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Register for St. Joe’s

Posted on Sunday, December 21, 2014 by for Seniors, St. Joseph's.

All seniors need to register for the High School Poster Session at St. Joseph’s College. You can do this before Winter Break (December 22 or 23, 2014) or on the first day after Winter break (January 5, 2015). I need to witness your registration for grading purposes. I am available periods 6–9 in the Research Room. Registration is easy. The hardest part is probably entering your project title (or maybe remembering your mentor’s email address). We will make posters during Regents week. The event is scheduled for Saturday, February 7, 2015.

The annual poster session provides an opportunity for talented high school students from the metropolitan area to compete and be recognized for their research accomplishments. This event is sponsored by The New York Section of the American Chemical Society and St. Joseph’s College. The program includes:

  • Judging of posters by scientists working in industry and academia
  • Guest speaker Carlo Yuvienco, Ph.D., Department of Physical Sciences, St. Joseph’s College
  • Certificates to all participants
  • Prizes to the four winning presenters

For more information on this event and its guest speakers, or to register, visit or contact Rhomesia Ramkellowan at or

Schedule 02/07/2015
09:00 09:30 AM   Arrival and setup
09:30 11:30 AM   Judging
11:30 12:30 PM   Guest speaker
12:30 01:00 PM   Awards

Dr. Carlo Yuvienco holds Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from New York University and a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. His research focus is currently the application of engineered protein constructs for drug delivery applications.

  • Title: Protein-based Drug Delivery Agents
  • Abstract: With the advancement of technologies to probe and manipulate biophysical matter, the scientific community continues to ever better engineer biological systems with the complexity and elegance in design that is necessary to address biomedical challenges. The growing maturity of the field of protein engineering is a testament to this proclamation.

2013 Published Papers

Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2014 by for Publications.

Student work published in print, on-line, or both.

NYCSEF paperwork delivered

Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by for NYCSEF, Seniors.

NYCSEF Paperwork Monday

Posted on Friday, December 12, 2014 by for NYCSEF, Seniors.

Seniors. We will be assembling paperwork for NYCSEF on Monday, December 15, 2014. Report to room 155 sometime between 12:30 and 2:30 PM. If you are free earlier, meet me in the Research Room. All copies will be made at this time using the school’s heavy duty photocopiers in room 156A across the hall. I will bring large envelopes, staples, binder clips, and labels. You will bring your completed paperwork including …

See you Monday.

Quest for Lab Frustrates

Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by for Media.

The worthiness of the Research Program is frequently questioned by freshman in the Medical Science Institute when choosing their required track; the Research Program is known for its academically challenging curriculum and the dedication required by its students.

The Research Program offers students the opportunity of working as interns in college laboratories under the mentorship of college professors starting junior year. The track offers the classes: Research Projects to sophomores, Junior Research to juniors and Senior Research to seniors. Research Projects dedicates the curriculum to prepare students for laboratory work, in which students will use during Junior Research, when they will complete research projects in college labs. Within Senior Research, in addition to continuing laboratory work, students will enroll into national and local competitions to showcase the results of their research projects.

Looking for labs is hard; its been months since I started looking for a lab, but I still haven’t gotten in one yet, Christine Ly 16 said.

College professors do not readily accept high school students into their labs because most juniors do not have lab experience; although the sophomore class, Research Projects, intends to expose students to various lab techniques such as DNA extraction in preparation for Junior Research.

I’ve been in a lab for about a month, Emily Hui 16 said, but my mentor still doesn’t trust me enough to give me a project.

Students within labs are required to conduct college level research, but some mentors do not readily give projects to inexperienced high school students.

Students work in labs of various fields such as biology, chemistry, engineering environmental, psychology, and physics. The majority of the labs that students attend are near the school, such as Brooklyn College and SUNY Downstate. Some labs require students to work on live specimens, such as mice.

According to Mr. Glenn Elert, approximately 40% of students do not continue into Senior Research due to various reasons, such as not finding a lab, not finding a suitable lab, or unable to complete or obtain a project.

Whenever I look at my completed project I feel satisfied, Mohammad Hasan 15 said. Seeing the results makes the hundreds of hours I spent in lab worth it.

Seniors within the Research Program typically completed at least one project, and they will enter their finished project within various national or local competitions.

Hasan noted, The Intel application contains many short responses, essays, and recommendation. Filling that long application takes weeks.

