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Transcripts delivered

Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by for Intel STS, Seniors.

Transcripts for the Intel Science Talent Search were received by the Society for Science and the Public in Washington, DC on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 9:46 AM. The receipt status of transcripts should be posted to individual student accounts within 3 business days. Check your application. If the receipt of your transcript is not acknowledged by Friday morning, please tell me.

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Sammi Chung wins Intel STS Digital Badge

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 by for Awards, Intel STS.

Sammi Chung was awarded a Student Initiative Badge "in recognition of her exceptional effort and accomplishment relative to available resources" for her entry in the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search. The Society for Science & the Public in partnership with the Intel Foundation awards digital badges to inspire learning, confirm accomplishment and validate the acquisition of knowledge or skills. Sammi’s winning project was entitled "Electrode Size Effect on Microbial Fuel Cell". She worked under the supervision of Dr. Sophia Suarez and Ms. Yara Adam in the Department of Physics at Brooklyn College.

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New judging system denies badges

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 by for Intel STS, Media.

Under the new judging guidelines, most seniors in the Science Research program have only earned entrant badges in the Intel Science Talent Search (STS). This digital award, which is one of many, is given to every participant; however, last year’s eleven seniors won more badges than this year’s senior research class.

"I was surprised that the science research students, as a group, received a fewer other badges than the entrant badge considering the quality and depth of the papers submitted," said Stefanie Henry ’14.

In the beginning of January, seniors were notified by the Society for Science and the Public (SSP) that they would receive their badges shortly, but they weren’t emailed back.

"I thought that there was a mistake," said Mr. Glenn Elert, Coordinator for Science Research. "These students have worked very hard on their projects. Some of the research papers were good, and some of them were excellent, but the seniors have nothing to show for it."

Mr. Elert personally sent an e-mail to the SSP about what had happened. The e-mail mentioned that several schools have experienced a decline in the number of badges being presented because the Intel STS "refined their criteria on what they were looking for" in science projects.

"As a student who has worked three long years on his project," said Chris Ayala ’14, "to be presented with the explanation that the judges refined their criteria on what they were looking for was no excuse for the lack of badges this year."

Sounding eager to help out future applicants, the SSP considered making improvements to the badging system by asking evaluators how they’re evaluating. That way, applicants could know what they can do to improve their applications.

"I’ll believe it when I see it," Ms. Sullivan, a research teacher, said. "There’s a sense of blindness one feels when applying to Intel. If I were a student, I would feel very discouraged not knowing what I can do for my paper."

According to Intel, the Intel STS is a national science competition in which high school students compete for $1,250,000 in scholarships. The badging system was introduced to Midwood last year, though it was used two years earlier by the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). These badges award students on scientific-based merits, such as writing a research paper especially well or showing student initiative.

"As a still growing competition," said Ayala ’14, "I understand that they had to make new policies but there was no reason to make it so that barely anyone won, especially without stating requirements of the badges."

Taulant Kastrati & Charlynn Trish Ben
This article originally appeared in the February 2014 edition of Argus.

         
   
To earn an Intel STS Entrant Badge, all portions of the application must be completed at the high level expected, provide complete and thoughtful responses, and accurately cite sources and not claim the work of others.   An Intel STS Research Report Badge is awarded to an entrant who has submitted a well-written, college-level, journal-style research report based upon his or her own independent science research.   An Intel STS Student Initiative Badge is awarded to an entrant who has exhibited extraordinary effort and dedication in his or her pursuit of scientific research and has made great accomplishments relative to the resources available to him or her.
         
   
Intel STS Semifinalist Badges are awarded to an entrant selected as one of 300 semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search.   Intel STS Finalist Badges are awarded to an entrant selected as one of 40 finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search.   The the teacher of each successful applicant listed in their application will also receive an Intel STS Research Teacher Badge
         

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Seniors: Notes on completing the Intel STS

Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by for Intel STS, Seniors.

  • Make sure your research paper has a footer with the page numbers on the right and nothing else (not your name and not the title). Do not add a header. The website will add one automatically with your name and registration number.
  • Show your supervising teacher that the application is complete. All parts of the application must be filled in — including all applicable optional questions. Your supervising teacher must approve and witness your final submission.
  • When you are almost done the website will give you a PDF of your entire application. Save a copy for yourself and give one copy to Mr. Elert via email or sneakernet (i.e. save it on a Flash drive, then walk over and hand it to him).
  • Everything must be done in school before the end of period 10 on Wednesday. No one is allowed to stay after school to finish or to complete the application from home.

Third Way

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11 Midwood science students receive Intel STS badges

Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 by for Awards, Intel STS.

Together with Intel, the Society for Science & the Public has launched a digital badging system to recognize achievement in the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS). The concept of digital badging focuses on badges as a means to inspire learning, confirm accomplishment and validate the acquisition of knowledge or skills.

The following students won the Student Initiative Badge in recognition of their exceptional effort and accomplishment relative to available resources.

