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Intel STS tee shirt

Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 by for Intel STS, Seniors.

The Society for Science and the Public sent me a Christmas gift. Did you get yours?

Register for St. Joe’s

Posted on Sunday, December 21, 2014 by for Seniors, St. Joseph's.

All seniors need to register for the High School Poster Session at St. Joseph’s College. You can do this before Winter Break (December 22 or 23, 2014) or on the first day after Winter break (January 5, 2015). I need to witness your registration for grading purposes. I am available periods 6–9 in the Research Room. Registration is easy. The hardest part is probably entering your project title (or maybe remembering your mentor’s email address). We will make posters during Regents week. The event is scheduled for Saturday, February 7, 2015.

The annual poster session provides an opportunity for talented high school students from the metropolitan area to compete and be recognized for their research accomplishments. This event is sponsored by The New York Section of the American Chemical Society and St. Joseph’s College. The program includes:

  • Judging of posters by scientists working in industry and academia
  • Guest speaker Carlo Yuvienco, Ph.D., Department of Physical Sciences, St. Joseph’s College
  • Certificates to all participants
  • Prizes to the four winning presenters

For more information on this event and its guest speakers, or to register, visit or contact Rhomesia Ramkellowan at or

Schedule 02/07/2015
09:00 09:30 AM   Arrival and setup
09:30 11:30 AM   Judging
11:30 12:30 PM   Guest speaker
12:30 01:00 PM   Awards

Dr. Carlo Yuvienco holds Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from New York University and a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. His research focus is currently the application of engineered protein constructs for drug delivery applications.

  • Title: Protein-based Drug Delivery Agents
  • Abstract: With the advancement of technologies to probe and manipulate biophysical matter, the scientific community continues to ever better engineer biological systems with the complexity and elegance in design that is necessary to address biomedical challenges. The growing maturity of the field of protein engineering is a testament to this proclamation.

2013 Published Papers

Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2014 by for Publications.

Student work published in print, on-line, or both.

NYCSEF paperwork delivered

Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by for NYCSEF, Seniors.

NYCSEF Paperwork Monday

Posted on Friday, December 12, 2014 by for NYCSEF, Seniors.

Seniors. We will be assembling paperwork for NYCSEF on Monday, December 15, 2014. Report to room 155 sometime between 12:30 and 2:30 PM. If you are free earlier, meet me in the Research Room. All copies will be made at this time using the school’s heavy duty photocopiers in room 156A across the hall. I will bring large envelopes, staples, binder clips, and labels. You will bring your completed paperwork including …

See you Monday.

Quest for Lab Frustrates

Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by for Media.

The worthiness of the Research Program is frequently questioned by freshman in the Medical Science Institute when choosing their required track; the Research Program is known for its academically challenging curriculum and the dedication required by its students.

The Research Program offers students the opportunity of working as interns in college laboratories under the mentorship of college professors starting junior year. The track offers the classes: Research Projects to sophomores, Junior Research to juniors and Senior Research to seniors. Research Projects dedicates the curriculum to prepare students for laboratory work, in which students will use during Junior Research, when they will complete research projects in college labs. Within Senior Research, in addition to continuing laboratory work, students will enroll into national and local competitions to showcase the results of their research projects.

Looking for labs is hard; its been months since I started looking for a lab, but I still haven’t gotten in one yet, Christine Ly 16 said.

College professors do not readily accept high school students into their labs because most juniors do not have lab experience; although the sophomore class, Research Projects, intends to expose students to various lab techniques such as DNA extraction in preparation for Junior Research.

I’ve been in a lab for about a month, Emily Hui 16 said, but my mentor still doesn’t trust me enough to give me a project.

Students within labs are required to conduct college level research, but some mentors do not readily give projects to inexperienced high school students.

Students work in labs of various fields such as biology, chemistry, engineering environmental, psychology, and physics. The majority of the labs that students attend are near the school, such as Brooklyn College and SUNY Downstate. Some labs require students to work on live specimens, such as mice.

