Junior Science Research

Overview

Fall Semester

Fall Meetings for Juniors

Check the calendar on midwoodscience.org often. Individual, team, or small group meetings are the way business gets done. Large group meetings are rare. Keep your supervising teacher up to date on your progress. Do not hesitate to tell us of problems. Above all, do not miss your appointments. They count significantly toward your grade.

  1. September
    • Large group meetings in September in room A215/A318
      • Entrance meeting on the first day of the semester. Everyone attends.
      • Students meet in alternating groups
        • section 1
        • section 2
    • Assignments
      1. Official Documents
      2. Scientific Interests
      3. Cover Letter
      4. Resume
    • Resumania!
      • Resume first draft, reviewed by the seniors
  2. October
    1. First meeting
      • Verify/update your contact info
      • Resume second draft
      • Summer and/or September lab log
    2. Second meeting
  3. November
    1. First meeting
    2. Second meeting
  4. December
    1. First meeting
    2. Second meeting
  5. January
    1. Senior PowerPoint presentations
      • Attend 3 days
    2. Second meeting

Preliminaries

Assignment 0: Official Documents

Getting Into a Lab

Assignment 1: Scientific Interests

Identify 3 possible work sites and provide the following information for each work site.

  1. Find a researcher in NYC and report their …
    1. Name
    2. Department
    3. Institution
    4. URL
  2. What do they work on? (Do not copy any text from their webpage to answer this question.)
  3. Why might you want to work there?

Email your answers to your supervising teacher within 2 business days after the assignment is announced (plain text with no attachments). Put RESEARCH HW 1 in the subject line.

Assignment 2: Cover Letter

Answer the following questions in a "cover letter".

  1. Who are you?
  2. What do you want?

Email your cover letter to your supervising teacher within 2 business days after the assignment is announced (plain text with no attachments). Put RESEARCH HW 2 in the subject line.

Assignment 3: Resume

  1. Write your resume.
  2. Get it perfect.

Print your resume on paper and drop it in your supervising teacher's mailbox in the Research Room within 2 business days after the assignment is announced. You will write and rewrite this assignment several times. Senior research students will help you with the first draft. Final drafts are due Friday, October 27, 2017.

Reading Scientific and Technical Papers

Assignment 4: Contemporary Paper

The purpose of this activity is to analyze a piece of contemporary science as reported in a peer-reviewed scientific research journal using the following summary technique. You will write and rewrite this assignment several times. The final draft is due the first day after Winter Break — Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Lab Log Format

Weighting and Extra Credit Requirements

Fall Lab Logs

Lab logs are due at the first meeting of each month.

  1. June/July/August lab logs are due in September for seniors and October for juniors.
  2. September lab logs are due in October.
  3. October lab logs are due in November.
  4. November lab logs are due in December.
  5. December lab logs are due in January.

Extra Credit

STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Public Lecture

Attend an approved STEM lecture

Possible Lectures

Competitions and Events

Participate in STEM competitions or attend STEM special events.

Last Updated 5 September 2016.