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Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by for Juniors, Seniors.

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How to get to NYCSEF at City College by subway

Posted on Saturday, March 3, 2018 by for Juniors, NYCSEF, Seniors.

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Take the 1 train to 137th Street and walk up the hill.
Map with A/D line
Take the A or D train to 145th Street and walk up the hill.

HYPOTHEkids and Columbia School of Engineering summer opportunities

Posted on Thursday, February 8, 2018 by for Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.


HYPOTHEkids and the Columbia School of Engineering have two FREE summer opportunities for promising underrepresented students who attend NYC public or charter high schools. The application deadline for both programs is March 9th.

Hk Maker Lab (Grade 10 and 11 students)
Students spend six weeks at Columbia’s School of Engineering learning the engineering design process. Students work in teams to create solutions to real world health problems and pitch the idea to a panel of judges.

NY Bioforce (Grade 11 and 12 students)
Students get 140 hours of training for cutting edge jobs in the biomedical field. They are then placed in paid internships in research labs and a biotech start-ups.

Teacher assignments for spring 2018

Posted on Friday, February 2, 2018 by for Juniors, Seniors.

Midwood Science Research 2018 Updated Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Elert Juniors Katzoff Juniors Elert Seniors Mosley Seniors
Bareera Abid Zuha Ahmed Yiming Dai Noran Abo Donia
Larissa Brijmohan Rubhiyah Chaudhry Sarah Elmosbah Rafaella Bruzual
Jessica Chan Amy Chen Ellen Gyulbudaghyan Linda Chen
Kevin Chen Ashley Chen Judy Huang Joyce Chow
Miao Yan Chen Maggie Chen Saba Iqbal Jennifer Duong
Muhammad Hamza Ahmad Choudhry Hebah Jihad Hafsa Fatima
Basirie Hoxha Nicole Demetrashvili Elizabeth Rose Joseph Md Hoque
Emily Huang Jia Ci Deng Sabina Kubayeva Calvin Huynh
Esrat Islam Dougeny Francois Beien Lin Shanjida Kamal
Nursat Jahan Daniel Gaft Wendy Lliguichuzhca Albina Kukic
Christal Jean-Soverall Nick Guo Alice Mo Ivy Li
Neolani Johnson Abdullah Hafeez Katie Nikishina Shawal Malik
Maryam Khan Yenny Huang Emily Orman Kathy Mania
Sara Khasib Nusrat Jahan Soanne Saint Victor Naila Mirza
Eva Lai Humayara Karim Aushna Saleem Christina Ng
Cong Wing Li Andrew Kobrin Alma Samarxhiu Benjamin Nguyen
Rui Ting (Toby) Li Sevara Mallaboeva Mei Mei Weng Vincent Wang
Rana Mohamed Emily Movsumova Michelle Zinger Jessie Zheng
Zara Nadeem Jason Nisanov    
Fizza Nayab Nathan Reder    
Eduardo Peña Barrios Elizabeth Redmond    
Kenny Pierre Louis Kamille Shivwkumar    
Miguel Rendon Lucero Tiffany Tang    
Rina Sheynin Susana Tzunun Yax    
Zuzana Simonova Basimah Zahid    
Yvette Somersel Amy Zheng    
Annabel Xie Shamima Sharmin    

The liquid nitrogen has arrived!

Posted on Monday, January 8, 2018 by for Seniors.

Liquid nitrogen tank
160 liters of liquid nitrogen at 77 kelvin (−196 °C, −321 °F). Gross weight of nitrogen plus container: 228 kilograms (503 pounds). All for Midwood.

Are you ready for NYCSEF Paperwork Day?

Posted on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by for NYCSEF, Seniors.

