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Researchers Dominate Brooklyn College Science Day

Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2016 by for Brooklyn College, Media.

Brooklyn College was buzzing with scientists from all over the city on Friday, May 6 for the annual Brooklyn College Science Day. However,  researchers from Midwood claimed all the awards in the high school division.

The competition kicked off at 9am, when students arrived to check-in and set up their posters. This was followed by a two hour judging period from 10am to noon. After a short lunch, awards were given out to the best presenters and their projects at 1pm.   

"I’m very proud of the students that won," said Mr. Glenn Elert, Senior Research Coordinator. "Everyone earned their awards through hard work and brains."

Kai Saunders ’16 and Noor Asif ’17 took home the first place honors. Urooj Ansari ’16 was awarded second place, and Roshan Chudry ’16  came in third place.

"I feel grateful to win again," said Saunders. "I feel more confident about my work and how much I can make an impact."

Award winner group photo
Kai Saunders, Noor Asif, Urooj Ansari, Roshan Chudry

Saunders has been on something of a hot streak lately claiming victories in all 5 of the research competitions this year. She was awarded with the equivalent of about $900 in awards and prizes from previous competitions, and she has earned a spot at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposia Program nationals.

"Honestly, I pray before every single competition I have," continued Saunders. "I repeat Matthew 19:26 in my head constantly throughout each competition, and it really boosts my confidence."

Asif’s first place finish is also impressive especially considering this is the first time she presented her project at an official competition. She is also the first and only junior to enter a research competition this year.

"When they were announcing the names for the high school winners, I definitely did not expect to win. Even when they said that the first place award went to someone from my professor’s, Dr. Grasso,  psychology lab, I assumed it was my friend," said Asif. " It felt so unreal when they called my name because as I said, I honestly didn’t expect any position, much less first place."

Like Saunders, Ansari has also strung together a series of victories.

"It felt great to win. My lab mates were in the audience and an undergrad from my lab also won. Sharing the moment with them made it much more special," she said. "We all spent countless hours in lab together and we were able to see our efforts pay off together."

Ansari also earned herself a coveted spot in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. This came after her first place finish at the New York City Science and Engineering Fair.

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Brooklyn College Science Day — Friday, May 6, 2016

I was able to meet individuals my age who were just as passionate about STEM. Many of them were already CEOs of their own companies and were headed to prestigious colleges in the near future," said Ansari. "Being among such individuals was an honor. To this day, I find it hard to believe that I was selected to be one of the 15 students selected out of the 700 projects entered. It was an inspiring experience overall and has motivated me to work harder."

Last but not least, Roshan Chudry claimed her first award of the year on Friday.

"This is the first time I’ve won in research," said Chudry. "I was extra shocked at first, but then I was elated. I’m grateful and more motivated in my future endeavors in research."

This is the third straight year that the Midwood Science Research program was able to win every award at the high school level at Brooklyn College Science Day.

"We had the stronger projects and it showed," said Elert.

Written by Daniel Guobadia (Class of 2016).
This article originally appeared in the May 2016 edition of Argus.

Midwood sweeps Brooklyn College Science Day for the third year in a row

Posted on Friday, May 6, 2016 by for Awards, Brooklyn College.

Every year in May, the science students at Brooklyn College get together for a friendly poster competition amongst themselves. Every year they also ask high school students from Brooklyn to join them. Projects are separated by grade level (Graduate, Undergraduate, High School). For the third year in a row, Midwood Science has taken every one of the awards at the high school level. We even had two First Place winners this year — Kai Saunders (a senior) and Noor Asif (a junior). Award winning students were given prizes including Barnes and Noble gift cards, USB flash drives, portable phone chargers, and stainless steel water bottles. Everyone received a free pen, a free lunch, and a nice break from from classes during a stressful week of Advanced Placement Exams.

Award winner group photo
Kai Saunders, Noor Asif, Urooj Ansari, Roshan Chudry

  1. Noor Asif
    "Monk parakeets increase nest construction behavior during the mating season." Noor worked under the supervision of Dr. Frank Grasso in the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College.
  2. Kai Saunders
    "Urban soils: Metal content in artifacts." Kai worked under the supervision of Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College.
  3. Urooj Ansari
    "The physical and chemical warfare between Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sanguinis." Urooj worked under the supervision of Dr. Nicolas Biais in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College.
  4. Roshan Chudry
    "The effects of blinking exercises on computer vision syndrome." Roshan worked under the supervision of Dr. Mark Rosenfield in the Department of Biological Sciences at the SUNY College of Optometry.

