Humanities & STEM Research at Harker

Students at Harker have two major research programs that enable upper school students to pursue the wonder of science and unique topics in the humanities through serious, original research.

The upper school science department offers a wide variety of programs to support students in all phases of their science investigations, including research coursework, clubs, after-school supervised lab access, summer internship guidance, and research competition coordination. For more details, see the Harker science research hub website.

Harker's annual science research symposium began in 2006, and provides a venue for student-generated research to be shared with the community. This annual event is proudly held in Harker's science and technology center, Nichols Hall. For more information about Harker's science research programs, contact Anita Chetty, science department chair, at

Since their foundings in 2009 and 2011, respectively, The John Near Excellence in History Education Endowment and The Mitra Family Endowment for the Humanities have become symbols of the Harker community's dedication to helping students pursue a broad array of interests. The Near endowment provides students with opportunities to do high-level academic research on their chosen historical topics, and the Mitra endowment expands research opportunities into philosophy, languages and the arts. For information on how to apply, contact Donna Gilbert at For links to previous papers, visit the library's Near/Mitra page.

STEM Research Highlights


Siemens Competition Semi- and Regional Finalists Named, Harker Has Most in State


Harker Team Wins $40,000 Scholarship at Siemens National Finals

Sreyas Misra named Intel national finalist


Senior Paulomi Bhattacharya Named Intel Finalist - One of Only 40 Nationwide

Six Students Named Semifinalists in 2013 Intel Science Talent Search, Most in California Second Year in a Row


Siemens Competition: Four Harker Regional Finalists, Six Semifinalists

Eleven Intel Semifinalists: Most in California, Second in the U.S.


Harker Produces Two Siemens Regional Finalists, Six Regional Semifinalists

Harker Continues Hot Streak in Intel and Siemens Competitions


October, 2010: Harker Produces Siemens Regional Finalist, Four Semifinalists

2010 Intel Science Talent Search: Four Named Semifinalists; Namrata Anand Named Finalist

2010 Harker Research Symposium Date Announced


Four Honored in Siemens Competition; One Advances

Harker Produces Record Number of Intel Semifinalists

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