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Physics Bowl 2013

Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

Hello Research Seniors and Juniors,

We will be holding the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Physics Bowl Period 9, Tuesday, April 16, 2013 in Room A320.

Participants in this competition take a 45 minute, 40 question multiple choice test written by the AAPT. This event is open to all students who are currently enrolled in an AP Physics class. Students in AP Physics B compete in the first year division, while students in AP Physics C compete in the second year division. (There is a slight difference in questions between the two divisions.) Awards are given to the top students and the top schools in a geographic region. All research students who participate will receive one half point of extra credit.

If you are interested in this event, see Mr. Spergel in room A300 (or email He will give you information on how to register and how to take the practice exam online.

DNA Day Essay Contest

Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites you to participate in the 8th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest. This year there is one question, which deals with discoveries in genetics that have occurred in the 60 years since Watson and Crick published their model of the DNA double helix.

2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the double helix of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick and the 10th anniversary of the first sequencing of the human genome. Choose either of these breakthroughs and explain its broader impact on biotechnology, human health and disease, or our understanding of basic genetics, such as genetic variation or gene expression.

Justify your answer in detail and be sure to include one or more specific examples of broader impact. Use reliable references and citations to support your argument, for example, research published by experts in scientific journal articles and books.

Interested students should contact Ms. Ross. (Obviously, current and former AP Biology students are strongly encouraged to apply.) Deadline for submission is Friday, March 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM EST. Extra credit will be awarded to any Science Research student (senior, junior, or sophomore) who writes an acceptable essay as judged by Ms. Ross and submits it through the ASHG website before the deadline.

Spring 2013 Teacher Assignments

Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013 by for Juniors.


Elert Sullivan Elert
Christopher Ayala Shahodat Azimova Aiysha Ashfaq
Aziza Babaeva Varvara Budetti Ron Baazov
Allen Barbarovich Alisha Bunting Onycha Banton
Yasmine Brown-Williams Bryan Chan Roxana Bravo
Amy Cao Xin Yi Chen Sam Cen
Sammi Chung Kharene Gittens Samantha Cham
Leonidas Eracleous Remi Henry Solomon Chan
Samuel Genchikmakher Stefanie Henry Anna Chen
Ying Tong Guo Rodolfo Hernandez Ramsha Farooq
Tasnim Halim Mosamed Kabir Ryan Fraser
Shadika Jahan Cindy Li Anna Guo
Joel Jose Shirley Li Janae Headly
Jasmin Kim Ting Lin Fabliha Hoque
Jessica Liang Andy Liu Yao Jiang
Nikia Miller Ellysa Magloire Jasmine Lam
Kiara Nunez Tiffany Mai Nicholas Lee
Shubh Rana Chukwunonso Nwasike Judy Li
Almas Shafiq Fionne Pham Winnie (1) Li
Jeffrey Tsui Akeem Pinnock Jian Cong (Leo) Liao
Helen Wu Adam Soliman Dao Quan Lin
Jonathan Yuen Jenny Wang Tiffany Loi
  Ashley Yip Tiffany Lui
  Annie Zheng Gabrielle Lynch
    Zoe Ma
Vlad Moraru
Jenny Ng
Linda Ngo
En Nekema Noel
Syeda Rasool
Ziva Rubinstein
Zainab Saleem
Crystal Soo
Evelyn Veliz
Nadege Willis
Klaudia Wojciechowska
Kate Wong
Sandy Wu
Prianka Zaman

Updated: April 29, 2013

Summer Research Opportunity with NIDA

Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by for Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

Summer Research with NIDA for Underrepresented Students

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is offering research opportunities over the summer to students interested in a career in biomedical or behavioral research. Participating researchers are located across the US. There is one scientist who is willing to work with high school students in New York City (Perry N. Halkitis at NYU). There are 11 locations outside NYC that are willing to work with high school students that will also provide temporary housing. Applicants must be at least 15 year old.

This is an excellent opportunity for sophomores looking to enter science research, juniors who are still looking for internships, and seniors who might like to try working in a new lab while they wait to go to college.

Applicants must submit a transcript, a statement of research career interest (an essay), two letters of recommendation, and complete the application form. Applications must be received by Friday, February 15, 2013. I realize the turnaround time on this is rather short, but this is the way NIDA does it. Everyone applying across the US will be working equally furiously to make the deadline.

Holiday Lecture: Bacteria’s Deadly Design

Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

NO MORE SPACE: The 10 slots were filled by 6:00 PM, Wednesday, December 12

The Rockefeller University will be hosting its 2012 Holiday Lecture on Science for High School Students on Thursday, December 27 from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM. The Rockefeller Holiday Lecture was established in 1959 and modeled on the popular series of science lectures started by Michael Faraday in 1826. This year’s lecture entitled "Bacteria’s Deadly Design: How Earth’s most prevalent life-form uses a microscopic syringe to invade and attack" will be presented by Dr. C. Erec Stebbins, Associate Professor and head of the Laboratory of Structural Microbiology.

Let me know immediately if you wish to attend. I need to submit a list of names by Thursday, December 13 or they will not hold a space for us. This is a long event with a lunch break in the middle. The Rockefeller University is located on York Avenue and East 66th Street in Manhattan near the Hunter College subway station. You will have to provide your own transportation since DoE MetroCards are not valid during Winter Break. (I will reimburse you with a single use MetroCard that can be used for transportation during regular school hours.) Extra credit will be awarded for students who attend and complete the public lecture assignment.

NO MORE SPACE: The 10 slots were filled by 6:00 PM, Wednesday, December 12

Ms. Sullivan’s Groups

Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by for Juniors.

