The purpose of the Student-Oriented Academic Research (SOAR) program is to provide an opportunity for students to experience and participate in a rigorous two-year science research program.
SOAR programs establish a network of scientifically literate students with research experience, who serve as mentors for others. The students and their mentees work together on projects with the common goal of scientific research. As a result, they appreciate the fact that real science is not done in isolation, but as a group. Students answer their own questions and expand their knowledge through library/internet research and experimentation. The programs use a set of activities/labs that serve as the basis for student scientific inquiry.