According to Mr. Glenn Elert, approximately 40% of students do not continue into Senior Research due to various reasons, such as not finding a lab, not finding a suitable lab, or unable to complete or obtain a project.

Whenever I look at my completed project I feel satisfied, Mohammad Hasan 15 said. Seeing the results makes the hundreds of hours I spent in lab worth it.

Seniors within the Research Program typically completed at least one project, and they will enter their finished project within various national or local competitions.

Hasan noted, The Intel application contains many short responses, essays, and recommendation. Filling that long application takes weeks.

Seniors, in addition to the required 16 monthly lab hours, have to complete lengthy applications for various science competitions. The competitions that students attend typically are: Siemens Competition, Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS), New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF), Intel Talent Search, St. Joseph’s College High School Poster Session, Google Science Fair, and Brooklyn College Science Day. Students within the past have won awards in various competitions.

Raymond Li 16 said, I applied for Robotics so I wouldn’t have to go to Research, its too much work!

To some students, other tracks such as Robotics and Medical Issues serve as alternatives to the academically intensive Research Track.

According to Mr. Elert many students take the Research Track because, when you make it to senior science research you have proved to the world that you have what it takes to succeed.

Despite the large amount of workload a researcher will face, many students continue to apply and finish the Research Track to prove their academic abilities.

Written by Victor Lee
Photo by Colleen Chasteau
This article originally appeared in the November 2014 edition of Argus.

NYCSEF Signature Pages

Posted on Monday, December 8, 2014 by for NYCSEF, Seniors.

Seniors, I need your NYCSEF signature pages on or before Wednesday, December 10, 2014 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. I will sign part b (Science/Research Teacher Approval) for everyone. All of the paperwork is due for photocopying Monday, December 15, 2014.

Junior Teacher Assignments

Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2014 by for Juniors.

Junior Teacher Assignments, Fall 2014-15
Mr. Elert Ms. Mosley Ms. Sullivan
Elizabeth Krasner Xiao Ying Huang Rumsha Javed
Mohammed Chowdhury Jessica Lauv Xiao Jun (Gloria) Cao
Roshan Chudry Nga Ying Lo Abigail Iaquinta
Laila Akallal Xiu Ling Weng Daniela Lara
Emily Hui Nadia Brijmohan Yusra AbdurRob
Victor Lee Asia Le Zachary Feinstein
Alexandra Auteri Zaw Naing Michelle Do
Bilal Azhar Osarhuwense Otasowie Moomitu Kashem
Hussein Fardous Diana Polonska Huonna McCarthy
Max Miloslavsky Kai Saunders Joselyne Pimentel
William Xie Colleen Simon Leutrim Cahani
Nikola Iberle Kieran Bissessar Shanayah Renois
Josh Pilipovsky Quetourah Dalencourt Sana Ilyas
Mie Abouelkheir Q.Q. (Venus) Fu Urooj Ansari
Daniel Guobadia Jinyan Huang Samera Arif
Najmunnahar Kashem Doris Etienne Alexandra Gayle
Tyron Matthews Linda Zhu Joseph Parziale
Abrar Rais Christine Ly Daniel Rebibo
Sayahi Suthakaran Maya Miller Hannah Towfiek
Inna Zapadynska Lily Xiong Matthew Chung
Shang Lee     Neshma Simon

Last Updated 11/26/14

Siemens competition challenges researchers

Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by for Media, Siemens.

Cancer cells, chemicals, solar panels, batteries and diseases were only some of the topics of the projects senior research students entered into the Siemens competition on Tuesday, September 30.

"It would be amazing if our school wins Siemens," said Dina Deng ’15, one of the competitors. "All of the research students are dedicated and worked hard to finalize their projects to meet the deadline."

In addition to Dina Deng, eight other students entered into Siemens. These include Michael Divgun, Taulant Kastrati, Sandra Lin, Patrice Sanderson, Carmine See, Richard Wu and Raymond Yu.

