Collaboration to drive innovation

Quanta allows high school students to participate in cutting-edge university research. We are seeking passionate high school students, inspiring researchers and engaged student mentors to join the Quanta research community. Learn more.

What is Quanta?

Quanta is an online, open research platform designed to connect high school students to research challenges and a network of mentors.

Participating in research provides valuable knowledge, skills and experience to high school students. It can enrich their classroom education, help them determine a career path and enhance their resumes. Currently, however, research experiences, both from university labs, industry, or community members are open to only a small minority of high school students.

Quanta is the world’s first “Massive Open Online Research” platform, or MOOR. This portal vastly increases students’ access to research challenges anywhere in the country, opening up opportunities on a large scale. Researchers receive valuable contributions to their work with a small investment of time. University students provide mentorship that gives participants individualized guidance while boosting their own leadership skills.

Benefits of Quanta

  • University students gain valuable experience leading high school teams through research challenges and providing guidance for professional development. In the long-term, university students may even host research challenges themselves.
  • Faculty and industry members have access to a pool of driven high school and university students who can collaborate to solve their research challenges. Students provide fresh perspectives on research problems with a minimal time investment from faculty/industry leaders.
  • High school students receive valuable research experience and direct mentoring from university student researchers. Students can become more competitive candidates for college admissions, internship opportunities and more. At the completion of the program, students may have the opportunity to publish or present their research—a terrific addition to a resume or portfolio.
  • High school teachers can engage their students in an enriching informal learning experience that gives students a better understanding of the scientific process. Teachers may also choose to integrate a research project into class curriculum.

Where will our mission take us?

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If you are interested in joining Quanta for our 2014 programs, please email us at to request an application.

Upon acceptance into the Quanta program, you will receive further information specific to your involvement in the program. Please see below for more information about joining Quanta.

What others are saying about their Quanta experience

  • “[Through Quanta], I began to realize what I wanted to do towards the future with my education and career.” – A.N, Grade 9
  • “It was a difficult process, but the mentors were extremely helpful throughout the entire journey, and ultimately rewarding.” – B.K., Grade 11
  • “I’m glad that I had this opportunity. I got to develop my teamwork and communication skills, and worked in a field of study (engineering) that I hadn't previously never had any experience in before.” – High school student, Grade 10
  • "This program helped me build my teamwork skills." – High school student, Grade 9
  • "I gained experience and learned a lot about a field that turned out to be very interesting and eye opening. Quanta’s mission is fantastic: allowing kids through the U.S. to have access to research, college mentors, and research symposiums is just an amazing opportunity." – High school student, Grade 9 

Welcome to the Quanta research gallery!

Here you will find current projects, as well as published student work from past installments of the Quanta program. Projects are divided into groups based on research discipline. Browse through the projects or search the database to find projects of interest. To find out more about a certain project, click the corresponding tile, which will lead you to a more in-depth project page.



Suggest a research challenge.

When a user clicks on this, they should be directed to a simple form where the following information is captured:

  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Challenge idea (in less than 200 words)
  • Topic area (select from 1 of the 5 topic areas that are in the Quanta tagging system already of the gallery – e.g. natural sciences, etc.)
  • Email address

An email should go to the Quanta administrator ( when this is submitted and be able to be accessed from the admin side of

An auto-message should be emailed to the person who submitted the challenge as well that says: Thank you for submitting a challenge to Quanta! We will review and be in touch with you soon. – The Quanta Team.


The Quanta Blog is coming soon. Here you’ll be able to access latest information about current research challenges from students, researchers, and mentors; find interesting opportunities for in-person internship experiences as a student; other resources to help students in their project challenges; the latest challenges and competitions for students to apply to, and more. Thanks for your patience while we prepare this space!

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For general program inquiries:

Kathryn Scheckel
Director, Quanta
P.O. Box 877205, Tempe, AZ 85287-7205
(480) 965-1754

For all media inquiries:

Amelia Huggins
Director, Strategic Marketing and Communications
P.O. Box 877205, Tempe, AZ 85287-7205
(480) 965-1754