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Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 by for Juniors, Seniors.

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NYCSEF 2020 Signature Pages

Posted on Sunday, November 24, 2019 by for Juniors, NYCSEF, Seniors.

NYCSEF Signature Page

Seniors (and a few juniors), I need your NYCSEF signature pages on or before Monday, December 2, 2019 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. The rest of the paperwork along with a complete research paper must be ready by Wednesday, December 11, 2019. All photocopying will be done at this time. Do not make any copies before this date.

Fall teacher assignments

Posted on Friday, September 20, 2019 by for Juniors, Seniors.

Midwood Science Research 2020
Elert Seniors Katzoff Seniors Mosley Seniors
Ihtsham Chaudhry Ashley Chin Naffisat Atanda
Hong Wei Chen Daniel Drozdov Serena Duran
Oliwia Dankiw Kelly Guan Tristan Ene
Nadzeya Fliaha Victoria Habbchy Gloria Glenn
Tanzena Haque Jasmine Huang Idrees Ilahi
Henry Hua Anum Jabeen Emily Ly
Mariyum Jahan Suraiya Khoja Tanisa Rahman
Alyssa Kattan Jessica Lin Defne Sener
Esther Lee Noor Mohammad
Blessin Mcfarlane Lameya Rahman  
Almedina Mulic Stella Ruan  
Kevin Ng Jessica Zheng  
Tiffany Ngo    
Gabriella Shalumov    
Meghan Stern    
Elert Juniors Katzoff Juniors Mosley Juniors
Mohinur Abdullaeva Alexiz Aguilar Sarah Akram
Fariha Ahmed Lyna Ammi Muskan Ali
Zilola Ashurboyeva Emily Chen Jenane Benhalima
Anna Chen Victoria Garcia Jason Calangi
Ivy Chen Nichole Gutierrez Treazure Da Breo
Tinnie Chen Zainab Ishfaq Nitu Farhin
Maham Ghori Aliyeh Khan Darryl Francois
Suzayet Hoque Declan Lin Jenny He
Judy Huang Rachel Malinkovich Xinyi Huang
Aya Ibrahim Marlen Mendieta-Camaron Shehan Hussain
Nicole Kravets Monica Mesiha Lazizakhon Ibrakhimova
Tamari Kvaratskhelia Zita Mimer Ilana Kolomiyets
Helen Pan Malayka Mudassar Edward Li
Hong Bin Pan Evelyn Schwartsman Sonya Liang
Tasnia Shadat Jessica Serheyeva Tiffany Ng Li
Tahreem Sittar Kirsten Shyu Hassan Rizwan
Jaden Thomas Victoria Tatarynova Oscar Rojasperez
Samiha Uddin Jacklyn Vu Madelynn Yung
Nelly Zhang    
Amanda Zhou    

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Junior research exit meetings and summer school MetroCards

Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2019 by for Juniors.

Airplane emergency card exit cartoon   ☜ All of juniors should meet with their supervising teacher during the last week of classes for an exit meeting. Bring your lab log. Topics for discussion include spring semester grades and summer research plans.   MetroCard Man at 2011 Maker Faire with 2 Midwood students
☞ Summer school MetroCards will be arranged for students that need them. Have your mentor contact me stating that you will be working in their lab over the summer. MetroCards will be available in the first or second week of July and will expire in the middle of August.

Junior Teacher Assignments

Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2019 by for Juniors.

Updated 01/31/2019
Elert Juniors Katzoff Juniors Mosley Juniors
Shaireen Akter Sezer Benoit-Savci Naffisat Atanda
Anna Azaryev Ashley Chin Zyhra Casero
Ihtsham Chaudhry Kelly Guan Justin Chow
Hong Wei Chen Victoria Habbchy Serena Duran
Oliwia Dankiw Jasmine Huang Tristan Ene
Nadzeya Fliaha Anum Jabeen Gloria Glenn
Tanzena Haque Alyssa Kattan Henry Hua
Mariyum Jahan Suraiya Khoja Idrees Ilahi
Nasrin Kashem Ali Leventeli Emily Hoan Ly
Esther Lee Jessica Lin Nisha Manahil
Blessin McFarlane Noor Mohammad Tanisa Rahman
Alana Neria Lameya Rahman Robiyakhon Ramziddinova
Kevin Ng Laura Rosas Vidal Defne Sener
Gabriella Shalumov Stella Ruan Linda Zhang
Sarah Sookoo Tracy Shi Rebecca Zhang
Meghan Stern Jessica Zheng Victor Zheng
Shakira Thompson    

RockEDU Presents: Knowledge is power: Can you own an idea?

Posted on Friday, November 9, 2018 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Lectures, Seniors.

