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2014 Young Naturalist Awards Winners

Posted on Friday, April 25, 2014 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

The Young Naturalist Awards is a research-based science competition for students in grades 7-12 to promote participation and communication in science. Four Midwood students were semifinalists in the 2014 competition — the most in one year!

  • Kharene Gittens
    Project: Removing lead and arsenic from contaminated soil.
    Mentor: Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College
  • Samuel Genchikmakher
    Project: Effect of an audience on the calling behavior of monk parakeets.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  • Tasnim Halim
    Project: Myiopsitta monachus, the monk parakeet, prefers Rosaceae, fruit tree wood, for nest construction.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  • Jeffrey Tsui
    Project: Brooklyn monk parakeets respond to recorded alarm calls from Florida, Uruguay, and Brazil.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College

Midwood Students place first in State STEP Competition

Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Midwood seniors Kiara Nuñez and Sade Seidu with Crystol Thomas from the Preparatory Academy for Writers in Queens were finalists at the Science Technology Entry Program (STEP) Statewide Student Conference held in Albany from March 28–30. They received First Prize in the Senior Division of Human Services for their project, "Limited Access: How much do you know about Diabetes?" Kiara, Sade, and Crystol were supervised by Mr. Carlos Restrepo at the New York University School of Medicine. Approximately 60 New York State universities participate in STEP, which is funded by the New York State Department of Education.

Sade Seidu (Midwood) and Kiara Nuñez (Midwood)
with Crystol Thomas (Preparatory Academy for Writers)

Raquel Hosein represents Midwood at 2014 Arduino Day

Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

On March 29, Arduino devotees from all around the world gathered together to celebrate the tenth annual Arduino Day. This year, a senior from Midwood High School, Raquel Hosein, presented her project Application of a Wireless Electrical Device for the Detection of Epilepsy at 3:30pm at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. It was a great opportunity and memorable experience for Arduino lovers to present their work to others.


Submitted by Almas Shafiq
Mayor of the City of Midwood

Design a Brain Experiment Competition

Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 by for Extra Credit, Miscellaneous.

Updated Thursday, October 17, 2013.

The Dana Foundation invites you to participate in its third annual Design a Brain Experiment Competition. The challenge is to design an original human brain-related experiment that will test creative theories on daily brain activity, brain diseases, brain functions and malfunctions. Experiments will be judged on creativity and originality as well as adherence to the scientific method.

This is to be a research proposal — not a completed (or even started) experiment. Entries must be submitted by a supervising teacher. A supervising teacher may not submit more than 5 proposals. Students can enter as individuals or as a group. The competition guidelines use the word “classroom” a few times, but a group entry does not need to be made by a whole class. Proposals must not exceed 4 pages in length (plus 1 page for references or 5 total pages). Supervising teachers must submit entries to no later than Friday, January 17, 2014. Winners will be announced during Brain Awareness Week March 10–16, 2014.

The Dana Foundation is devoted to promoting an interest in the brain and research in schools across the country. They also sponsor the New York City Regional Brain Bee in February. The Brain Bee is like a spelling bee but instead of spelling words, students are challenged to answer questions about the brain. More info on that competition later.

Jenny Ng wins Midwood’s first Young Naturalist Award

Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Young Naturalist Awards

Jenny Ng was a semifinalist in the Young Naturalist Awards competition sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History for her project "Will Mudballs Containing Effective Microbes Improve Water Quality in Ponds?" She was mentored by Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College. The Young Naturalists began in 1998 as a way to reward middle and high school students for outstanding research done in the natural environment. Jenny is the first Midwood Science student to win an award in this competition ever!

Jenny Ng, Solomon Chan, Priscilla Deng
Jenny Ng (left) with Solomon Chan (Midwood) and Priscilla Deng (Murrow)

DNA Day Essay Contest – Deadline Approaching

Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Miscellaneous, Seniors.

DNA Day Essay Contest

The deadline for the essay contest is Monday, March 7, 2011 at 5:00 PM EST. Essays need to be submitted by a teacher on behalf of the student. Each teacher is limited to submitting three student essays (per question). For more information visit …

2009 Miscellaneous Awards

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 by for ACT-SO, Awards, Miscellaneous, NASA.

  • Anika Ahmed
    was awarded Honorable Mention in the DNA Day competition sponsored by the American Society of Human Genetics.
  • Avner Aronov
    was awarded first place in the Con Edison Go Green Essay Contest and received $200.
  • Sadrach Pierre
    was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry at the Brooklyn High School Chemistry Day held on October 23rd, 2009 (10/23 a.k.a. "Mole Day") at Brooklyn College.
  • Sadrach Pierre
    was also declared a First Prize Winner and Gold Medalist in the 2009 New York City ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics) in the biochemistry category.
  • The teams of Farhana Pinki & Lima Nusrat and Sharmin Rahman & Michael Pimpinella
    were semifinalists in the NASA Dream Experience contest.
  • Farhana Pinki
    was selcted to participate in NASA’s INSPIRE Online Community and received a laptop computer. (INSPIRE stands for Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Experience.)

2008 Miscellaneous Awards

Posted on Monday, June 23, 2008 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

  • Garbo Chiu
    was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry at the Brooklyn High School Chemistry Day held on October 23rd (10/23 a.k.a. "Mole Day") at Brooklyn College.
  • Sadrach Pierre
    BODIES…The Exhibition New York selected Sadrach Pierre’s essay on the dangers of cigarette smoking as the Winner in the high school division of their short essay contest on personal and public health.
  • Maureen Saint-Jean
    received Honorable Mention in the senior division of the 2008 DuPont Challenge for her essay on cerebral palsy.

2007 The Laureates of Tomorrow – Nobel Essay Contest

Posted on Monday, June 4, 2007 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

The Laureates of Tomorrow – Nobel Essay Contest is a collaboration between the Consulate General of Sweden in New York, The New York Academy of Sciences,, the New York City Department of Education, and the City University of New York. Midwood had three finalists this year.

  • Victoria Lee
    for her essay on Marshall Nirenberg (Physiology/Medicine 1968).
  • Elena Louie
    for her essay on Frederick Sanger (Chemistry 1958 and 1980)
  • Michael Dabrowski
    for his essay on Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (Physics 1901).

2007 National Society of High School Scholars Academic Paper Awards

Posted on Sunday, June 3, 2007 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Every year the National Society of High School Scholars identifies the twenty best science essays written by high school students. The paper submitted must be a research paper, original essay, or analytical essay submitted for a science class in the student’s junior or senior year.

  • Ilana Arabova
    won a $250 award for her paper "Robert Koch: Mastering Tuberculosis".
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