LCS RISE Institute

Case Studies

Case Studies

Balanced preparation for post-secondary opportunity does not happen by accident. To learn more about how RISE Institute can assist students in achieving readiness, please see the examples below. 


Thinking With Your Hands

For a student who thinks in three dimensions, in materials, and in mechanical processes, prototyping designs and developing systems has been a great way to refine his abilities and to serve his school and his teammates by participation in a competitive robotics program. As a builder and tinkerer, he took advantage of access to technology, tools, and learning at RISE. By combining these in a setting that allowed freedom to realize his concepts, his creations took shape in ways that set an example for his younger teammates. His efforts paid off with admission to a highly-selective state university, where he is double-majoring in mechanical and electrical engineering.

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Seeing the Forest and the Trees

Uncovering new knowledge about an exotic invasive plant species can happen when a student notices a problem right on their own school campus. When problem identification met research opportunity, this student did not let obstacles stymie progress. To meet her goal, she overcame roadblocks to run many Chi-square and other statistical analyses; she designed and 3D printed a custom seed germination grid, and she identified key biochemical germination factors through metabolite analysis. Her work was recognized across several years by repeatedly placing highly in science fairs (including Intel's International Science & Engineering Fair), and was rewarded through scholarship to a highly-selective state university to study agricultural communication. 


Serving With Science

These "butterfly girls" are spreading their wings academically through basic science research, discovering how parasites affect the charismatic Monarch butterfly at certain points in its long annual migration. In the course of their multi-year studies, they have accessed resources and researchers at Emory University to learn the best techniques and locations for gathering data—information that is vital to help them ask their own questions and communicate their knowledge back to the Monarch research community. They are also serving others by passing on their protocols and understanding to their younger peers through direct teaching and encouragement, nurturing a distinguished research program for other students to carry on.