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Brooklyn College Science Day — Friday, May 6, 2016

Brooklyn College Science Day 2015 — 2nd sweep in a row

Posted on Sunday, May 10, 2015 by for Brooklyn College.

Brooklyn College Science Research Day has been an annual tradition for the past 25 years. It’s a one day event that showcases the research of undergraduate and graduate students at Brooklyn College and from local high schools. Nearly 170 students presented their research across 14 categories in STEM, with over 50 faculty members from the college serving as judges. First, second and third place prizes are awarded in the high school, undergraduate and the graduate divisions. The 2015 Science Research Day was held on Friday, May 8. For the second year in a row, Midwood Science students received every award in the high school division.

1st Prize: High School Division

  • Lucy Lin
    Project: Degradation of Diesel in Soil through Mycoremediation.
    Mentor: Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College

2nd Prize: High School Division

  • Melissa Lee
    Project: Food Waste to Natural Organic Fertilizers: The Leachates from Composting Processes.
    Mentor: Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College
  • Yukie Wong
    Project: Seasonal Variation in Group Size of Monk Parakeets.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College

3rd Prize: High School Division

  • Muhammad Abdulla
    Project: Monk Parakeet Chambers.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  • Xiao Yan Hu
    Project: Soil Carbon Dioxide Respiration in Urban Environments.
    Mentor: Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College
  • Carmine See
    Project: The Effect of Hydralazine on the Development of Lupus.
    Mentor: Dr. Donald Gerber, SUNY Downstate, Department of Medicine

Midwood Science sweeps Brooklyn College on Science Research Day

Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2014 by for Awards, Brooklyn College.

No, we didn’t clean the campus. Brooklyn College has enough paid professionals to do that without our help.

Brooklyn College Science Research Day is the annual, campus-wide science fair held at the end of the spring semester. Posters are presented by Brooklyn College undergraduate and graduate students — and also by students from partner high schools in the borough. More than one hundred posters were exhibited in the Brooklyn College Student Center on Friday, May 9, 2014. The other meaning of "sweep" is to win every award in a contest. Every award in the High School Division at Brooklyn College Research Day was won by a Midwood Science student in 2014 — an unprecedented accomplishment.

First Place: High School Division

  • Xin Yi Chen
    Project: Fermented Food Waste and Plant Growth: A Greenhouse Study
    Mentor: Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Brooklyn College
  • Allen Barbarovic
    Project: Link Between Systemic Cobalamin Deficiency and CNS Demyelination in a CD320/TCblR KO Mouse Model
    Mentor: Dr. Edward V. Quadros, Department of Biochemistry, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Second Place: High School Division

  • Raquel Hosein
    Project: Application of a Wireless Electrical Device for the Detection of Epilepsy
    Mentor:Dr. Jonathan Viventi, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

Third Place: High School Division

  • Chris Ayala
    Project: Encoding Information with Light’s Angular Momentum
    Mentor: Dr. Giovanni Milione, Department of Physics (Institute for Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers), City College

2013 Brooklyn College Science Day: Syeda Rasool wins Second Place

Posted on Friday, May 10, 2013 by for Awards, Brooklyn College.

More than one hundred posters created by college and high school students were exhibited in the Brooklyn College Student Center on Friday, May 10th, 2013 for Science Research Day. Midwood entered 10 projects in biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics, and psychology.

Syeda Rasool won Second Place for her project "The effect of low dose lead exposure on cortical bone mineral properties of young C57/BL6 female mice". She worked with Mr. Chase Budell in the Biology Department and Dr. Terry Dowd in the Chemistry Department at Brooklyn College.

Standing (left to right): Jessica Khaimova, Nicholas Lee, Zainab Saleem, Prianka Zaman, Tasnim Halim, Ziva Rubinstein, Tiffany Loi, Samuel Genchikmakher, Yao Jiang, Solomon Chan, Priscilla Deng, Samantha Cham; Seated: Syeda Rasool
Standing (left to right): Jessica Khaimova (alumnus), Nicholas Lee, Zainab Saleem,
Prianka Zaman, Tasnim Halim, Ziva Rubinstein, Tiffany Loi, Samuel Genchikmakher, Yao Jiang,
Solomon Chan, Priscilla Deng (Murrow), Samantha Cham; Seated: Syeda Rasool

2012 Brooklyn College Science Day: Amy Chen wins Second Place

Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 by for Brooklyn College.