The Founding Fathers called for a patent system in the Constitution to "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts." On June 19, 2018, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued patent number 10 million. Patent 10 million marked a historical point in the American intellectual property system dating back to the first U.S. patent, signed 228 years ago by George Washington on July 31, 1790, and issued to Samuel Hopkins for a process of making potash, an ingredient used in fertilizer. Since then, the patent system has grown with applications across all scientific disciplines. While supporters of the patent system argue that it drives innovation, others argue that the system is skewed to favor large corporations and encourages monopolies. Laura Macro, PhD, JD is an Associate at a large New York law firm and she will lead the discussion.

Dr. Macro earned her PhD in Cellular Biophysics from The Rockefeller University in 2012 and her JD from Fordham University in 2017. Dr. Macro focuses her practice on patent litigation and prosecution in the life sciences sector. Dr. Macro is well versed in a variety of technologies, and her experience includes representing a wide range of companies, from start-ups to large research universities.

This event is open to all high school students in the New York City area, free of charge. Register now! Extra credit will be awarded to students who complete the usual requirements for attending a lecture.

Fri, November 16, 2018 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM EST
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Carson Family Auditorium
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Ave. New York, NY 10065
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Temporary teacher assignments

Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2018 by for Juniors.

Temporary teacher assignments Updated Sunday, October 21, 2018
Mr. Elert Ms. Mosley
Hong Wei Chen Zyhra Casero
Justin Chow Serena Duran
Tristan Ene Gloria Glenn
Henry Hua Jason Goyfman
Idrees Ilahi Esther Lee
Alyssa Kattan Victor Noel
Emily Ly Meghan Stern
Jessica Meza Pineda Alina Zanub
Kevin Ng  
Defne Sener  
Sarah Sookoo  
Shakira Thompson  

Poly Prep presents Women In Science and Engineering (Poly W.I.S.E.)

Posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

Women In Science and Engineering (W.I.S.E.) is a free annual symposium, founded by Poly Prep educators, Fleurette Turkenkopf and Jamie Nestor. Since it began in 2012, the one-day conference has inspired NYC middle and high school girls to pursue science and engineering and has introduced them to a wide range career options in STEM fields.

Each year, girls from all over the tri-state area descend on the beautiful Poly campus in Brooklyn for a day of inspiration and creativity. They meet accomplished women who work in STEM fields and enjoy a day of hands-on experiences in a variety of workshops specifically designed for grades 5–12. In the workshops, girls collaborate to solve problems using creative design processes. Run exclusively by women, the girls who participate in W.I.S.E. are able to see themselves in the program’s leaders. They leave empowered with the confidence to pursue higher education in STEM and a better understanding of a wide range of career opportunities they may pursue. Through W.I.S.E. and its philosophy, Poly continues to attract girls interested in STEM and to inspire women who are already here.

If you enjoy science, technology, or math, love to tinker and see how things work, or wonder what engineers do, W.I.S.E. welcomes you. This year’s W.I.S.E. event is on Sunday, November 11 from 9 AM to 4 PM at Poly Prep Country Day School, 9216 7th Ave, Brooklyn NY 11228. Please visit to register or email to learn more.


STEM Career Day

Posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

Do you know any high school students interested in learning about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)? If so, encourage them to register now for the 7th Annual STEM Career Day on Tuesday, November 6!

High School students interested in learning more about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), are invited to participate in STEM Career Day on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 to learn first-hand about career pathways in these fields by visiting up to two New York City companies for an inside look. There are so many STEM careers in unexpected places. High school students sign up for the event individually and travel on their own to the companies. Sessions take place at each company and occur from 10:00–11:30 AM and 1:00–2:30 PM. Registration is required. All participants will receive a free t-shirt and a round-trip MetroCard. Sign up now for this amazing experience! Learn more about this opportunity and register to participate. Registration deadline is Friday, October 19, 2018. For questions, email

Junior teacher assignments

Posted on Monday, September 24, 2018 by for Juniors.

Midwood Science Research 2019
Elert Juniors Katzoff Juniors Mosley Juniors
Naffisat Atanda Zyhra Casero Shaireen Akter
Anna Azaryev Hong Wei Chen Lachin Beginyazova
Sezer Benoit Savci Justin Chow Ihtsham Chaudhry
Carolynn Cortez Serena Duran Ashley Chin
Basit Ejaz Tristan Ene Oliwia Dankiw
Nadzeya Fliaha Gloria Glenn Kelly Guan
Sally Gao Jason Goyfman Tanzena Haque
Edward Guiracocha Henry Hua Sofia Jules
Victoria Habbchy Idrees Ilahi Nasrin Kashem
Anum Jabeen Alyssa Kattan Jessica Lin
Suraiya Khoja Esther Lee Sammi Lin
Ali Leventeli Emily Ly Nisha Manahil
Lameya Rahman Jessica Meza Pineda Blessin Mcfarlane
Robiyakhon Ramziddinova Kevin Ng Noor Mohammad
Stella Ruan Victor Noel Almedina Mulic
Gabriella Shalumov Defne Sener Diyora Mullaeva
Tracy Shi Sarah Sookoo Alana Neria
Linda Zhang Meghan Stern Tanisa Rahman
Jessica Zheng Shakira Thompson Laura Rosas Vidal
Victor Zheng Alina Zanub Rebecca Zhang
Wei Tao Zhu    

All juniors need to meet with their supervising teacher for an exit meeting

Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 by for Juniors.