I had to change all of the groups. I had assigned many of you meetings on the days you went to lab. Sorry for the mix-up. When it says “meeting”, that is your meeting day. FYI: Some of you have not picked up your first draft of the Intel Essay. The second draft is due when we meet next!!!

First Name Partner Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Alisha Varvara meeting Lab      
Varvara Alisha meeting Lab      
Andy  Edward meeting Lab Lab Lab  
Edward Andy  meeting Lab Lab Lab  
Ting Annie   meeting Lab Lab  
Annie Ting   meeting Lab Lab  
Akeem     meeting Lab   Lab
Nonso   Lab meeting Lab   Lab
Shah   Lab   meeting Lab Lab
Stefanie   Lab Lab meeting Lab  
Tasnin   Lab Lab meeting   Lab
Rudy   Lab??     meeting  
Ada  Shirley, Jenny Lab??     meeting  
Shirley Ada, Jenny Lab??     meeting  
Jenny Ada, Shirley Lab??     meeting  
Kelly           meeting
Helen           meeting
Bilal           meeting
Sumreen           meeting
Navish           meeting

Application for Change to Weighted Research Course

Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 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 weighted research course must fill out, print, sign, and present this form in person to me on or before Thursday, December 6, 2012. I will be available periods 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, and 10 in the Research Room (A214). 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 “Copy of mentors”. You were all sent an invitation to view this spreadsheet last week. View it and see 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.

Junior meetings for Ms. Sullivan and Mr. Rosenfeld

Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by for Juniors.

To all Ms. Sullivan’s and Mr. Rosenfeld’s juniors,

Your “second November meeting” has been scheduled as follows…

These meetings will take place in room A320 during period 9.

I realize I am sending this message out rather late for the people who will be meeting tomorrow (Thursday, November 29th). Please forgive me, my laptop was in the repair shop and I just got it back this evening. Do me a favor and pass the word out to any juniors you know who are in these groups. (My juniors should met with me in the Research Room (A214) during the periods scheduled in the calendar.)

Junior Teacher Assignments

Posted on Sunday, November 25, 2012 by for Juniors.

Hello juniors, be aware that you will be scheduled for meetings soon. The following table shows which students have been assigned to which supervising teacher for the remainder of this semester.

Please remember to submit the first draft of the "First Intel Personal Essay" (Your promise as a scientist, mathematician, or engineer) before you leave school on Monday. This assignment will be forwarded to your supervising teacher along with your resume, graded Hubble paper analysis, contract, and other material.

Junior Teacher Assignments
Elert Rosenfeld Sullivan
Mark Aizin Onur Ayaz Shahodat Azimova
Christopher Ayala Amy Cao Varvara Budetti
Aziza Babaeva Bryan Chan Alisha Bunting
Allen Barbarovich Xin Yi Chen Chelsea Green
Yasmine Brown-Williams Leonidas Eracleous Stefanie Henry
Sammi Chung Samuel Genchikmakher Rodolfo Hernandez
Kyana Exceus Kharene Gittens Bilal Hussain
Walter Farez Ying Tong Guo Edward Isakov
Shadika Jahan Tasnim Halim Navish Javed
Joel Jose Remi Henry Mosamed (Tasnin) Kabir
Maqadus Khan Ashley Lamarre Kelly Kwong
Jasmin Kim Cindy Li Shirley Li
Tiffany Mai Jessica Liang Ting Lin
Nikia Miller Michael Lu Andy Liu
Kiara Nunez Ellysa Magloire Ada Ma
Shubh Rana Fionne Pham Sumreen Meer
Almas Shafiq Georgia Ross Chukwunonso Nwasike
Deniss Sivohins Adam Soliman Akeem Pinnock
Helen Wu Ameenah Sukkur Jenny Wang
Winnie Wu Jia Ying Tan Annie Zheng
Jonathan Yuen Jeffrey Tsui  
Joeky Zhou Ashley Yip  

Updated Friday, December 7, 2012

Junior Surveys (and Other Due Dates)

Posted on Monday, November 19, 2012 by for Juniors.

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All juniors in Science Research, please fill out and print this survey as soon as possible. Deposit your completed survey in my mailbox in the Research Room (A214). Do this on Wednesday, November 21 before you leave school for Thanksgiving Break. This deadline also applies to the final drafts of your resumes (but of course, you already figured this out).

First drafts of your Intel Personal Essays (Assignment 6) are due when we return on Monday, November 26. Place them in my mailbox in the Research Room as soon as you are able. (Please do not wait until the end of the day.)

Also, if you haven’t received credit for entries in your lab log for the month of October, stop by the Research Room periods 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, or 10 on Wednesday, November 21st. (Lab log entries for November will be checked at the first meeting of December.)

2012 Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research

Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.


Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research, features a group of leading scientists from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center presenting their work to high school students and science teachers, offering a chance for them to interact and ask questions about the latest advances in biomedical research. Midwood has always supported this event with a large number of research students.

The seminar will be held at the Rockefeller Research Laboratories, 430 East 67th Street (between First and York Avenues) on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. One point of extra credit will be awarded to all students who attend and complete this assignment for any one of the speakers. Official attendance is taken by group photo at the end of the event. Place your completed (typed) assignment in my mailbox in the Research Room at any time during the school day on Thursday, November 8.

Registration is easy, but finding a seat with a good view isn’t. This event has gotten so popular that the folks at MSKCC needed to set up satellite viewing stations in adjacent conference rooms. Get there a bit early if possible. Light refreshments have traditionally been served before the lectures begin (pizza, chips, fruit, soda, coffee). Single use MetroCards will be made available for any student who needs one to attend.

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Midwood Science Research

Midwood Science Research Program
Glenn Elert — Coordinator
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Michael McDonnell — Principal
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