judges.
  • Judging Criteria

    The following qualities are considered when judging the Archer RISE Award:
    • Perseverance and tenacity
    • Technical achievement
    • Impact on the community
    • Original and creative thought
    • Application of mathematical reasoning or statistical analysis
  • Previous Winners

    2022 Archer RISE Award Winner 
    Evan Bowman ’22 (The Archer School for Girls)
    The Effects of Curcumin and Paeonol on Oxidative Stress induced by Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate in the Chicken Chorioallantoic Membrane Assay.

    2022 Archer Scientific Research Award Winners
    Olivia Jarvie ’22 (The Archer School for Girls)
    Snailed it! : The Effect of Helix aspersa Snail Mucus and Antimicrobial Bacterial Cellulose Hydrogel on Wound Healing in Caenorhabditis elegans 

    Karen Garcia ’23 (The Archer School for Girls)
    The Effect of Piperlongumine as an Inhibitor for the BRAF V600E Mutation from the Ras/MAPK Signaling Pathway in Caenorhabditis elegans

    2022 Archer Engineering & Technology Award Winners
    Katherine Lee ’22 (The Archer School for Girls)
    Detecting and Identifying Cell Debris and Foreign Material on Complex Medical Instruments through Neural Networks and Image Comparison

    Noa Wallock ’22 (The Archer School for Girls)
    Repairing Survivor Aftercare: Self-administered Intimate Sample Collection Device to Eliminate the Retraumatization of Sexual Assault Survivors

Apply for the Archer RISE Award

You must email your parental consent form and application to STEM@archer.org by Monday, April 24, 2023.

Application Requirements

Your Archer RISE Award Application document must:
  • Be typed, double-spaced, 12-point font with 1-inch margins
  • Contain a header in the upper right-hand corner that includes your last name, first initial followed by a space with a page number (example: Last, F. 2) 
  • Have all of the clearly-labeled sections described below; each section should meet the criteria listed
  • Be submitted as a .pdf file
  • Be no longer than 12 pages (Works Cited, References, and Acknowledgements section is not counted in this page limit)
  • Include in-line citation for all Works Cited and References (APA style)
  • Not include direct quotes from sources - describe what others have found in your own words
  • Be emailed to STEM@archer.org by the Monday, April 24, 2023, deadline - the subject line should be “2023 Archer RISE Award Application"

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  • RISE Award Parental Consent Form

    Please sign and submit a copy of the RISE Award Parental Consent Form for each applicant by Monday, April 24, 2023. If the project is completed by a team of girls, each member of the team needs to submit a signed RISE Award Parental Consent Form. Please send all completed forms to stem@archer.org by Monday, April 24, 2023, with your RISE Award Application.
  • RISE Award Application Sections

    Your Archer RISE Award application should include the following sections with the criteria described below within each section:

    1. Contact Information
    • Name(s) 
    • Grade(s) 
    • E-mail address(es)
    • School
    • Mentor/Advisor(s) 
    • Mentor/Advisor email address(es)
    2. Title 
    • Provides a clear and concise summary of the project purpose or research focus
    3.  Abstract
    • Brief technical summary of the entire paper (problem, research objective/question OR engineering problem, methods, major findings, conclusions); does not reference other literature
    • Concise; 1 paragraph; no more than 250 words
    • If major findings are not complete at the time of application submission, please note this in the abstract.
    4. Introduction 
    • Background: Defining the research problem and inspiration
      • Begin with a wide picture of the problem you have chosen to address and narrow to your specific problem, research objective/question, OR engineering problem.
      • Identify the scientific concepts and prior research that help explain what is currently known about the topic and narrow the focus to details that are pertinent to the study, highlighting the unknowns that your research attempts to address. 
      • Introduce the problem addressed by the study, providing statistics that give context to the prevalence and scope of the problem.
      • For engineering or design projects, include prior art and/or inspirations.
      • Assume that your audience is literate, but not necessarily familiar with the background or details of the problem you have chosen to address.
    • Research Objectives: 
      • Once you have established context and justification for your research question, the research objectives and methods used to address them are clearly outlined:
        • What were you attempting to determine/measure? If applicable, what was your hypothesis/predictions, and why? 
        • How did you test/measure your objectives/hypothesis?
    • Importance and Impact: 
      • Clearly describes why the research is important 
      • Convincingly explains what this research can tell us that we don’t already know OR clearly states social and scientific implications of engineering or technology projects
      • How does your work have value to the real world now, or how might it in the future?
    5. Methods
    • Informative subheadings are used to outline the logical flow of procedures
    • Describe how you performed your research or designed your project and how you collected data.
      • Include the methods you used; mention common methods and any modifications to published methods/protocols utilized. Cite specific protocols that were followed. Clearly identify deviations to the cited methods/protocols, and provide clear reasoning and justification/support for deviation. 
      • Include the materials you used (including common materials). 
      • Give sources of all chemicals, uncommon materials, and biological specimens. 
      • Include model organism pre-experiment handling and care. 
      • Include images, diagrams, or photos, as appropriate.
      • For app or coding projects, include the language you are using, which platform you are targeting, and what libraries or APIs you are linking to, if applicable.
      • For engineering projects, you are encouraged to include photos or documentation of prototypes and design processes.
    • Describe how the data was summarized and analyzed.
    6. Results
    • If the project has concluded by the date of submission: 
      • Present your findings with sufficient detail and include all relevant data and observations.
      • Include graphs, tables, and/or charts for quantitative data. Make their purpose clear with supporting text. 
      • Include graphics to summarize data appropriately. 
      • For engineering projects, include quantifiable measures of success for your project.
    • If the project has not concluded by the date of submission, provide a description of expected results.
    7. Discussion & Conclusion
    • If the project has concluded by the date of submission: 
      • Describe how the results address your primary question or problem.
      • Interpret the results so a reader understands the implication(s) of your findings.
      • Address limitations of the project and potential sources of error.
      • Provide suggestions for improvements to the study, and determine what experiments could be performed in the future to refine your conclusions.
    • If the project has not concluded by the date of submission, describe how the expected results could address your primary question or problem.
    8. Works Cited, References & Acknowledgements
    • Acknowledge anyone who helped or contributed to the project.
    • Include all resources that were used. Any piece of information that is not your own original text or is not common knowledge must be properly cited and quoted.
    • APA Format

Engineering and Technology Application Judges

Science Research Application Judges

The Archer School for Girls admits students of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or other legally protected status to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or other legally protected status in its hiring or in the administration of its educational policies and programs, admissions policies, financial aid programs or other school-administered programs. 

The Archer School for Girls’ mission is to educate students in an environment specifically designed for girls. As such, the school will consider any candidate for admission who identifies as a girl. Once admitted to Archer, all students in good academic standing who abide by Archer’s code of conduct and who meet requirements for graduation will be eligible to receive an Archer diploma, regardless of any change in sexual identity or other legally protected status.