Seniors. We will be assembling paperwork for NYCSEF on Monday, December 11, 2017 starting period 5. All copies will be made at this time using the heavy duty photocopiers in Mr. Rosenfeld’s office (A200) or Ms. Kornaker's office (A300). I will bring large envelopes, staples, binder clips, and labels. You will bring your completed paperwork including…

Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory tossing papers into the air Konan from Naruto showing her paper magic skills Kittens playing in a pile of papers

World Science Festival: City of Science needs volunteers

Posted on Sunday, December 3, 2017 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

The World Science Festival City of Science returns to Brooklyn on Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Park Slope Armory (361 15th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215). Join the World Science Festival and Con Edison for this larger-than-life, touring event where the wondrous properties of science, technology, engineering, and math collide. Filled with interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities, and enormous exhibitions, this free program unleashes everyone’s inner scientist.

Volunteers are needed to help with assisting science explainers, line management and greeting guests. You’ll be asked to join one short conference call with your zone leader prior to the event date. Midwood Science Research students who volunteer will receive +2 points of credit toward their final grade for the fall semester. (Forward a copy of your itinerary and provide a photo of yourself at the event for attendance and publicity purposes.) All volunteers also receive a T-shirt, food, beverages, and discounts to select 2018 World Science Festival programs.

To sign up, CLICK HERE and fill out a short form. For questions, please contact

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Application for change to Honors Research course (a.k.a. 1.05)

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 by for Juniors, Seniors.

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All juniors and seniors with a currently active research placement who would like to apply for a 1.05 weighted research course (Honors Science Research) must fill out, print, sign, and present this form to their supervising teacher during the first week of December. Bring your lab log at this time as well.

Special note just for the juniors. A placement is not official until your mentor has contacted me saying you have been accepted to work in their lab. It should also state the date you began working there. Some of you have done this and some of you haven't. The official record of this is kept in the Google Docs spreadsheet called "mentors (shared)". You were all provided with a link to this spreadsheet in September. View it and check your status. If you see a date next to your mentor's name, you're OK. If not, contact them immediately and ask them to contact me at their earliest convenience.

NYCSEF Signature Pages

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by for NYCSEF, Seniors.

Seniors, I need your NYCSEF signature pages on or before Monday, November 27, 2017 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 seniors. All seniors will meet with their supervising teacher during the first week of December to give an update on the progress of their application. The rest of the paperwork along with a complete research paper must be ready by Monday, December 11, 2017.

Resumania 2017

Posted on Sunday, September 24, 2017 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

Monday, September 25 and Tuesday, September 26, 2017 are resume review days (a.k.a. Resumania). Juniors registered to Ms. Katzoff’s section of the class show up on Monday. Juniors in Mr. Elert’s section show up on Tuesday. We will meet in room A220 during period 9 on both days.

Seniors show up on both days for full extra credit or one out of two days for half extra credit. It is entirely possible that the meeting will run into period 10. If you have some need to leave quickly during this event, you should not volunteer to participate. Resumes will be divided as evenly as possible between the seniors that arrive on either day. More seniors means less work and a quicker departure.

Juniors will revise their resumes and then resubmit them. Place the second draft of your resume in your supervising teacher’s mailbox in the Research Room (A214) one business day before your next scheduled small group meeting. Groups assignments and meeting dates will be announced soon.

About the Siemens Competition

Posted on Sunday, September 10, 2017 by for Extra Credit, Seniors, Siemens.

  • Eligible students are encouraged to enter this competition for extra credit. Research Reports may be submitted on projects in the fields of mathematics, engineering, biological, and physical sciences. Social and behavioral science research projects are not eligible.
  • Register using the Discovery Education website as soon as possible. The competition application is done entirely online. None of the “paperwork” uses actual paper.
  • Read and follow the guidelines set by the Siemens Foundation.
  • Paperwork is required of all students participating as well as the students’ parents, the principal, and a qualified scientist or other mentor. Thankfully, these requirements are easy to complete. Projects involving vertebrate animals require additional paperwork from the student and mentor.
  • This competition is centered around a research paper of 18 pages or fewer (not including abstract and references) and an executive summary (a.k.a. layperson’s summary). Absolutely no student names or references to gender (“he” or “she”), high schools, school officials, advisors, mentors, affiliated research organizations, acknowledgments, or any other identifying information of the entrants are to appear anywhere in the research paper.
  • Have your final application submission witnessed by your supervising teacher on or before Monday, September 18, 2017. Tuesday, September 19, 2017 is also allowed, but not preferred.
  • Up to 300 projects are selected as semifinalists. Up to 30 individual students and 30 teams (of 2 or 3 students) are chosen to compete at one of 6 regional competitions in November (MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, UT Austin, Cal Tech). Students’ names will be posted on the Siemens Foundation website Tuesday, October 17, 2017 for semifinalists and Wednesday, October 18, 2017 for regional finalists.
  • Winners of the regional competitions go on to the national competition in December at George Washington University.

