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Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro

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

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 campcardiac.org and campneuro.org. Scholarship applications are due Monday, April 16, 2018. The standard deadline is Monday, May 7, 2018 and the tuition is $700.

Two months to the Midwood Science Fair

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 by for Science Fair.

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The 2018 Midwood Science Fair is scheduled for Thursday, May 31, 2018. Registration for judges and contestants will be set up in about a month. Add this event to your calendar and prepare your mind for an afternoon of science.

The psychology of parakeets and people predominate at NYCSEF — Aushna Saleem advances to ISEF

Posted on Monday, March 26, 2018 by for ISEF, NYCSEF.

This was the year of psychology at Midwood Science. All of our NYCSEF First and Second Awards went to students with psychology projects (both human and parakeet). Out of the 9 award winning projects, 5 were connected to the study of human or animal behavior. Engineering, medicine, and environmental science completed the team.

Aushna Saleem won the highest awards of the competition — a NYCSEF First Award and an Intel ISEF Award — for her study of the behavior of Brooklyn's beloved monk parakeets. Hafsa Fatima collected another First Award for her study of monk parakeet vocalization. Aushna and Hafsa worked under the supervision of Dr. Frank Grasso from Brooklyn College — a supporter of Midwood Science for 15 years. Aushna will be traveling to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to compete in the Intel ISEF in the third week of May.

First time mentors from St. Francis College supported the remaining psychology projects. First Award winners Mei Mei Weng & Judy Huang studied stress and birth order and were supervized by Dr. Steven Anolik. Second Award winners Albina Kukic & Wendy Lliguichuzhca studied factors affecting altruism and were supervised by Dr. Uwe Gielen and Dr. Sung Hun Kim. Albina and Wendy also received the American Psychological Association Award for their exceptional project.

Linda Chen, Yiming Dai, Jennifer Duong, Elizabeth Joseph, Sabina Kubayeva, Beien Lin, Kathy Mania, and Rana Mohammed all received Third Awards. Beien and Kathy were also Semifinalists in the Stockholm Junior Water Prize for their water-related project. Rana received the Yale Science and Engineering Association Award for best engineering project by a junior.

NYCSEF is the annual New York City Science and Engineering Fair sponsored by the New York City Department of Educatation, the City University of New York, and ConEdison. Roughly 570 participants from all five boroughs participated in the Preliminary Round this year at City College on March 4. The top 25% of those advanced to the Finals Round at the American Museum of Natural History on March 20. The top 16 projects go on to represent New York City in the 2,000 student mega-event, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania May 13–18.

NYCSEF 'periodic table' logo

NYCSEF First Award

  • Aushna Saleem (Animal Sciences)
    "The effects of age on monk parakeet aggressive and social behavior." Aushna worked under the supervision of Dr. Frank Grasso in the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College. Aushna was one of the top 16 students at NYCSEF to win the Intel ISEF Award. She will be traveling to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to compete in ISEF in the third week of May.
  • Hafsa Fatima (Psychology)
    "The effect of temperature on the frequency of vocalization of Myiopsitta monachus." Hafsa worked under the supervision of Dr. Frank Grasso in the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College.
  • Mei Mei Weng & Judy Huang (Psychology)
    "Effects of birth order on the stress levels of immigrant teenagers." Mei Mei and Judy worked under the supervision of Dr. Steven Anolik in the Department of Psychology at St. Francis College.

NYCSEF Second Award

  • Albina Kukic & Wendy Lliguichuzhca (Psychology)
    "Altruism in adolescence measured by empathy, parental influence, peer influence, and societal influence." Albina and Wendy worked under the supervision of Professor Emeritus Dr. Uwe Gielen and Dr. Sung Hun Kim in the Department of Psychology at St. Francis College. Albina and Wendy were also the only winners of the American Psychological Association Award for exceptional projects in psychology entered in the behavioral sciences category.

