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Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by for Juniors, Seniors.

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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    

World Science Festival: City of Science needs volunteers

Posted on Sunday, December 3, 2017 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

The World Science Festival City of Science returns to Brooklyn on Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Park Slope Armory (361 15th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215). Join the World Science Festival and Con Edison for this larger-than-life, touring event where the wondrous properties of science, technology, engineering, and math collide. Filled with interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities, and enormous exhibitions, this free program unleashes everyone’s inner scientist.

Volunteers are needed to help with assisting science explainers, line management and greeting guests. You’ll be asked to join one short conference call with your zone leader prior to the event date. Midwood Science Research students who volunteer will receive +2 points of credit toward their final grade for the fall semester. (Forward a copy of your itinerary and provide a photo of yourself at the event for attendance and publicity purposes.) All volunteers also receive a T-shirt, food, beverages, and discounts to select 2018 World Science Festival programs.

To sign up, CLICK HERE and fill out a short form. For questions, please contact

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Application for change to Honors Research course (a.k.a. 1.05)

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 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) must fill out, print, sign, and present this form to their supervising teacher during the first week of December. 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 "mentors (shared)". You were all provided with a link to this spreadsheet in September. View it and check 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.

Resumania 2017

Posted on Sunday, September 24, 2017 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

Monday, September 25 and Tuesday, September 26, 2017 are resume review days (a.k.a. Resumania). Juniors registered to Ms. Katzoff’s section of the class show up on Monday. Juniors in Mr. Elert’s section show up on Tuesday. We will meet in room A220 during period 9 on both days.

Seniors show up on both days for full extra credit or one out of two days for half extra credit. It is entirely possible that the meeting will run into period 10. If you have some need to leave quickly during this event, you should not volunteer to participate. Resumes will be divided as evenly as possible between the seniors that arrive on either day. More seniors means less work and a quicker departure.

Juniors will revise their resumes and then resubmit them. Place the second draft of your resume in your supervising teacher’s mailbox in the Research Room (A214) one business day before your next scheduled small group meeting. Groups assignments and meeting dates will be announced soon.

Junior Exit Meetings and Summer School MetroCards

Posted on Friday, June 2, 2017 by for Juniors.

Airplane emergency card exit cartoon   ☜ All of my juniors should meet with me period 3, 5, 7, 8, or 9 on Monday, June 5 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.

Application for Change to 1.05 Weighted Course

Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017 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 2016 must fill out, print, sign, and present this form to their supervising teacher along with an up to date lab log. You need to apply every semester. Renewal is not automatic. See your supervising teacher sometime Monday through Thursday this week unless you were told to do something different.

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. A handful of juniors still have not done this. You will be contacted by email if this is the case.

The 10th annual World Science Festival needs you

Posted on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 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 6 days (Tuesday, May 30 through Sunday, June, 4). 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. What are you waiting for? Click here to volunteer.

A late evening scene of the WSF with Downtown New York in the background

Apply now for a STEM Matters NYC summer program

Posted on Sunday, March 26, 2017 by for Freshmen, Juniors, Sophomores.

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The STEM Matters NYC initiative offers authentic, experiential, hands-on science and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) enrichment programs for schools, teachers, and students to promote and reinforce science knowledge and practices, strengthen science teaching, and build schools’ capacity to support students pursuing careers in STEM fields.

Programs for high school students are at the NYC DOE’s Environmental Study Center and NYC Center for Space Science Education with connections to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and SUNY Old Westbury. Programs feature 2-week camps, high school internships, and a 4-week college credit bearing course. Programs run during July and August. Application deadline is Friday, April 28, 2017. High school programs require applicants to submit a Teacher Letter of Support, which is due on Monday, April 3. Click here to apply.

Plants and Society

An Introduction to Plants and Their Importance in Society is a lecture/laboratory course in plants and society. This course will introduce students to the diversity of form and function in plants. It will emphasize sustainability and plants’ importance in society. Group and individual projects will include the use of light and dissecting microscopes, study of photosynthesis and cellular respiration, cultivation of common vegetables, and exploration of vegetation. Students who have successfully completed Living Environment are invited to apply. Students who successfully pass this course will earn 4 SUNY College credits.

Earth Climate Institute

Have you ever wondered how scientists study Earth’s changing climate? Did you know that NASA has a lot to do with it? Learn how NASA contributes to our understanding of climate by participating in the Earth Climate Institute. Students will explore climate change through the lens of NASA’s Earth Observing System, discover how remote sensing works, learn how the Earth Observing System satellites collect data, and use computer programs to investigate the meaning of the data. Students will also visit NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) to learn about careers at NASA and meet the scientists who are doing this research. On the final day of the Institute, students will take a simulated mission to the International Space Station, putting all they have learned to the test, as they work as a team to solve a developing crisis in Earth’s orbit to complete their mission and return safely back to Earth.