Regeneron STS application now open

Posted on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by for Extra Credit, Seniors, STS.

Seniors, the application for the 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) is now open. In order to apply, you'll need to submit a research report, request recommendations from a mentor and an educator, request a high school report from a counselor, complete a series of essays about your research, and answer several questions about yourself. Instructions are available for review on multiple PDFs, but the entire application is electronic — no paper documents are needed. The application website closes on Wednesday, November 15 at 8:00 PM EST. Team projects are not allowed.

All eligible seniors should give serious consideration to this competition. Start the process as soon as possible. Summer is a good time to deal with things like this. Review the FAQs, the rules, and the application questions. Work on the research report that you will be using throughout the year. Write a first draft of the essays. Contact a person in your lab who knows you and your project and would be willing to recommend you. (This is not necessarily the head of the lab.) Regeneron STS logo Let your supervising teacher at Midwood know that you are applying so they can give you advice on the application process and begin working on their educator recommendation. Wait until October to deal with the high school report.

Senior Exit Meetings

Posted on Friday, June 2, 2017 by for Seniors.

  Email proof of service at the World Science Festival by Midnight Sunday, June 4. Email photos of yourself working each day and your volunteer itinerary.
  Return your drawer key on Tuesday, June 6 or Wednesday, June 7.
  Bring your 3rd marking period service log. Bring it even if it is blank.

Application for Change to 1.05 Weighted Course

Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017 by for Juniors, Seniors.

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All juniors and seniors with a currently active research placement who would like to apply for a 1.05 weighted research course (Honors Science Research) for the spring semester of 2016 must fill out, print, sign, and present this form to their supervising teacher along with an up to date lab log. You need to apply every semester. Renewal is not automatic. See your supervising teacher sometime Monday through Thursday this week unless you were told to do something different.

An "active" placement in the fall is one with 16 hours (on average) of lab log entries per month for February, March, and April. A placement is not official until your mentor has contacted me saying you have been accepted to work in their lab. It should also state the date you began working there. A handful of juniors still have not done this. You will be contacted by email if this is the case.

The 10th annual World Science Festival needs you

Posted on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

Join the World Science FestivalWSF logo for an exploration of groundbreaking discoveries, encounters with the trailblazing scientists and thinkers who are changing the world, and youth and family events that will inspire the next generation of leaders. Be a part of the largest celebration of science on the planet.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of the festival, serving as ambassadors for the World Science Festival. They are a welcoming face to visitors, chock-full of information about the Festival and its programs. Volunteers also support the many production teams that make so many compelling programs and experiences possible.

  • Be comfortable working with people of all backgrounds, ages, and levels of familiarity with science.
  • Have excellent communication skills.
  • Computer skills are a plus.
  • A background in science is an asset, but a passion for learning and sharing knowledge is key.
  • Dedication, commitment, reliability, flexibility and professionalism are essential.
  • Be at least 16 years old.

The World Science Festival takes place in all five boroughs, at more than 20 venues, over 6 days (Tuesday, May 30 through Sunday, June, 4). The World Science Festival is so important to science that people have been know to travel thousands of miles to participate. If you’re reading this, you probably live within a subway’s ride of every event. Click here to volunteer. What are you waiting for? Click here to volunteer.

A late evening scene of the WSF with Downtown New York in the background

Creating Sustainable Cities: Pathways to Action

Posted on Thursday, March 9, 2017 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

Creating Sustainable Cities: Pathways to Action will provide a unique platform for students, organizations, and employers to meet and learn about exciting opportunities in fields related to urban sustainability.