NYCSEF Third Award

  • Yiming Dai & Linda Chen (Psychology)
    "Difference among stress levels between adolescents with immigrant status and adolescents w/o immigrant status." Yiming and Linda worked under the supervision of Dr. Steven Anolik in the Department of Psychology at St. Francis College.
  • Jennifer Duong (Engineering)
    "Loading lauric acid into electrospun polystyrene nanofibers." Jennifer worked under the supervision of Dr. Ping Lu and Ms. Rawan Ghaban in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Long Island University.
  • Elizabeth Joseph & Sabina Kubayeva (Medicine)
    "Layer-specific decreases in hippocampal PKMζ protein in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease." Elizabeth and Sabina worked under the supervision of Dr. Todd Sacktor and Dr. Panayiotis Tsokas in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
  • Kathy Mania & Beien Lin (Environmental Sciences)
    "Soil structure and heavy metals in engineered soils for stormwater management." Kathy and Beien worked under the supervision of Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng and Dr. Maha Deeb Collet in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College. Kathy and Beien are also New York State Semifinalists in the Stockholm Junior Water Prize for exceptional water related projects.
  • Rana Mohamed (Engineering)
    "Energy monitoring systems for mobile robotic systems." Rana worked under the supervision of Dr. Joo H. Kim in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Rana was also the only winner of the Yale Science and Engineering Association Award for excellent projects by an 11th grader in computer science, engineering, physics, or chemistry.

14 seniors move on to next phase of NYCSEF competition

Posted on Friday, March 23, 2018 by for ISEF, Media, NYCSEF.

Enthusiastic seniors from all over New York displayed their scientific experiments as juniors eagerly speculate at the New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) on March 4, held at City College in Hamilton Heights, Manhattan.

Students from different high schools entered this competition, including Brooklyn Technical High School, Edward R. Murrow High School, and Stuyvesant High School.

The whole process of NYCSEF is complex. First, the students have to fill out paperwork ranging from each of their grades, followed by paperwork being assembled by faculty members of the Science Research program. The process may be lengthy and complicated, but in the end it is all worth it. Students who win the final round have a chance to win prizes totaling four million dollars in scholarships and awards, as well as an all expense paid trip to Pittsburgh.

Mr. Glenn Elert, the main supervising teacher, explains that this is a very difficult competition and that the seniors, currently competing in the finals, have to go up against students from all over the city. Mr. Elert credits the success of his seniors going to the finals to the supervision of the research coordinators and staff that made these events run smoothly.

The NYCSEF competition is a collaboration of scientific works. The number of participants this year allowed for more diverse competition.

Overall, Mr. Elert and the faculty members felt satisfied with the students hard work and their advancement to the finals. They believed that the competition is an effective way of promoting brilliant minds to present their work through these projects and allows them to be a part of the NYCSEF community.

Calvin Hunyh and Michelle Zinger ’18 said, You get your own idea of where the gaps in the field are and our research ultimately strives for a cure for cancer.

Competing this year could potentially open up many doors for these two, especially when applying to colleges.

Group photo at City College in front of the mural depicting the passing of wisdom from The Alma Mater onto a young scholar

Science research gave me a sense of accomplishment and prestige because we did work so hard on our projects so NYCSEF gave us a chance to show our work and dedication, said Hunyh.

Competing in NYCSEF allows students to delve into new fields of scientific research. Hafsa Fatima ’18, one of the finalists of NYCSEF, explains that while competing in NYCSEF was very difficult, it permits for a new understanding of science.

For Fatima, this was an opportunity for learning, because of which she was able to conduct her research, and reach her dreams, such as, collecting, analyzing, and presenting my data to the scientific community.

At NYCSEF, the preliminary round is where all students get the moment to showcase their projects in Shepard Hall at City College.

As the preliminary round continues, the top 25 percent of student researchers from each subject category were invited to participate in the Finals on March 20, at the American Museum of Natural History.

The Awards Ceremony follows six days later, on March 26, at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Approximately fifteen students will be selected to represent New York City at the International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania May 13–18.

This year Midwood has been extremely committed to NYCSEF and had sent out its 14 students, who are presenting nine projects to this year’s competition. Hopefully the finalists will show the scientific community that they all deserve to be future scientists, and continue showcasing their research in ISEF.

Written by Atif Gujar, Muhammad Hamza, Rubhiyah Chaudhry, and Nicole Demetrashvili (Class of 2019).
This article originally appeared in the March 2018 edition of Argus.

Research students meet with Teddy Roosevelt at NYCSEF finals

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 by for NYCSEF.

Group gathered around a statue of a seated Theodore Roosevelt

14 Midwood students advance to finals at NYCSEF

Posted on Saturday, March 10, 2018 by for Awards, NYCSEF.

