41 NYCSEF applications were delivered to 16 Court Street at 2:20 PM.
Seniors. We will be assembling paperwork for NYCSEF on Monday, December 14, 2015 starting period 6. All copies will be made at this time using the heavy duty photocopier in Mr. Rosenfeld’s office (A200). I will bring large envelopes, staples, binder clips, and labels. You will bring your completed paperwork including …
See you Monday.
Seniors, I need your NYCSEF signature pages on or before Tuesday, December 8, 2015 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 (Glenn Elert). I will sign part b as the Science/Research Teacher for all 43 seniors. The rest of the paperwork along with a complete research paper must be ready by Monday, December 14, 2015. All photocopying will be done at Midwood with the exception of pages in your report that contain color images or diagrams. Copies of those pages are the responsibility of the student.
Massive congratulations go out to Lucy Lin and the other 11 winners at the 2015 NYCSEF Award Ceremony today. Let me explain why.
NYCSEF is the New York City Science and Engineering Fair. It is the largest science fair in the New York metropolitan area and is sponsored by the City University of New York (the nation’s leading urban public university serving more than 480,000 students) and the New York City Department of Education (the largest school system in the US with more than 1.1 million students). NYCSEF begins in December when over 700 students apply. From this pool of applicants, the NYCSEF staff approved something like 460 projects. These students presented their projects to judges at the NYCSEF Preliminary Round on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at City College in Hamilton Heights, Manhattan. The top 141 projects were then selected to present at the NYCSEF Finals Round on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at the American Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. At the end of all of this, 12 Midwood students received awards.
Lucy Lin received a First Place Award as well as an invitation to present at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania May 10–15, 2015. The last time a Midwood student attended an ISEF competition was back in 2008. Lucy worked under the supervision of Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College. Special thanks go out to Dr. Chen who has worked with so many Midwood students.
This award is presented to students with outstanding projects that promote the objectives and mission of Environmental Quest; to bring awareness to the man-made and natural environment. Wiesenthal Award winners each received $100. Midwood Science students won nearly half of these awards. All four students worked under the supervision of Dr. Frank Grasso in the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College. Special thanks go out to Dr. Grasso who has worked with more Midwood students than any other mentor.
The New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) is the city’s largest high school research competition. More than 700 students from around the city submitted applications in 2015. The top 169 students were selected to advance to the Finals Round on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at the American Museum of Natural History. Midwood High School sent 9 students to this year’s competition under the big blue whale. Awards will be presented on Friday, March 27, 2015 in the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College from 3:00–5:00 PM.
Anxious presenters stood next to their boards as they explained their projects to the public at the New York City Science and Engineering Fair on Sunday, March 1.
"Seeing all those projects were really helpful to me because I learned how the projects are being displayed and it teaches us things that can possibly benefit the world," said Matthew Chung ’16.
The New York City Science and Engineering Fair, NYCSEF, was held at City College in Hamilton Heights, Manhattan. This is known to be the largest science fair for New York high school students. Students from various high schools entered, including Brooklyn Technical High School, Edward R. Murrow High School, and Stuyvesant High School.
According to Mr. Glenn Elert, Science Research Coordinator, there were 450 projects, 578 students, and 120 became finalists. Nine of those finalists included Midwood’s Michael Divgun ’15, Tamneya Hauter ’15, Syeda HIllary ’15, Zainab Iqbal ’15, Sandra Lin ’15, Lucy Lin ’15, Monique Powell ’15, Emily Tse ’15, and Raymond Yu ’15.
Seniors in the Science Research program presented their projects in the science fair. The judges who viewed the presentations varied from Google employees to professors at universities.
"In the beginning, I was really nervous and scared, but as judges started coming and I presented to my first judge, I started to relax more," said Dina Deng ’15. "It was a fun experience because you got to see what other people researched and studied."
Mr. Elert also attended as a judge for the science fair.
"It’s like being a teacher, you’re just grading someone’s work," said Mr. Elert. "They had over 400 judges, which was the largest amount ever. There were so many judges that they ran out of judge IDs."
After the seniors were done presenting to the judges, the science fair was open for public viewing which the sophomores and juniors attended.
"I wanted them to see what the event was like before they went for real," Mr. Elert said, "Meaning going in for competing as opposed to just observing."
Michelle Do ’16 said, "It was a really nice and enriching experience because now that I know first hand what is happening, I will work on my project even more since I will be doing this same exact thing in a year from now."
Final rounds will take place at The American Museum of Natural History in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life on March 24. Experts in 14 different science and engineering fields will judge the finalists. Out of those finalists, around 20 students will be chosen to represent New York City in May at the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
"I was astounded by the news that I got into the NYCSEF finals," said Yu. "I feel honored to be selected as a finalist and am excited for the upcoming final round."
The prizes for the winners of the final round include over $4,000,000 in scholarships and awards as well as an all expenses paid trip to Pittsburgh. However, above all else, these presentations showcased the hard work and passion of the students.
Iqbal said, "I attended because I wanted to present my project and hopefully go somewhere with it. Psychology can also be very underestimated sometimes because you usually see chemistry and physics, but not a lot of psychology."
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.
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.
Scholarships and awards worth up to $5,000 a year were presented to New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) finalists on March 27 at Hunter College, mere days after the NYCSEF finals round on March 25 at the American Museum of Natural History.
At the finals round, the long tables stretched across the hall in rows with projects on top. A enormous blue whale hung from the ceiling, and students waited patiently for the judges to walk around. A total of 100 projects were presented at the NYCSEF finals round from students all over New York City. 13 of those participants were Midwood students.
"Part of the fun of NYCSEF is to learn from other people’s projects, not just your own," said Raquel Hosein ’14.
The following seniors were awarded at the finals. Raquel Hosein and Allen Barbarovich won first place and second place was awarded to M. Tasnin Kabir. Third place was awarded to Yasmine Brown-Williams, Varvara Budetti and Alisha Bunting, Amy Cao and Ying Tong Guo, Stefanie Henry, Xin Yi Chen, Shadika Jahan and Kiara Nunez, and Tiffany Mai. These awards were given to projects that were outstanding.
"It’s a small reward for all the work we put in," said Allen Barbarovich.
Additional awards were also given out. Jelissa Castro ’14 and Samuel Genchikmakher ’14 received the Sarah and Morris Wiesenthal Award, which includes a $100 honorarium. The award is given to projects that bring awareness to the man-made and natural environment. Budetti and Bunting also received the Stockholm Junior Water Prize for their water related projects and were identified as NY State Semifinalists. Chen received the Association for Women Geoscientists Award and the Jenny Hunter Scholarship Award. She will receive a $1000 scholarship to Hunter College, renewable for 4 years. Hosein received the Frank W. and Jane J. Stahl Memorial Award for Technical Excellence, this award includes a $200 reward.
"The last three years have been really outstanding for us," said Glenn Elert, Science Research Coordinator.
Hosein and Barbarovich were chosen to be Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) alternates. 15 projects were selected from this year’s competition to continue on to ISEF in Los Angeles, from May 11-16.
According to Mr. Elert, there are still many more competitions left to compete in this year, including the New York City Academic, Cultural, Technological & Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO), Google Science Fair, and Brooklyn College Science Day.
Midwood Science Research Program
Glenn Elert — Coordinator
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Michael McDonnell — Principal
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