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2 Ulysses Signature Program Overview
A four-year program, admission by application only A small learning community An opportunity to engage in real-world research A practicum for presentation skills A home in your home school

3 Ulysses Program Expectations
Strong interest in research and research projects Commitment to four-year program Ready to explore MCPS curriculum with Ulysses approach Emerging independence Respectful and active community member Recommended for honors or AP: English, History, and Science (physics or biology) Maintain GPA of 3.0 or higher

4 Ulysses Signature Course Sequence
Grades 9 & 10 Grades 11 & 12 Signature Honors English 9 & 10 Signature Honors Biology, Physics 9, & Chemistry Signature Honors US History or Advanced Placement US History Signature Advanced Placement Government Signature Advanced Placement Biology Signature Advanced Placement World History* Advanced Research* Senior Research Project* *REQUIRED

5 Ulysses Science Course Sequence
Physics Recommendation Biology Recommendation Grade 9 Honors Physics Grade 10 Honors Chemistry Grade 11 AP Biology; 3 on AP exam Grade 12 AP Science of choice Honors Biology, HSA Honors Chemistry Honors Physics or AP Science of choice AP Science of choice

6 Ulysses Biology Night Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Semester One Semester Two Research paper on disorders related to environmental disruption Inquiry project on student-designed, implemented, and analyzed scientific experiment Ulysses Biology Night Wednesday, May 7, 2014


8 Grade 11 Advanced Research Research Methods Specialized Databases
Scholarly Journals Annotated Bibliography Literature Review Final Project in Research Design The required semester class is ARTT. It’s a survey of qualitative research methods like case study and ethnography, and it’s where students begin to explore topics of interest using more sophisticated search techniques, such as the database of scholarly journals, JSTOR. They also learn to be fastidious about citing their sources and formatting their papers using the guidelines of the Modern Language Association (MLA). It’s a blast! The final project for the class is the DESIGN of their senior research project. They write a literature review and plan out the components of their original study to be undertaken in the senior year. The student’s performance in ARTT and the final project design determine whether the student will be invited to continue to Senior Research Project class. MOST STUDENTS ARE INVITED,

9 Grade 12 Senior Research Project Class Application of Research Methods
Mentor Presentation Exhibition Portfolio

10 Ulysses Fairs

11 Four Ulysses Fairs January 7 & 8, 2014 April 30 & May 1, 2014
7:30am – 11:00am 11:40am – 2:10pm

12 Colleges/Universities
Amherst College Barnard College Brown University Bucknell University Colgate University Columbia University Cornell University Dartmouth College Fashion Institute of Technology MIT New York University Parson’s School of Design Rhode Island School of Design Stanford University University of California, Berkeley University of Maryland University of Michigan University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill University of Wisconsin University of Virginia Yale University

13 Ulysses Application Process
Recommended for honors or AP: English, History, and Science Essay Two teacher recommendations Application available on NWHS website Application due Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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