Explorer Program

An introduction to academic research, where you’ll learn research foundations, research methods, and work one-on-one with your mentor to create a Literature Review or a Book Review in an academic field of your interest.

What's included in the Explorer Program?

The Explorer Program includes a research foundations course, a college-level seminar in your academic area of choice, and 5 hours of one-on-one guidance with an expert mentor to create a Literature Review or a Book Review.

Duration: 12 - 16 weeks

Research Foundations

6 hours

You'll learn about research basics and research methods via an online learning module with lectures and assignments



Lecture Module

5 hours

You'll meet your mentor one-on-one to explore and learn more about the topic of your research interest


Research Module

5 hours

You'll finalize your literature/book review topic and meet with your mentor one-on-one to complete your project

Learn Valuable Life-Long Skills

The analytical, writing, and critical thinking skills that you develop through Crimson Research Institute will give you a fantastic head start for your life at college and beyond

Mentorship from Leading Minds

Our mentors—top PhD and faculty researchers at great U.S. and UK universities—are at the cutting edge of their fields. These leading minds will guide you through the program

Stand Out in College Applications

Admissions Officers at top colleges and universities will see evidence of your intellectual curiosity, academic talents and ability to engage with college-level research 

How To Apply

Chat with us

If you would like to learn more about CRI and talk to one of our most experienced mentors, schedule a call with CRI founder and Harvard grad Gabe Gladstein below!

Complete the application form

The application takes about 30 minutes to complete. You will need to upload a CV and school transcript, if available

Interview with a CRI administrator

You will meet with one of our CRI advisors to discuss your application further, and decide which program is right for you

Program acceptance + mentor allocation

Once accepted to the program, we will look through our portfolio of mentors to decide who is right for you

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Gabe Gladstein

Founder, CRI

Gabe graduated Magna cum Laude from Harvard with a bachelor’s in government in 2017, and completed his Master’s in Music at the New England Conservatory in 2018. Over his nearly seven years at Crimson, Gabe has had a hand in building nearly every one of Crimson’s products, changing the lives of thousands of students from over 30 countries.


Gabe created CRI in 2019 after finding that Crimson students were searching for, but could not find, an accessible way to dig deeply into their academic passions with guidance from experts. Since then, CRI has assisted over 300 students in 25+ disciplines, guided by over 60 mentors from many of the top 30 universities in the world.

Schedule a 15 minute call with Gabe using the booking calendar at right. 

During the call, he'll answer your questions about CRI and help assess your readiness for the program.