  • Environmental Study Center
  • July and August; multiple sessions available
  • Teaching Assistant 8:30–3:30 every day
  • Animal Care and Gardener Internship 8:30–1:30 every day

The Environmental Study Center (ESC) is looking for responsible, motivated, and energetic high school students to participate in an exciting internship opportunity. ESC offers a variety of internships including teacher assistants, gardeners, and animal care providers. Interns will create and complete a culminating project at the end of the internship. At the conclusion of the internship, students will receive a certificate verifying the number of hours worked and the contributions made to ESC.


Are you a high school student experienced with LEGO Mindstorms? Do you want to help teach younger students how to use it? The NYC Center for Space Science Education (NYCCSSE) is looking for responsible, motivated, and energetic high school students to participate in an exciting internship opportunity. Our weekly camps have an aerospace and robotics theme. Selected interns will work with elementary and middle school campers using LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robotic kits, and will create and lead a LEGO Mindstorms activity as a culminating project. At the conclusion of the internship, students will receive a certificate verifying the number of hours worked and the contributions made to NYCCSSE.

Applications open for 2017 Joint Science and Technology Institute (free tuition)

Posted on Sunday, March 26, 2017 by for Freshmen, Juniors, Sophomores.

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The Joint Science and Technology Institute (JSTI) is a two-week, fully-funded, residential STEM research program for current high school students sponsored by the US Army Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). Students will participate in research projects mentored by Department of Defense research scientists and other subject matter experts. The purpose of the program is to inspire and encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, increase STEM literacy, and expose students to the importance of STEM through hands-on, relevant research. All expenses are paid for the students, including travel to and from the program location in Aberdeen, Maryland.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a US citizen
  • Must be age 15 by July 1, 2017
  • Must be entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in the 2017–18 academic year
  • Must have a submitted reference to be considered. Reference requests are sent automatically from your application submission.
  • Must be willing to follow all program and safety instructions
  • Must be able to participate in all activities for the full program period, July 22 to August 4, 2017

All students are encouraged to apply, regardless of GPA. A diverse group of students will be selected. High School students apply here. Deadline for applications is Friday, March 31, 2017.

Creating Sustainable Cities: Pathways to Action

Posted on Thursday, March 9, 2017 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

Creating Sustainable Cities: Pathways to Action will provide a unique platform for students, organizations, and employers to meet and learn about exciting opportunities in fields related to urban sustainability.

Topics will include local ecosystem restoration and resilience, urban transportation, tools for urban sustainability, avenues of community involvement, and the rise of citizen science. The goal of the event is to introduce high school and college students to the concept of urban sustainability and create awareness for opportunities to get engaged. Speakers include.

AP Enviromental Science students and anyone else is welcome to attend. Register through Eventbrite. Extra credit will be awarded for students who complete the usual public lecture assignment for one of the speakers.

You are invited to this Friday’s LAB Out Loud [LOL] at The Rockefeller University

Posted on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

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You are invited to this Friday’s LAB Out Loud [LOL] at The Rockefeller University — Microbial Engineers: The Science of Fermented Foods (Friday, March 10, 2017 4:30 PM–7:00 PM).

Microbes, like bacteria, yeast, and mold, are the invisible engineers of the planet. They have the power to transform rocks into minerals, logs into soil, and raw ingredients into delicious fermented foods like cheese, chocolate, and pickles. In the Wolfe lab, we use fermented foods as model systems to better understand these invisible engineers, including how microbes interact with each other and with their environments. From fungal superhighways in cheese rinds to slimy biofilms in fermented tea, our talk will highlight the surprising microbial communities living in your favorite fermented foods.

Come hear scientists Dr. Benjamin Wolfe and Elizabeth Landis from Tufts University share their work using food to study microbial ecosystems! Following the talk, students will have a chance to network with scientists and determine their microbial soul-mates through a fun activity.

This event is open to all high school students in the New York City area, free of charge! Registration must be submitted by attending high school students directly — a change from previous Lab Out Loud [LOL] events. All students under age 18 must obtain parental consent while completing the online form. Extra credit will be awarded to all students who provide proof of attendance and complete the usual assignment by the next school day.

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Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by for Juniors, Sophomores.

Scholarship and standard applications have just opened up for Camp Cardiac & Camp Neuro 2017.

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 In addition, you may download PDF flyers by clicking on the following links:

Paper It Forward

Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

Sophomore research students are gearing up to submit their AP Capstone assessment to the College Board at the end of this week. Since Ms. Mosley is unable to give direct feedback, we would like juniors and seniors to help the sophomores with their papers. Each junior/senior will work with 2 two sophomores, go over their paper, and help them edit it against a provided rubric.

This activity will take place Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16 during period 4. Each day you participate adds 1 point toward your final grade.

Please see Ms. Mosley by the end of the day today if you are interested and available.