Airplane emergency card exit cartoon   ☜ All juniors need to meet with their supervising teacher during a mutually available free period on Wednesday, June 6 for an exit meeting. Bring your lab log. Topics for discussion include spring semester grades and summer research plans.   MetroCard Man at 2011 Maker Faire with 2 Midwood students
☞ Summer school MetroCards will be arranged for students that need them. Have your mentor contact me stating that you will be working in their lab over the summer. MetroCards will be available in the first or second week of July and will expire in the middle of August.

SUNY Downstate HPREP

Posted on Sunday, May 6, 2018 by for Freshmen, Juniors, Sophomores.

Applications are now open to high school students in grades 9–11 for the Health Professions Recruitment & Exposure Program (HPREP) at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Who:  Motivated 9th–11th grade minority students interested in pursuing a career in medicine.
What:  Students will participate in anatomy dissections, a group research project, and a college preparatory workshop. Through involvement in group activities and discussions, participating students will further develop the academic skills that will prepare them for college and better qualify them to study health-related disciplines. Students will work in groups to research one medically related topic and give a final presentation at the end of the program.
Where:  SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 395 Lenox Rd, Brooklyn NY 11203
When:  Seven 3 hour seminars (10:00 AM–1:00 PM) on Saturdays (October 6 – November 17, 2018). Lunch will be provided.
Why:  Great exposure to medicine, college, and medical school.
Cost:  None! Students must be able to get to and from SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
How:  The application must be completed online and can found at External documentation (such as school consent forms, and transcripts) must be sent to Please submit all application materials together. All items must be received by Monday, September 24th, 2018. Admissions will be on a rolling basis.

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It’s 1.05 time again

Posted on Monday, April 23, 2018 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 2018 must fill out, print, sign, and present this form to their supervising teacher along with an up to date lab log. See your supervising teacher sometime between Monday, April 23 and Friday, April 27 (unless you were told to do something different). Renewal is not automatic. You need to apply every semester.

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.

Manipulating the immune system to control cancer

Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by for Juniors, Lectures, Seniors.

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Learn how the immune system can be harnessed to fight cancer. This talk is part of the quarterly Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) Student Seminar Series, created to share expertise with students, communicate the excitement of cancer research, and create a learning community at MSK. Students grade 9–12 or college are invited, and they can bring classmates. Date & Time: Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 5:00–6:30 PM. Location: Zuckerman Auditorium, 417 East 68th Street (note that this is not the usual location we go to for MSK lectures).

Portrait How the Immune System Can Be Manipulated to Control Cancer

Michael A. Postow, MD is part of the Melanoma and Immunotherapeutics Service and the The Jedd Wolchok Lab. He has an interest in developing clinical trials for patients with melanoma involving immunotherapeutic strategies. His specific areas of interest include studying the immunologic effects of radiotherapy and characterizing pharmacodynamic biomarkers associated with ipilimumab outcomes.

RockEDU Presents: Don’t Stress It with Dr. Katie Davis

Posted on Monday, April 16, 2018 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Lectures, Seniors.

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by your school work? As a practicing clinical psychiatrist, Dr. Davis will discuss best practices that can help reduce school-related anxieties. She will speak about her fMRI research on the connection between learning disorders and anxiety, and share strategies to reduce school-related anxiety to improve studying.

This event is a part of Rockefeller University’s RockEDU science outreach program. Register through Eventbrite now. Free for high school students and teachers.

Friday, April 20, 2018
4:30 PM–6:00 PM EDT
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Carson Family Auditorium
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Ave
New York, NY 10065

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World Science Festival needs volunteers (except on Thursday, May 31)

Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 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 5 days — Wednesday, May 30 through Sunday, June, 3. 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.

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World Science Festival
May 29–June 3 | New York City

Do not volunteer for anything on Thursday, May 31 since that is the day of the Midwood Science Fair. Juniors will be awarded +1 point of extra credit for each day they volunteer. Seniors will receive +5 points of regular credit.

Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro

Posted on Monday, April 2, 2018 by for Juniors, Sophomores.

Camp Cardiac logo Camp Neuro logo

Run by medical students in over 30 cities nationwide with locations in Manhattan and Westchester County, Camp Cardiac & Camp Neuro are 1 week summer day camps open to high school students interested in exploring careers in medicine.

Students may learn more and apply by visiting and Scholarship applications are due Monday, April 16, 2018. The standard deadline is Monday, May 7, 2018 and the tuition is $700.

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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.
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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    
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