Topics will include local ecosystem restoration and resilience, urban transportation, tools for urban sustainability, avenues of community involvement, and the rise of citizen science. The goal of the event is to introduce high school and college students to the concept of urban sustainability and create awareness for opportunities to get engaged. Speakers include.

AP Enviromental Science students and anyone else is welcome to attend. Register through Eventbrite. Extra credit will be awarded for students who complete the usual public lecture assignment for one of the speakers.

You are invited to this Friday’s LAB Out Loud [LOL] at The Rockefeller University

Posted on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

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You are invited to this Friday’s LAB Out Loud [LOL] at The Rockefeller University — Microbial Engineers: The Science of Fermented Foods (Friday, March 10, 2017 4:30 PM–7:00 PM).

Microbes, like bacteria, yeast, and mold, are the invisible engineers of the planet. They have the power to transform rocks into minerals, logs into soil, and raw ingredients into delicious fermented foods like cheese, chocolate, and pickles. In the Wolfe lab, we use fermented foods as model systems to better understand these invisible engineers, including how microbes interact with each other and with their environments. From fungal superhighways in cheese rinds to slimy biofilms in fermented tea, our talk will highlight the surprising microbial communities living in your favorite fermented foods.

Come hear scientists Dr. Benjamin Wolfe and Elizabeth Landis from Tufts University share their work using food to study microbial ecosystems! Following the talk, students will have a chance to network with scientists and determine their microbial soul-mates through a fun activity.

This event is open to all high school students in the New York City area, free of charge! Registration must be submitted by attending high school students directly — a change from previous Lab Out Loud [LOL] events. All students under age 18 must obtain parental consent while completing the online form. Extra credit will be awarded to all students who provide proof of attendance and complete the usual assignment by the next school day.

Images of fermented foods and bacterial cultures

Paper It Forward

Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

Sophomore research students are gearing up to submit their AP Capstone assessment to the College Board at the end of this week. Since Ms. Mosley is unable to give direct feedback, we would like juniors and seniors to help the sophomores with their papers. Each junior/senior will work with 2 two sophomores, go over their paper, and help them edit it against a provided rubric.

This activity will take place Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16 during period 4. Each day you participate adds 1 point toward your final grade.

Please see Ms. Mosley by the end of the day today if you are interested and available.

2017 DNA Day Essay Contest

Posted on Sunday, January 8, 2017 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

The question for this year’s American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) DNA Day Essay Contest is now available. This competition is ideal for AP Biology students (current or former) or research students interning in a lab focused on genetics — especially genetics as it relates to medicine.

Question: In the early 1990s, gene therapy was hailed as a potential treatment or cure for many genetic diseases and conditions. Unfortunately, problems during clinical trials, including the death of a patient due to a fatal immune reaction, forced scientists to re-think their strategies. Recent advances in biology have made gene therapy more promising than ever and expanded the field beyond its original concept of providing an additional, functional copy of a malfunctioning gene to specific cells. Choose one modern example of gene therapy (since 2005), describe the disease or condition researchers are attempting to treat, and explain how the therapy/approach might repair the underlying cause of the disease or condition.

Have a quick read of the 2017 contest rules, rubric, and deadlines before beginning. This contest is open to students in grades 9–12 worldwide. Essays must be written in English and are limited to 750 words, not including references. (Essays must include at least one reference. More than one reference is recommended.) Entries must be authenticated by a teacher. No entries may be submitted without the approval of Ms. Ross. Essays must be submitted electronically on or before March 11, 2017. Essays are expected to be well reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts related to the question. Each essay will be read by three judges from the ASHG.

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Are you ready for NYCSEF Paperwork Day?

Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 by for NYCSEF, Seniors.

Seniors. We will be assembling paperwork for NYCSEF on Monday, December 12, 2016 starting period 7. All copies will be made at this time using the heavy duty photocopier in Mr. Rosenfeld’s office (A200) or Mr. Spergel's office (A300). I will bring large envelopes, staples, binder clips, and labels. You will bring your completed paperwork including …

See you Monday.

Rolls of paper for a Heidelberg Contiweb press

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