  • Evelyn Veliz
    Project: Role of Reck and VEGF Signaling Pathway During Brain Angiogenesis
    Mentor: Dr. Jesus Torres-Vazquez, Department of Developmental Genetics, NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Roxana Bravo
    Project: The Restoration of Myelin Content
    Mentor: Dr. Peter Bergold, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

The following students won the Research Report Badge in recognition of their exceptionally well-written college-level report covering the research they submitted to the Intel Science Talent Search

  • Evelyn Veliz
    Project: Role of Reck and VEGF Signaling Pathway During Brain Angiogenesis
    Mentor: Dr. Jesus Torres-Vazquez, Department of Developmental Genetics, NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Roxana Bravo
    Project: The Restoration of Myelin Content
    Mentor: Dr. Peter Bergold, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Anna Chen
    Project: Heat Treatment of Ammonium Vanadate: Electrolyte in a PEMFC
    Mentor: Dr. Sophia Suarez, Department of Physics, Brooklyn College
  • Jian Cong (Leo) Liao
    Project: Computer-animated images of mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis) produced different preference and behavior effects on live individuals depending on features displayed
    Mentor: Dr. Maurizio Porfiri, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NYU Polytechnic Institute
  • Judy Li
    Project: The Effect of Allium cepa and Allium sativum on Tetrahymena thermophila
    Mentor: Dr. Ralph Alcendor, Department of Biological Sciences, New York City College of Technology
  • Prianka Zaman
    Project: The Function of γδ T cells
    Mentor: Dr. Ellen Hsu, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Ryan Fraser
    Project: Immobilization of Photosystem II Core Complexes onto Titanium Dioxide Surfaces
    Mentor: Dr. Michele Vittadello, Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Medgar Evers College
  • Samantha Cham
    Project: Characterization of Cyanobacteria Bloom Factors on Toxicity in Prospect Park Lake
    Mentor: Dr. Brett F. Branco, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College
  • Tiffany Lui
    Project: Sensitivity of the CELF-4, TROG-2, and EOWPVT in Children with SLI
    Mentor: Dr. Klara Marton, Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Yao Jiang
    Project: The Role of Pyrite in the Iron-Sulfur World Theory: Anti-theory with Oxygen
    Mentor: Dr. Mim Lal Nakarmi, Department of Physics, Brooklyn College
  • Yongjian (Sam) Cen
    Project: The Correlation Between Caffeine Consumption and Teenage Sleep Deficiency
    Mentor: Dr. Carlos Restrepo, High School Fellows Program, NYU School of Medicine

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Hello seniors

Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by for Intel STS, Seniors.

Hello Seniors,

I sent you a message today. Did you read it? Of course you did.

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Long email to seniors

Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 by for Extra Credit, Intel STS, Seniors.

Here’s a copy of the long email I sent to all the seniors today.

seniors.txt

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Junior Assignment – Intel Science Talent Search Application

Posted on Saturday, February 5, 2011 by for Intel STS, Juniors.

ms word doc icon

Answer all relevant questions in this Word document to the best of your ability. Questions marked with an asterisk are required and must be answered. Type your responses in the blank space below each question. Do not modify the formatting. Save frequently. Do not print. Email the completed document to your supervising teacher at least one day before your February meeting.

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2006 Intel Science Talent Search

Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2006 by for Awards, Intel STS.

Now in its 65th year, the Intel Science Talent Search (STS) is the oldest and most highly-regarded science competition in the United States. Midwood students have a long and distinguished record of superior performance in this "Junior Nobel Prize". In the year 2006, Midwood had three semifinalists.

Semifinalists

  • Kerry Li
    Determination of Functional Domains of a Platelet Cell Adhesion Molecule by Site-directed Mutagenesis
  • Elina Melamed
    Analysis of nutrition and health of children from a 1st–6th Century AD cemetary at Sirmium, Serbia.
  • Michael Vishnevetsky
    Genetically Induced Expression of the p53-derived PNC-28 Peptide Elicits Selective Apoptosis
    in Human Pancreatic Cancer Cells

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2005 Intel Science Talent Search

Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 by for Awards, Intel STS.

Now in its 64th year, the Intel Science Talent Search (STS) is the oldest and most highly-regarded science competition in the United States. Midwood students have a long and distinguished record of superior performance in this "Junior Nobel Prize". In the year 2004, Midwood had three semifinalists and one finalist.

Zwisohn, Lena, Louis, Olga, and Stack
Steve Zwisohn (principal) Lena Liang, Louis Tullo, Olga Pikovskaya, Alan Stack (teacher)

Finalists

  • Olga Pikovskaya
    for her project "Structural Studies of Metabolite Sensing Messenger RNA". She worked with Dr. Dinshaw Patel and Dr. Alexander Serganov of the Structural Biology Department at Sloan Kettering Institute. The asteroid "1997 FZ3" was also renamed 21355 Pikovskaya in her honor by MIT’s Lincoln Lab as a part of their Ceres Connection program.

Semifinalists

  • Lena Liang
    for her project "Crystal Stucture of Multidrug Resistance Regulator NorR". She worked with Dr. Dinshaw Patel and Dr. Yu-Ren Yuan of the Structural Biology Department at Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research.
  • Louis Tullo
    for his project "A New Mechanism of Receptor Regulation: Ecto-Site Phosphorylation". He worked with Dr. Elizabeth Kornecki of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

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