Seniors, in addition to the required 16 monthly lab hours, have to complete lengthy applications for various science competitions. The competitions that students attend typically are: Siemens Competition, Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS), New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF), Intel Talent Search, St. Joseph’s College High School Poster Session, Google Science Fair, and Brooklyn College Science Day. Students within the past have won awards in various competitions.

Raymond Li 16 said, I applied for Robotics so I wouldn’t have to go to Research, its too much work!

To some students, other tracks such as Robotics and Medical Issues serve as alternatives to the academically intensive Research Track.

According to Mr. Elert many students take the Research Track because, when you make it to senior science research you have proved to the world that you have what it takes to succeed.

Despite the large amount of workload a researcher will face, many students continue to apply and finish the Research Track to prove their academic abilities.

Written by Victor Lee
Photo by Colleen Chasteau
This article originally appeared in the November 2014 edition of Argus.

NYCSEF Signature Pages

Posted on Monday, December 8, 2014 by for NYCSEF, Seniors.

Seniors, I need your NYCSEF signature pages on or before Wednesday, December 10, 2014 so the Principal and I can sign them. Please print the Principal’s name (Michael McDonnell) for him, but do not sign or date the form (obviously). Please do the same for my name. I will sign part b (Science/Research Teacher Approval) for everyone. All of the paperwork is due for photocopying Monday, December 15, 2014.

Junior Teacher Assignments

Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2014 by for Juniors.

Junior Teacher Assignments, Fall 2014-15
Mr. Elert Ms. Mosley Ms. Sullivan
Elizabeth Krasner Xiao Ying Huang Rumsha Javed
Mohammed Chowdhury Jessica Lauv Xiao Jun (Gloria) Cao
Roshan Chudry Nga Ying Lo Abigail Iaquinta
Laila Akallal Xiu Ling Weng Daniela Lara
Emily Hui Nadia Brijmohan Yusra AbdurRob
Victor Lee Asia Le Zachary Feinstein
Alexandra Auteri Zaw Naing Michelle Do
Bilal Azhar Osarhuwense Otasowie Moomitu Kashem
Hussein Fardous Diana Polonska Huonna McCarthy
Max Miloslavsky Kai Saunders Joselyne Pimentel
William Xie Colleen Simon Leutrim Cahani
Nikola Iberle Kieran Bissessar Shanayah Renois
Josh Pilipovsky Quetourah Dalencourt Sana Ilyas
Mie Abouelkheir Q.Q. (Venus) Fu Urooj Ansari
Daniel Guobadia Jinyan Huang Samera Arif
Najmunnahar Kashem Doris Etienne Alexandra Gayle
Tyron Matthews Linda Zhu Joseph Parziale
Abrar Rais Christine Ly Daniel Rebibo
Sayahi Suthakaran Maya Miller Hannah Towfiek
Inna Zapadynska Lily Xiong Matthew Chung
Shang Lee     Neshma Simon

Last Updated 11/26/14

I count 42

Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2014 by for Lectures.

Midwood Science represents again at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Students heard the latest scientific research from a chemist (who spoke more like a physicist or engineer), a biologist (who reminded us that mice are not humans), and a physician (who showed us why "failed" cancer drugs are actually useful). 2014 was the ninth year of the Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research lecture series. Midwood Science students are always present at these lectures in large numbers. This year was no exception. If you missed the lecture, you can watch the video here.

Junior Surveys and MetroCards

Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by for Juniors.

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All juniors in Science Research, please fill out and print (or print and fill out) this survey as soon as possible. Deposit your completed survey in my mailbox in the Research Room (A214) on or before Monday, November 10, 2014. We will use this piece of paper when we split you up across the three research teachers: Mr. Elert, Ms. Sullivan, and Ms. Mosley. Teacher assignments and meeting schedules will be announced by the end of next week (Friday, November 17, 2014).

Juniors who have a lab assignment are entitled to two-trip, "Special Program" MetroCards. These are to be used only for travel to and from your workplace, or to any events associated with your work in the lab (conferences, field work, etc.), or to any events related to the class in general (lectures and other special events). To be eligible you must have your mentor contact me saying that you are working for them, in what capacity, and for what approximate times. Records of mentor contacts are kept on the big spreadsheet of mentors. (I emailed you the link to this document several times. Contact me by email if you can’t locate it.)

Transcripts delivered

Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by for Intel STS, Seniors.

Transcripts for the Intel Science Talent Search were received by the Society for Science and the Public in Washington, DC on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 9:46 AM. The receipt status of transcripts should be posted to individual student accounts within 3 business days. Check your application. If the receipt of your transcript is not acknowledged by Friday morning, please tell me.

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