The New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) is the city’s largest high school research competition. More than 700 students from around the city submitted applications in 2018. The top 130 projects were selected to advance to the Finals Round on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at the American Museum of Natural History. Midwood High School will send 14 students presenting 9 projects to this year’s competition under the big blue whale. Awards will be presented on Monday, March 26, 2018 in the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College 4:00–6:00 PM.

NYCSEF 'periodic table' logo

  • Yiming Dai & Linda Chen (Psychology)
    "Difference among stress levels between adolescents with immigrant status and adolescents w/o immigrant status." Yiming and Linda worked under the supervision of Dr. Steven Anolik in the Department of Psychology at St. Francis College.
  • Jennifer Duong (Engineering)
    "Loading lauric acid into electrospun polystyrene nanofibers." Jennifer worked under the supervision of Dr. Ping Lu and Ms. Rawan Ghaban in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Long Island University.
  • Hafsa Fatima (Animal Sciences)
    "The effect of temperature on the frequency of vocalization of Myiopsitta monachus." Hafsa worked under the supervision of Dr. Frank Grasso in the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College.
  • Elizabeth Joseph & Sabina Kubayeva (Medicine)
    "Layer-specific decreases in hippocampal PKMζ protein in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease." Elizabeth and Sabina worked under the supervision of Dr. Todd Sacktor and Dr. Panayiotis Tsokas in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
  • Albina Kukic & Wendy Lliguichuzhca (Psychology)
    "Altruism in adolescence measured by empathy, parental influence, peer influence, and societal influence." Albina and Wendy worked under the supervision of Professor Emeritus Dr. Uwe Gielen and Dr. SungHun Kim in the Department of Psychology at St. Francis College.
  • Kathy Mania & Beien Lin (Environmental Sciences)
    "Soil structure and heavy metals in engineered soils for stormwater management." Kathy and Beien worked under the supervision of Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng and Dr. Maha Deeb Collet in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College.
  • Rana Mohamed (Engineering)
    "Energy monitoring systems for mobile robotic systems." Rana worked under the supervision of Dr. Joo H. Kim in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
  • Aushna Saleem (Animal Sciences)
    "The effects of age on monk parakeet aggressive and social behavior." Aushna worked under the supervision of Dr. Frank Grasso in the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College.
  • Mei Mei Weng & Judy Huang (Psychology)
    "Effects of birth order on the stress levels of immigrant teenagers." Mei Mei and Judy worked under the supervision of Dr. Steven Anolik in the Department of Psychology at St. Francis College.

37 students, 4 teachers, 1 young scholar

Posted on Sunday, March 4, 2018 by for NYCSEF.

Group photo at City College in front of the mural depicting the passing of wisdom from The Alma Mater onto a young scholar

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.

Midwood at the 2018 JSHS, more semifinalists than ever

Posted on Friday, February 9, 2018 by for Awards, JSHS.

February 4, 2018 was a busy Sunday morning for Midwood Science. As has been custom for the last 10 years, York College in Queens hosted the annual New York City Metro Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS). 12 Midwood students representing 9 projects made it to the Semifinals round — the largest number we’ve ever had. Benjamin Nguyen (Engineering) and Saba Iqbal (Environmental Sciences) placed Second in their respective categories. Katie Nikishina (Engineering) and the team of Kathy Mania and Beien Lin (Environmental Sciences) placed Third.

Second Place

  • Benjamin Nguyen (Engineering)
    "Climate controlled Raspberry Pi Model B video looper via temperature sensor and PC fan controlled by Arduino Uno." Benjamin worked under the supervision of Dr. Xiaohai (Richard) Li in the Department of Computer Engineering Technology at New York City College of Technology.
  • Saba Iqbal (Environmental Sciences)
    "Indicating an atmospheric mercury pollution source using moss as a biomonitor." Saba worked under the supervision of Dr. Anthony Carpi and Dr. Erin Mann in the Department of Sciences at John Jay College.

Third Place

  • Katie Nikishina (Engineering)
    "Capillary action on 20% polystyrene in dimethylformamide nanofibers partially immersed in paraffin wax." Katie worked under the supervision of Dr. Ping Lu and Ms. Simone Murray in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Long Island University.
  • Kathy Mania & Beien Lin (Environmental Sciences)
    "Soil structure and heavy metals in engineered soils for storm water management." Kathy and Beien worked under the supervision of Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng and Dr. Maha Deeb Collet in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College.