More than one hundred posters created by college and high school students were exhibited in the Brooklyn College Student Center on Friday, May 11th, 2012 during Science Research Day. Midwood sent twelve students and eight projects. Amy Chen won second place in the high school division for her project "The roles of regulating adenosine receptors (A1R, A2BR) in preventing fatty liver through CLOCK Proteins". She worked with Dr. Hailing Liu at NYU Langone Medical Center.


Amy Chen and Mr. Elert

Left to right: Matthew Chin, Irene He, Emilee Yang, Tianna Chin, Mert Keçeli, Tammy Jiang, Joanne Tan, Amy Chen, Amanda Ye, Jacinda Zhou, Josh Wadler. (Not pictured: Mohamed Adnan.)

Brooklyn College Science Research Day

Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 by for Brooklyn College, Seniors.

Hello Seniors,

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Brooklyn College will be holding their Science Research Day on Friday, May 11 from 9:30 to 1:30. They are willing to take 5 projects (team or individual) from Midwood to compete in the high school division. (They also have a graduate and an undergraduate division.) This event is run basically the same as St. Joe’s and NYCSEF. Students who participate will be excused from class as if it was a field trip. If I remember correctly, they offer certificates and small gifts ranging in value from $5-20 as prizes. They also feed you a pretty nice lunch at the end.

Let me know if you are interested. Abstracts need to be submitted by Friday. And yes, extra credit will be awarded to those who participate.

2011 Brooklyn College Science Day: Four Midwood Students Receive Awards

Posted on Sunday, May 15, 2011 by for Awards, Brooklyn College.

Friday, May 13th, 2011 marked the 21st Annual Science Research Day at Brooklyn College. More than one hundred posters created by college and high school students were exhibited in the Brooklyn College Student Center. Four Midwood students shared two awards in the high school division.

  • Francisca Onyiuke & Mercy Palomeque – Third Place
    "Determination of Heart Rate Variability Using an Electronic Stethoscope." Francisca and Mercy worked with Dr. Jason M. Lazar of the Department of Cardiovascular Disease at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
  • Samantha Hogue, Margaret Lee, and Avis Karpman – Third Place
    "The Effect of Gravel on Procambarus Clarkii Spatial Exploration and Learning." Samantha, Margaret, and Avis worked with Dr. Frank Grasso of the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College. (Samantha is a student at BASE — the Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment).

Midwood students at Brooklyn College Science Research Day

2010 Brooklyn College Science Day: Midwood Students Bring Home Three Awards

Posted on Sunday, May 16, 2010 by for Awards, Brooklyn College.

Friday, May 14th, 2010 marked the 20th Annual Science Research Day at Brooklyn College. More than one hundred posters created by college and high school students were exhibited in the Brooklyn College Student Center. Three Midwood students received awards in the high school division.

  • Laura Cheng – Second Place
    "Regulation of bone marrow cell differentiation in germfree rats by certain bacteria and bacterial cell wall components." Laura worked with Dr. Helen Durkin and Dr. Seto Chice in the Pathology Department of SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
  • Rabia Iqbal – Second Place
    "Study of the catalytic mechanisms of KatG: an enzyme involved in the virulence and antibiotic resistance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis." Rabia worked with Dr. Richard Magliozzo in the Chemistry Department of Brooklyn College.
  • Farhana Pinki – Third Place
    "Structural basis for histone acetyllysine readout by DPF3 double PHD finger." Farhana worked with Dr. Dinshaw Patel and Dr. Haitao Li of the Sloan-Kettering Institute.

Brooklyn College Science Research Day

Posted on Friday, April 23, 2010 by for Brooklyn College, Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

Brooklyn College will be hosting its annual Science Research Day on Friday, May 14, 2010. Science students at all levels — graduate, undergraduate, and high school — will compete. The competition consists of a poster presentation that is much like NYCSEF with around 100 total participants. All seniors — especially those who worked at Brooklyn College — should consider entering. Juniors may also enter if their project is far enough along. All that you need to prepare for the competition is a poster. Extra credit will of course be awarded. Registration must be completed by Friday, April 30, 2010. There is no website for this competition, so contact me if you have any questions.

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