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SMART Team presents at symposium

Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by for Miscellaneous.

Midwood High School’s SMART Team worked hard over the year to prepare for their symposium at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Riverdale section of the Bronx on May 18, 2014. (SMART stands for Students Modeling a Research Topic.) The Midwood team modeled the Streptococcal M protein for their presentation. Dr. Whitney Macdonald, a Research Associate in the Laboratory of Bacterial Pathogenesis at The Rockefeller University, helped the team research and model the protein. Ms. Ross was the supervising teacher at Midwood. Seven other high schools also participated in the symposium. Midwood’s presentation was exceptionally unique, with personally made drawings to accompany a storyline that would help explain the abilities of the M protein.

The Midwood SMART team takes a break in
a Riverdale park after their presentation at
the Ethical Culture Fieldston School.
The Midwood SMART Team with their mentor,
Dr. Whitney Macdonald.
Slides from the presentation showing the artistic approach of the Midwood team. The formal, scientific poster.

Press release by Carmine See
Member of Midwood’s SMART Team

Stefanie Henry wins 2014 Neuroscience Research Prize

Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

After months and months of lab work, Stefanie Henry has so much to show for it. She went to the Philadelphia Convention Center for three days in April and May. She was there for the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology where she was selected as a 2014 Neuroscience Research Prize winner — one of four in the nation. Stefanie was interviewed for a video, which was on display during awards luncheon on the last day of the conference. She also participated in a poster session where other scientists in the field came by to question her about her research. Stefanie may be the only Midwood student to ever win this award.

"It was an amazing experience, I met a lot of phenomenal people and one person approached me about an international PhD program they believe I can get involved in after I graduate from college," said Stefanie. "I feel honored to have been selected and look forward to continuing my research and gaining more opportunities to share my findings with as many people as I can."

Press release written by Saba Shaki

Raquel Hosein wins NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Raquel Hosein received an Award for Aspirations in Computing in New York City from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). Recipients were selected based upon their computing talent, leadership skills, academic ability, and future education plans. Awards were presented at Bloomberg headquarters in Manhattan on Friday, May 9. Each recipient receives two awards, one for themselves and one for their school’s trophy case. Bloomberg also contributed a set of Beats by Dre headphones, a Pebble Smartwatch, and other swag. Raquel is the first Midwood Science student to win this award.

Contributed by Almas Shafiq
Mayor of the City of Midwood

Raquel Hosein shows off her award and swag at Bloomberg headquarters in Manhattan.
The 2014 receipients of the Award for Aspirations in Computing in New York City.

Raquel Hosein attends 3 day conference at Stanford University

Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Midwood senior Raquel Hosein attended the she++ conference as a 2014 #include Fellow at Standford University in California April 3–5, 2014.

she++ strives to involve high school students in the computer science field. This year, she++ selected 30 aspiring students from across the nation to become #include Fellows and attend the #include Summit for the #include Fellowship Program. They were selected based on their application, which included demonstrating an outreach project.

Raquel worked with students at Brooklyn College Community Partnership to build a hydroponics farm at the Brooklyn College location. In doing so, Raquel wanted to kick start the science initiative at BCCP. Raquel would like to create an interdisciplinary approach to the sciences, using interior design alongside engineers to build the farm, as BCCP is striving to help high school students become motivated about the things they are learning.

Almas Shafiq
Mayor of the City of Midwood

2014 Young Naturalist Awards Winners

Posted on Friday, April 25, 2014 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

The Young Naturalist Awards is a research-based science competition for students in grades 7-12 to promote participation and communication in science. Four Midwood students were semifinalists in the 2014 competition — the most in one year!

Midwood Students place first in State STEP Competition

Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Midwood seniors Kiara Nuñez and Sade Seidu with Crystol Thomas from the Preparatory Academy for Writers in Queens were finalists at the Science Technology Entry Program (STEP) Statewide Student Conference held in Albany from March 28–30. They received First Prize in the Senior Division of Human Services for their project, "Limited Access: How much do you know about Diabetes?" Kiara, Sade, and Crystol were supervised by Mr. Carlos Restrepo at the New York University School of Medicine. Approximately 60 New York State universities participate in STEP, which is funded by the New York State Department of Education.

Sade Seidu (Midwood) and Kiara Nuñez (Midwood)
with Crystol Thomas (Preparatory Academy for Writers)

Design a Brain Experiment Competition

Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 by for Extra Credit, Miscellaneous.

Updated Thursday, October 17, 2013.

The Dana Foundation invites you to participate in its third annual Design a Brain Experiment Competition. The challenge is to design an original human brain-related experiment that will test creative theories on daily brain activity, brain diseases, brain functions and malfunctions. Experiments will be judged on creativity and originality as well as adherence to the scientific method.

This is to be a research proposal — not a completed (or even started) experiment. Entries must be submitted by a supervising teacher. A supervising teacher may not submit more than 5 proposals. Students can enter as individuals or as a group. The competition guidelines use the word “classroom” a few times, but a group entry does not need to be made by a whole class. Proposals must not exceed 4 pages in length (plus 1 page for references or 5 total pages). Supervising teachers must submit entries to no later than Friday, January 17, 2014. Winners will be announced during Brain Awareness Week March 10–16, 2014.

The Dana Foundation is devoted to promoting an interest in the brain and research in schools across the country. They also sponsor the New York City Regional Brain Bee in February. The Brain Bee is like a spelling bee but instead of spelling words, students are challenged to answer questions about the brain. More info on that competition later.

Jenny Ng wins Midwood’s first Young Naturalist Award

Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Young Naturalist Awards

Jenny Ng was a semifinalist in the Young Naturalist Awards competition sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History for her project "Will Mudballs Containing Effective Microbes Improve Water Quality in Ponds?" She was mentored by Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College. The Young Naturalists began in 1998 as a way to reward middle and high school students for outstanding research done in the natural environment. Jenny is the first Midwood Science student to win an award in this competition ever!

Jenny Ng, Solomon Chan, Priscilla Deng
Jenny Ng (left) with Solomon Chan (Midwood) and Priscilla Deng (Murrow)

DNA Day Essay Contest – Deadline Approaching

Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Miscellaneous, Seniors.

DNA Day Essay Contest

The deadline for the essay contest is Monday, March 7, 2011 at 5:00 PM EST. Essays need to be submitted by a teacher on behalf of the student. Each teacher is limited to submitting three student essays (per question). For more information visit …

2009 Miscellaneous Awards

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 by for ACT-SO, Awards, Miscellaneous, NASA.

2008 Miscellaneous Awards

Posted on Monday, June 23, 2008 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

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