Midwood's 2018 NYC Metro JSHS Semifinalists
Back row: Beien Lin, Joyce Chow, Benjamin Nguyen, Kathy Mania. Front row: Naila Mirza, Saba Iqbal, Vincent Wang, Jessie Zheng, Aushna Saleem, Jennifer Duong, Ivy Li, Katie Nikishina

Semifinalist

  • Naila Mirza (Behavioral and Social Sciences)
    "Effect of season on the group size of the Myiopsitta monachus." Naila worked under the supervision of Dr. Frank Grasso in the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College.
  • Aushna Saleem (Behavioral and Social Sciences)
    "The effects of age on monk parakeet aggressive and social behavior." Aushna worked under the supervision of Dr. Frank Grasso in the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College.
  • Joyce Chow & Ivy Li (Engineering)
    "The effects of different simulated environmental factors on the voltage performance of microbial fuel cells with varying anode-embedding depths." Joyce and Ivy worked under the supervision of Dr. Sophia Suarez and Mr. Domenec Paterno in the Department of Physics at Brooklyn College.
  • Jennifer Duong (Engineering)
    "Loading lauric acid into electrospun polystyrene nanofibers." Jennifer worked under the supervision of Dr. Ping Lu and Ms. Rawan Ghaban in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Long Island University.
  • Vincent Wang & Jessie Zheng (Engineering)
    "Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue using electrospun nanofibers." Jessie and Vincent worked under the supervision of Dr. Ping Lu and Ms. Simone Murray in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Long Island University.

HYPOTHEkids and Columbia School of Engineering summer opportunities

Posted on Thursday, February 8, 2018 by for Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

HYPOTHEKIDS logo

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    

More Science. Less Fear.

Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2018 by for Everyone.

We here at Midwood Science have always appreciated the work of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). Their annual lecture series for high school students, Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research, was especially inspiring this year. They have mentored several of our students throughout the years, one of whom was a finalist in the Intel (now Regeneron) Science Talent Search. We thought the theme of their latest ad campaign agreed with our general sentiments.

Digital Badge results for the 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search

Posted on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by for Awards, STS.

Since 2013, the Society for Science and the Public has been awarding digital badges as part of the Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS). The Research Report Badge is awarded to an entrant who has submitted a well-written, college-level, journal-style research report based upon his or her own independent science research. The Student Initiative Badge is awarded to an entrant who has exhibited extraordinary effort and dedication in her or her pursuit of scientific research and has made great accomplishments relative to the resources available to him or her. 9 Midwood Science students collected 8 Research Report Badges and 6 Student Initiative Badges.

Research Report and Student Initiative

Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018 Student Initiative Badge
  • Jennifer Duong
    "Loading lauric acid into electrospun polystyrene nanofibers." Jennifer worked under the supervision of Dr. Ping Lu and Ms. Rawan Ghaban in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Long Island University.
  • Sarah Elmosbah
    "A novel type of immunoglobulin that arose in early vertebrates." Sarah worked under the supervision of Dr. Ellen Hsu in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
  • Hafsa Fatima
    "The effect of temperature on the frequency of vocalization of Myiopsitta monachus." Hafsa worked under the supervision of Dr. Frank Grasso in the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College.
  • Aushna Saleem
    "The effects of age on monk parakeet aggressive and social behavior." Aushna worked under the supervision of Dr. Frank Grasso in the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College.
  • Jessie Zheng
    "Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue using electrospun nanofibers." Jessie worked under the supervision of Dr. Ping Lu and Ms. Simone Murray in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Long Island University.

Research Report

Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018 Research Report Badge
  • Emily Orman
    "Immunoglobulin gene diversity found in an early vertebrate (Callorhinchus milii) and its impact on the understanding of vertebrate evolution and immunity." Emily worked under the supervision of Dr. Ellen Hsu in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
  • Katie Nikishina
    "Capillary action on 20% polystyrene in dimethylformamide nanofibers partially immersed in paraffin wax." Katie worked under the supervision of Dr. Ping Lu and Ms. Simone Murray in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Long Island University.
  • Naila Mirza
    "Effect of season on the group size of the Myiopsitta monachus." Naila worked under the supervision of Dr. Frank Grasso in the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College.

Student Initiative

  • Noran Abo-Donia
    "A comparison of chlorophyll levels in native and invasive plant species." Noran worked under the supervision of Dr. Kathleen Nolan in the Department of Biology and Health Promotions at St. Francis College.

