AP Research, the second course in the AP Capstone Diploma program, allows students to explore an academic topic of individual interest. Students design, plan, and implement a yearlong investigation to address a research question. Through this inquiry, students further the skills they acquired in the AP Seminar course by learning research methodology, employing ethical research practices, and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information. Students reflect on their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of their scholarly work through their reflection portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of 20+ pages and a presentation with an oral defense.