The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology is administered by Discovery Education and funded by the Siemens Foundation. Its purpose is to reward talented high school students who have strong research skills and who are willing to push themselves. Rewards include scholarships of $1,000 up to $100,000 for finalists.

To enter this competition, participants had to first be a student in high school. Individual projects required them to be seniors. Then, you had to have a project that didn’t involve behavioral or social sciences. Finally, you needed a scientific research paper regarding your topic.

In order to meet the qualifications for the contest, all students were enrolled in research labs ranging from as close as Brooklyn College and SUNY Downstate Hospital, to as far as New York University and Long Island University.

"A senior told me last year to finish my project over the summer," said Cindy Chee ’15, "so it would be easier than with all the school work. So, over the summer, I went Monday to Friday and finished my project."

Similarly other competitors also devoted most of their summers to the project.  Many started their projects in June and finished by the end of the summer. The competitors entered into Siemens for multiple reasons; however their goal was all the same: to win.

"I read previous papers, and they were good," said Richard Wu ’15, "but I feel confident my project can win."

Unlike the Intel Science Talent Search competition in November and NYSCEF in December, the Siemens was relatively early.

"This was a hard competition because the students had to work a month and a half faster than everyone else," said Mr. Glenn Elert, Science Research Coordinator. "Entering this is a sign of students who are harder workers, and are more advanced above their peers.

The semifinalists were announced on Thursday, Oct. 16. Unfortunately there were no semifinalists from Midwood.

Lucy Lin
This article originally appeared in the October 2014 edition of Argus.

Maker Faire displays variety of inventions

Posted on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 by for Media.

Giant mechanical giraffes, a life-size human maze, 3D printers, and cereal making machines were only some of the many science spectacles shown at Maker Faire. The Maker Faire is held every year for three days in late September. This year was the 5th annual fair, and it had the theme of "Year of the Maker". People from all ages come to see the new creations and inventions by individuals, also known as "makers". Maker Faire enables us to celebrate and understand science, art, and crafts.

Midwood students have been volunteering for the fair for years and according to Mr. Glenn Elert, Science Research Coordinator, there were a total of 14 sophomore shifts, 14 junior shifts, and 19 senior shifts, making a total of 148 hours of service done by Midwood students over the course of the three day event.

"The main idea is to get students out into the world and to get immersed in the scientific field," said Mr. Elert. "Plus you might as well do some work and get some work experience!"

There was an assortment of tasks to be done, some of which were giving out safety waivers, manning information booths, and working for specific vendors. The volunteers are called “travelers” and received many perks including free entrance, so once the shift is over, travelers could explore as well.

"I was a safety waiver agent," said Raymond Yu ’15. "I gave out wristbands and people have to sign for it so they could touch certain things".

Maker Faire is broken up to 5 zones, which is one more than last year. Each zones had different activities ranging from a station for kids to make LED lights, booths that printed your picture out of binary code and a Coke and Mentos Show! It gave students an opportunity to see that science isn’t all books and formulas; it’s actually creative and can be fun. There were many stands selling hand-made items like jewelry and origami.

"The experience was pretty interesting because I not only saw volunteers from other high schools, but I was also involved in activities with my friends from Midwood which made the experience way better," said Mohammed Hasan ’15.

Maker Faire not only takes place in New York, but throughout the United States and world. Maker Faire will be held in places like Australia, Rome, Denmark, and France this year.

"It is a great way for people to look at science in a much broader light. It really gives people a chance to showcase inventions and learn from each other," said Mie Abouelkheir ’16. "It really inspires us to be motivated and to continue on with our endeavors."

Maker Media holds Maker Faire and also publishes MAKE magazine.

Saba Sakhi & Jacquelyne Gilman
This article originally appeared in the October 2014 edition of Argus.
Photos contributed by various students, one parent, and one teacher.

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