NYU summer research program

Posted on Sunday, February 5, 2017 by for Juniors, Sophomores.

The Center for K12 STEM Education at NYU Tandon School of Engineering is accepting applications for our fourth cohort of NYC high school students to participate in Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE), a free summer research program in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. In addition to performing authentic research while being mentored by a graduate student and/or faculty member in a faculty lab on NYU’s campus, students are taught public speaking skills, complete a presentation on their work, and learn about the history and ethics of science and research. Some of the previous ninety ARISE participants have continued their research into the school year, co-authored scientific papers, attended professional conferences, or entered science competitions based on their work.

Please forward this email directly to eligible students and interested adults. The application deadline is 5PM, March 1st, 2017.

We are looking for:

  • New York City residents who are currently in 10th or 11th grade.
  • Academically prepared, highly motivated students.
  • Applicants with a passion for science, technology, engineering and math.
  • Students who will attend the entire program, full time, from July 5, 2017 to August 18, 2017.
  • Responsible students who have demonstrated:an ability to make and fulfill commitments, timeliness and persistence.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the program’s website here.

Copyright © 2017 NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Center for K12 STEM Education, All rights reserved.

Junior teacher assignments for the spring semester

Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2017 by for Juniors.

Junior teacher assignments, Spring 2017
Mr. Elert Ms. Mosley
Aysheh Barqawi Noran Abo Donia
Linda Chen Nadine Adham
Joyce Chow Fern Bromley
Yiming Dai Rafaella Bruzual
Jennifer Duong Oran Chak
Hafsa Fatima Dan Hong Chen
Ellen Gyulbudaghyan Sarah Elmosbah
Judy Huang Ramy Fata
Hebah Jihad Jose Guzman
Elizabeth Joseph Md Hoque
Charles Kambourakis Calvin Huynh
Sabina Kubayeva Saba Iqbal
Albina Kukic Shakila Islam
Ivy Li Shanjida Kamal
Wendy Lliguichuzhca Beien Lin
Gabrielle Milman Shawal Malik
Naila Mirza Giuseppina Mammoliti
Christina Ng Kathy Mania
Benjamin Nguyen Evelyn Martinez
Katie Nikishina Alice Mo
Olexandr Pustovoyt Emily Orman
Soanne Saint Victor Savlatjon Rahmatulloev
Aushna Saleem Jessica Rakhamim
Rianna Segal Alma Samarxhiu
Allan Shikh Leah Shteinberg
David Shikh Iryna Svezhenets
Vincent Wang Eddie Xu
Mei Mei Weng Joanna Yan
Andrew Zhang Michelle Zinger
Jessie Zheng  

2017 DNA Day Essay Contest

Posted on Sunday, January 8, 2017 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

The question for this year’s American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) DNA Day Essay Contest is now available. This competition is ideal for AP Biology students (current or former) or research students interning in a lab focused on genetics — especially genetics as it relates to medicine.

Question: In the early 1990s, gene therapy was hailed as a potential treatment or cure for many genetic diseases and conditions. Unfortunately, problems during clinical trials, including the death of a patient due to a fatal immune reaction, forced scientists to re-think their strategies. Recent advances in biology have made gene therapy more promising than ever and expanded the field beyond its original concept of providing an additional, functional copy of a malfunctioning gene to specific cells. Choose one modern example of gene therapy (since 2005), describe the disease or condition researchers are attempting to treat, and explain how the therapy/approach might repair the underlying cause of the disease or condition.

Have a quick read of the 2017 contest rules, rubric, and deadlines before beginning. This contest is open to students in grades 9–12 worldwide. Essays must be written in English and are limited to 750 words, not including references. (Essays must include at least one reference. More than one reference is recommended.) Entries must be authenticated by a teacher. No entries may be submitted without the approval of Ms. Ross. Essays must be submitted electronically on or before March 11, 2017. Essays are expected to be well reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts related to the question. Each essay will be read by three judges from the ASHG.

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Weill Cornell Medical College Annual Regional Pre­-Medical Conference

Posted on Monday, October 24, 2016 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

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Weill Cornell Medical College will conduct its Annual Regional Pre­-Medical Conference for high school and undergraduate college students on Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Conference objectives include: workshops on preparing for a career in the health professions and networking opportunities with medical students, physicians, and administrators. Lunch will be provided. The conference will be held in the Uris Auditorium, 1300 York Avenue at 69th Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The nearest subway is the 6 train at 68th Street–Hunter College.

Due to the large number of responses in past years, and the limited seating capacity of the auditorium, the conference organizers are requesting that guidance counselors only register students who are keenly interested and in attending the conference. High schools are being asked to register no more than 10 students per school. See Ms. Murdoch in room 134 for information on how to register through Eventbrite. The deadline for registration is Thursday, November 10, 2016. This event has no website. For more information contact Sahira Torres at or 212-746-3390.

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