Nurturing Intellectual Vitality for College And Beyond


Nurturing Intellectual Vitality for College and Beyond

Does Your Child Know What They Want to Study in College?

In a world where college admissions are increasingly competitive, does your child have a clear understanding of their academic interests and the intellectual vitality to stand out? Many students enter college with limited exposure to real-world research, making it challenging to choose a major and carve a unique path in their academic and career journeys.

Problem: The Scarcity of Meaningful Research Opportunities and Lack of Direction 

The opportunity for high school students to engage in authentic research under the guidance of a professor is rare, yet it’s crucial for developing a deep understanding of potential fields of study. Many students apply to college with a vague idea of their interests, often influenced more by prestige than passion. This lack of genuine intellectual engagement leads to applications that lack depth, making it harder for them to stand out in the competitive college admissions process.

Solution: The Emerging Leader Program – Bridging the Gap Between Aspiration and Academia

The Emerging Leader Program addresses this gap head-on. With our network of over 95 esteemed professors, we offer an 8-week program where students engage in original research projects. This one-on-one mentorship allows your child to explore academic fields deeply, providing clarity on their college major choices and fueling their intellectual passion.

Our flexible structure requires just one weekly meeting with the professor and 5-10 hours of independent study, ensuring students can balance this enriching experience with other interests. This immersion in academic research not only enhances their understanding of potential fields of study but also significantly boosts their intellectual vitality – a key component that college admissions officers look for.

Empower Your Child’s College Journey Today

Your child’s path to college should be marked by exploration and discovery. The Emerging Leader Program offers an unparalleled opportunity to develop academic clarity and showcase intellectual vitality on their college applications. And if your student does a great job, our professors, at their discretion, are generous about writing letters of recommendation in support of the college application process. 

Contact us now at 215-360-3160 to learn more about how your student can gain a competitive edge by engaging in professor-led research. Help them transform uncertainty into opportunity.



Navyaa is a student who recently participated in our Emerging Leader Program. 

Navyaa discusses what brought her to Ivy Insight and the challenges she was encountering before discovering our program. She gives wonderful insight into why the Emerging Leader Program benefitted her and the ways she received even more than what she expected.


Willa headshot


During my COVID-era gap year, the Emerging Leader Program was such a grounding force in my life. Working with my scholarly advisor to collect literature on equitable education reform also kickstarted the archival and polyvocal storytelling projects I pursued in college.

During our ELP advising sessions, Dr. Legatt also shared an alternative to the traditional extracurricular-packed student schedule which has stuck with me. She explained the power and impact of intentionally pursuing passion projects that cross disciplines and engage social justice and leadership.

Now, 3 years after crystallizing my passion for social justice storytelling, interdisciplinary projects, and leadership during ELP, I am proud to announce that I received the Obama Foundation’s Voyager Scholarship for Public Service!”

-Willa (she/her and or they/them)


Frequently Asked Questions


This unique program runs for 8 consecutive weeks and operates on a rolling admissions basis.

Remote Location

Remote-Located Research Program

After evaluating your application and supporting data, we’ll place you in either a field that aligns best with your current abilities and interests and your future goals. 

For the duration of the program, you will work remotely. To make this experience a success, you need to have access to reliable internet and be able to check and respond to email and text messages regularly.


We accept applications from both high school and college students ages 14- 21.

Tuition & Fees

Both application and session fees are non-refundable investments.

Session fees include: all instructional programs, professional development activities, and program networking events.

Tuition for the Emerging Leader Program starts at $7500.

Application Requirements

The Emerging Leader Program is an elite opportunity uniquely designed for hard-working, top tier students. Only the best applicants will be accepted into the program. Determinations will be made after careful review of the following materials: 


  • Personal contact information
  • An unofficial transcript
  • Resume or activity list 
  • Essay
  • If applying from outside of the United States will also be asked to submit their TOEFL English Competency scores or a letter of recommendation from their English teacher. 


We employ a rolling admissions policy, placing qualified applicants into available spaces on a first-come, first-served basis.

Selections will be made based on academic achievement, demonstrated interest in the requested field, and an authentic desire to maximize the program experience.

After all required materials have been received, you will be notified of next steps within 7 business days.

Case Studies

Charles Wu

City of Residence: Chicago
Intended Major: Electrical & Mechanical Engineering
What challenges did he face?

  • Charles would like to devise a wearable device that acquires bio-metric data and body motions of swimmers.
  • Charles had a lot of ideas, however there was a need for him to focus on the main relevant factors contributing to his design paper. 

Matched professor: A mechanical engineering professor from Columbia University who teaches courses in thermal-fluids engineering and aerospace propulsion.

How did our program help him?

  • We helped Charles to review and improve his writing for the design paper.
  • Additionally, Charles has learnt to improve his patent application paper for his product design.
  • Charles has created a design paper, which describes the purpose, function, and dimensional characteristics of the wearable device.
  • Charles’s patent application was reviewed and edited.
  • The program has provided valuable evaluation which pinpointed Charles’s strengths and weaknesses.

Anthony Liu

City of Residence: Philidelphia
Intended Major: Economics

Anthony is a student at one of the top 5 private day schools in the United States. He has a passion for economics and entrepreneurship. Anthony’s budding interest in debate and leadership gives him strong potential for success in business related majors in the future. With a professor from MIT, he was able to achieve his goals and more!

What challenges did he face?

  • Though Anthony has a passion for economics and entrepreneurship, he has no experience in starting business plans or analyzing business trends.

  • Anthony has a strong foundation in subjects such as statistics and economics, but has yet to use this knowledge towards any practical real-life pursuits.

Matched professor: A Mathematics lecturer in MIT, he has been an investment manager, exploiting advanced statistical analytics to manage a variety of investment programs.

How did our program help him?

  • Anthony has gained a deeper understanding into reading financial data, analyzing stock trends, and deciphering what the numbers mean.
  • The professor introduced Anthony to statistics concept, statistics programming language and RStudio software.
  • The professor further provided a step-by-step instruction manual to ensure Anthony remember beyond the program.

Sarah Mai

City of Residence: San Francisco
Intended Major: Art History

Sarah is at the top of her class with a 4.03 GPA. Her main academic passion is Art History. She has taken art history courses and done independent study in modern and ancient art history. She is the president of her school’s art and design club, and is also a designer/contributor to a student magazine.

What challenges did she face?

  • She had to become acquainted with terminology and notions she was not aware of before.
  • She was assigned college level research papers as reading and was expected to write her research paper at a college level as well.

Matched professor:  A core curriculum instructor from Columbia University in Art Humanities and a Teaching Assistant in Art, History and Archaeology. His primary field of research is Greek and Roman archaeology.

How did our program help her?

  • At the end of the program, she was equipped with a research paper that is well suited for college application.
  • She will be getting receiving a letter of recommendation from the professor when she is ready for college application.

Nurturing Intellectual Vitality for College and Beyond