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Independent Research Seminar Wiki

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BCPS Independent Research Seminar: 
Course Information & Symposium Highlights


The future belongs to young people who know where the knowledge is, how to get it, how to think about it,
and how to turn it into better work, better products, better lives.
 -- Rexford Brown, Educator and Author 

The Independent Research Seminar is an elective high school course coordinated by the Office of Library Media Programs and Educational Technology in collaboration with the Office of Career and Technology Education and Fine Arts.

STUDENTS or PARENTS with questions about course offering and student enrollment should contact their own high school's Counseling Office.  You may review the Online Research Framework to see the research process used by students, and see annual Independent Research Symposium Highlights below.  Your school library media specialist can provide additional details about learning opportunities and expectations for this course.


HIGH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS, COUNSELORS, and LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALISTS may use these Course Implementation Resources, including a Course Snapshot, brochure, and resources to ensure that the course is an appropriate choice for prospective students. 
For additional information about implementing this course at your school, contact BCPS Library Media Programs at 443-809-4035 or via email:
  • Amanda Lanza, Coordinator alanza@bcps.org
  • Suhaila Tenly, Specialist stenly@bcps.org

Visit the Online Research Framework used by students enrolled in this course.

  • Course Instructors/Library Media Specialists use Units and Lessons in Schoology which correspond to each step in the Online Research Framework.







To be human is to dream, 

 to think beyond what exists today. 
 -- John Hockenberry,
Journalist and Author 

Independent Research Framework



2023 Virtual Symposium




2022 Virtual Symposium




2021 Virtual Symposium

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students engaged in remote and hybrid learning to create and record their research presentations this year.




2020 Virtual Symposium

Due to the spring COVID-19 school closure, students engaged in remote learning to create and record their research presentations this year.


Virtual Symposium program cover



2019 Symposium


Symposium program cover 

Student Presentations (YouTube video) Total run-time: 4:21:35

 Symposium video screenshot


2018 Symposium


Student Presentations: YouTube Playlist



2017 Symposium


Student Presentation Videos



2016 Symposium 


2016 Symposium Presentation from Baltimore County Public Schools on Vimeo.

2015 Symposium


2014 Symposium 

2013 Symposium (pilot year)

Stress and Academic Performance: a student research project Blog post by Kathleen Carino, 2013 student researcher and graduate of Eastern Technical High School and a UMBC freshman.

News Brief - Student Independent Research Symposium from Baltimore County Public Schools on Vimeo.



VIDEO: Student Researchers Share Their Stories                      Student Spotlight:



BCPS Independent Research Seminar Conference Presentations:

Student Research Gets Personal: The Independent Research Seminar (presentation slides)

Conference Presentation by Joquetta Johnson, Library Media Specialist, Randallstown High School @accordin2jo
and Kelly Ray, Resource Teacher, BCPS Library Media Programs @krayz4libraries