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Junior Meeting Groups

Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by for Juniors.

Juniors: Check the table below, then check the calendar. You are currently scheduled for two small group meetings in October and one in November. (New groups will be established after November 13, 2013.) All meetings take place in the Research Room (A214). Place any assignments in my mailbox in the Research Room one business day before your meeting (except lab logs — bring those with you to your meeting). Consult the meeting page for more info on which assignment(s) are due each time.

Junior Meeting Groups
Name Group   Name Group
Muhammad Abdulla 4.1 Sandra Lin 9.1
Rolens Ambroise 7.1 Salma Momtaz 9.1
Rosa Basevich 3.2 Marisol Morales 9.2
Charlynn Trish Ben 8.1 Floren Moskvitin 3.1
Hussain Bokhari 4.1 Scarlett Neuberger 4.1
Aarin Chase 4.1 Meghan Ng 2.3
Colleen Chasteau 4.1 Christine Ou 9.2
Cindy Chee 8.1 Bernice Pham 3.2
Amy Chen 8.1 Monique Powell 2.1
Vivian Cheng 8.1 Vinitha Punnoose 3.2
Dina Deng 3.1 Saba Sakhi 9.2
Michael Divgun 3.2 Patrice Sanderson 8.2
Valeriya Falkovich 7.1 Carmine See 8.2
Hasan Farraj 9.1 Madeeha Sheikh 7.1
Jennifer Ferd 9.3 Beyhan Taylan 4.3
Jacquelyne Gilman 2.3 Gianniniamani Theobbles 2.3
Diana Grinberg 2.3 Glenmore Thomas 4.3
Mohammed Hasan 2.2 Emily Tung 2.1
Syeda Hillary 3.1 Sarah Walsh 4.2
Jing Wei Hu 8.2 Wenli Wang 2.2
Xiaoyan Hu 9.1 Grace Win 4.2
Shanna Huang 9.3 Yukie Wong 9.3
Zainab Iqbal 2.2 Richard Wu 2.1
Taulant Kastrati 7.1 Jocelyn Yeung 9.3
Tia Kellman 4.2 Jessica Yip 2.1
Isheta Khanom 3.1 Corinna Yong 9.2
Melissa Lee 4.3 Raymond Yu 3.1
Sophia Liao 2.2 Barbara Zamilatskaya 4.2
Lucy   Lin 9.1 Mavis Zhou 4.3

Last updated: October 3, 2013.


Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 by for Juniors, Seniors.

Wednesday, October 2 and Thursday, October 3, 2013 are resume review days (a.k.a. Resu-mania!). Juniors registered to section 1 of the class show up on Wednesday. Juniors in section 2 show up on Thursday. We will meet in room A320 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 this second draft of your resume in my 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.

Maker Faire needs volunteers

Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

Started in San Mateo, California in 2006 (followed by Detroit, New York, Rome, and Tokyo), Maker Faire is the premier event for grassroots innovation. As the World’s Largest DIY Festival, this two-day family friendly Faire has something for everyone — a showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness and a celebration of the Maker mindset. This year’s Maker Faire will be held at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing, Queens on Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Maker Faire NYC has been described as carnival sideshow meets science fair, with robots, engineers, rockets, computer geekery and body paint. Imagine, you can get all that for FREE by volunteering. Just four hours gets you a day pass, eight hours gets you in for the weekend. Highlights this year include the Life-Sized Mousetrap, Coke Zero and Mentos show, 3D printer village, and Hack-a-Puppet. Learn to solder, weld, pick locks, knit, and program an Arduino or Raspberry Pi.

Midwood Science Summer Research

Posted on Monday, June 24, 2013 by for Juniors.

Hello Juniors – soon to be seniors. Here are two notes on summer research.

If you want a summer school student MetroCard, have your mentor contact me stating the approximate hours/days/weeks you will be working. I will then add your name to a list. Ms. Ardito will be at Midwood in her office with the list and a small bundle of MetroCards July 15–17 from 8:30 AM–12:00 PM. Bring your Midwood ID. If your name’s on the list and you show your ID, you get a MetroCard. Note the expiration date when you get it.

The summer assignment for Senior Science Research is to come as close as possible to completing a research project and a research paper. We recommend following the guidelines in this slightly modified version of Warren D. Dolphin’s Writing Lab Reports and Scientific Papers. Bring the first draft of your research paper with you to the first general meeting of the fall semester (probably Monday, September 9). Everyone will write something over the summer, no matter how near or far your project is to completion. We always hit our deadlines at Midwood Science.

Have a fun and productive summer.

World Science Festival needs volunteers

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

World Science Festival

The World Science Festival will be held from Wednesday, May 29th to Sunday, June 2nd at various times and locations across New York City. The festival organizers are looking for high school students who have a passion for science and are willing to contribute time, talent, and enthusiasm.

A list of qualifications and assignments is available at this web page. Register at this web page. Tell them when you are available and how you think you can help. A brief interview and/or training session will be required of all potential volunteers. Extra credit will be awarded, of course, and transit will be covered.

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

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