The liquid nitrogen has arrived!

Posted on Monday, January 8, 2018 by for Seniors.

Liquid nitrogen tank
160 liters of liquid nitrogen at 77 kelvin (−196 °C, −321 °F). Gross weight of nitrogen plus container: 228 kilograms (503 pounds). All for Midwood.

Merry Newtonmas everyone!

Posted on Monday, December 25, 2017 by for Everyone.

Sheldon holding a bust of Sir Isaac Newton
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Public Lecture: A-to-I RNA Editing – Common, Hidden Mutations

Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 by for Extra Credit, Lectures.

Dr. Erez Levanon from the Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel will be presenting a public lecture on A-to-I RNA editing at the New York Genome Center in Tribeca this Monday, December 18 from 4:00–5:30.

Dr. Erez Levanon in his lab

"The role of RNA modifications in gene regulation is becoming increasingly appreciated. RNA editing, specifically A-to-I editing by ADAR enzymes, is unique in altering not only the fate of the RNA molecule, but also the genetic information it contains (recoding)."

Ms. Ross is awarding extra credit to all Advanced Placement Biology students that attend. Science Research students will also receive extra credit if they attend and complete the usual assignment. Due to the technical nature of the lecture, only students who have completed or are currently enrolled in AP Bio may attend. Register online through the Eventbrite website. In addition, please email a screen shot of your ticket along with a photo of yourself at the event to Mr. Elert.

NYCSEF paperwork delivered

Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by for NYCSEF.

Mr. Elert holding a tall stack of large white envelopes A tall stack of large white envelopes sitting on a table in the NYCSEF offices
NYCSEF paperwork picked up at 2839 Bedford Avenue and delivered to 16 Court Street by reliable courier in black hoodie.

Are you ready for NYCSEF Paperwork Day?

Posted on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by for NYCSEF, Seniors.

Seniors. We will be assembling paperwork for NYCSEF on Monday, December 11, 2017 starting period 5. All copies will be made at this time using the heavy duty photocopiers in Mr. Rosenfeld’s office (A200) or Ms. Kornaker's office (A300). I will bring large envelopes, staples, binder clips, and labels. You will bring your completed paperwork including…

Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory tossing papers into the air Konan from Naruto showing her paper magic skills Kittens playing in a pile of papers

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 volunteers@worldsciencefestival.com.

WSF: COS banner

Research students look for lab professors

Posted on Friday, December 1, 2017 by for Media.

Let the hunt for professors begin! Starting October, students in the research program are emailing and going to colleges to ask professors if they can join their labs. If students don't find a professor by the second term, they will be transferred to another elective like robotics or medical issues. After the students join the lab, they study with the professor and perform experiments in professional environment doing scientific breakthroughs. After a year of joining, students will have to enter competitions using what they have learned in their lab.

Susana Tzunun '19 is a research student with a 4.0 GPA, is on the soccer team, and has many AP classes under her belt. You would think a perfect student like this would get into any lab he/she wanted. On the contrary, Tzunun said, "The whole process was nerve-racking."

Tzunun had a hard time finding professors. She sent 15 emails to different professors in different fields with no success. Some responded with apologies that their lab was full and others didn't even give an answer. After a month of scouting and hard work, Tzunun went to a lab interview with her friend and fellow classmate Amy Chen '19, and they both were accepted to the lab. She felt as if a heavy burden was lifted from her chest and thankful for the opportunity. She now researches environmental science at Brooklyn College.

Photo of the Chemistry Lab in the Midwood Science Annex

Rubhiyah Chaudhry '19 is another research student who had trouble finding a professor. Although the process was lengthy and dense, it showed promise.

"I knew it was going to be difficult from the start because many professor don't accept high school students, but it was an all worthwhile despite being tedious." Chaudhry said.

The class has a large payoff, intrinsically and extrinsically. The students are not only going to learn how to properly research and grow as professionals, but they look good on college resumes than any other.

Mr. Glenn Elert, Physics teacher and research coordinator talks about his experience with the research program.

"Research is very interesting. It is the best kind of class. All students get attention because it a one on one class. It is never the same thing," he said.

Junior research makes students more professional. When they leave Midwood, they are experts on their projects.

"Students learn to be scientists, which makes it the only real science class in the building." Mr. Elert said.

Written by Daniel Gaft (Class of 2019).
This article originally appeared in the November 2017 edition of Argus.

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