Project Fly High - UTM Ripley Center

Program Purpose

The Project Fly High Summer Programs works with High Ability Students (e.g. Honors and College Ready) on research projects. The programs are designed for who wish to learn more about the undergraduate graduate school experience and possibly pursue an academic career in psychology or research. This program is designed to improve the quality of education in psychology and research through a comprehensive set of lessons and experiences for high school students in West Tennessee. The grant funded project will leverage the expertise of UT Martin psychology professors to deliver successful programming that responds to the educational needs in the area.

Goals & Objectives

Professional learning opportunities in psychology and professional writing are essential to support students as they encounter increased expectations of critical thinking and improved student achievement. The goals and objectives for Project Fly High are:

  1. To improve the quality of education in psychological science and its application in secondary schools for honors, high ability, and college-ready students.
  2. To create a learning environment and provide innovative activities related to the advancement and application of psychological research and professional writing.
  3. Upon the completion of the two-week program at least 55 students will have:
    • Gained a collegiate level introduction to psychological science careers through asynchronous, synchronous, and face-to-face platforms,
    • Gained knowledge about the basic professional writing stages in psychology including: what is a literature review, APA citations, reading journal articles, and what are case studies.
  4. Upon completion of the one-day program at least 60 students will have:
    • Gained a collegiate level introduction to psychological science careers through asynchronous, synchronous, and face-to-face platforms.
    • Reviewed basic information on at least one case study related to the area of psychological sciences.


Project Fly High will expose students to the most common types of writing expected at the undergraduate level. Lessons will include one or more of the following topics:

  • Finding Sources. Since Psychology is rooted in previous research, one of the most prominent parts of writing is finding articles that you can incorporate into your writing. This lesson will deal with writing a literature review, as well as the Introduction and Discussion Section of a Research Paper.
  • Reading Journal Articles. It is essential to understand how to read an article, and how to get the most out of reading journal articles.
  • Literature Reviews. Literature reviews are perhaps the most common assignment given in Psychology classes. This lesson will have an emphasis on integration and interpretation of primary research articles.
  • APA Formatting. This lesson summarizes American Psychological Association (APA) style for paper formatting and in-text citation, as published in the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
  • Critical Thinking. Students will participate in a Problem-Based Lesson (PBL) to promote critical thinking on research policy and appropriate research processes. Research ethics (e.g., Belmont report, Mock IRB applications) will comprise a component of the activities.

For further details about the programs, please contact Dr. Simpfronia Taylor at 721-221-8778 or


As a condition of acceptance into the program, program participants will be asked for personal and educational information. This tracking is done solely to conduct statistical analysis for the program to report on progress and results. The individually identifiable information collected remains strictly confidential and will not be published in articles or reports.

2019-2020 Program Dates

Deadline: One-Day Program

The one-day programs were scheduled throughout West TN and are now complete.

Two Week Program

Deadline: All application materials and supporting documents (see application) for the Two-Week program must be received by January 31, 2020. We must have at least 10 students from one location to conduct a session. Preference will be given to applications that are completed by the program’s deadline. Notification of decisions will be made by the end of February 2020.


Participation benefit: Students will receive a minimum $50 gift card for participation in the project.


Locations: We are open to additional locations if an agency has the minimum number of students (10). We prefer students from the following areas:


Lauderdale County (Halls, Henning, Gates, Ripley)
Tipton County (Covington or nearby cities)
Please contact Dr. Taylor ( if you have any questions, or need more information.


Please contact Dr. Simpfronia Taylor ( for questions regarding the application or application deadline.

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