Junior Science Research Projects


Spring Semester

Spring 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. February
    1. Entrance meeting on the first day of the semester in room A219. Everyone attends.
      • Semester overview
    2. First meeting
    3. Second meeting (only meeting)
  2. March
    1. First meeting
    2. Second meeting
  3. April
    1. First meeting
    2. Second meeting
      1. NYCSEF Research Plan fourth draft
  4. May
    1. First meeting (only meeting)
      1. PowerPoint first draft
      2. April lab log
      3. Application for Change to Weighted Research Course (1.05)
  5. June
    1. Exit meeting
      • May lab log
      • Expectations for summer

Preparing for the Intel STS: Part II

Assignment 5: Intel STS Practice Application

Student Portion: Answer all relevant questions in this pdf form to the best of your ability. Save frequently and confirm that your answers have been saved. Do not print. Email the completed form to Mr. Elert before 11:59:59 PM Wednesday, February 4, 2015. Put RESEARCH HW 5 in the subject line. CC Ms. Sullivan and Ms. Mosley according to their instructions. We will discuss your answers at the first February meeting.

Mentor Portion: Show this letter to your mentor (the person in your lab who is most familiar with your research). Explain that you will be asking them to complete a similar set of questions online with a deadline in mid-November. Return the tear off signature line to your supervising teacher at your first meeting after Midwinter Break. Let your mentor keep the remainder of the letter for future reference.

Preparing for NYCSEF

Assignment 6: Visit NYCSEF

The New York City Science and Engineering Fair will be held Sunday, March 6, 2016 at City College in Hamilton Heights, Manhattan. Juniors and Sophomores will attend from 2:00–4:00 PM during the public viewing period. Attendance is taken by photograph and signature. Look for the officially designated student monitor(s).

Assignment 7: NYCSEF Practice Application

Overview: Participation in the New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) is required for all seniors in Science Research. The application packet consists of an astounding 29 pages of rules and guidelines and 21 pages of forms. The list below provides a link to a local copy of every document available from the NYCSEF website identified by page number.

  1. Rules and Guidelines
    1. Signature Page
    2. Student / Project Information
    3. Team Information
  2. Checklist for Adult Sponsor (1)
  3. Student Checklist (1A)
    1. Research Plan / Project Summary (4 parts)
    2. Official Project Abstract
  4. Approval Form (1B)
  5. Regulated Research Institutional / Industrial Setting Form (1C)
  6. Qualified Scientist Form (2)
  7. Risk Assessment Form (3)
  8. Human Participants Form (4)
  9. Human Informed Consent Form
  10. Vertebrate Animal Form (5A)
  11. Vertebrate Animal Form (5B)
  12. Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents Risk Assessment Form (6A)
  13. Human and Vertebrate Animal Tissue Form (6B)
  14. Continuation Projects Form (7)

Student Portion: Review all 21 NYCSEF forms. Determine which of three basic categories each form belongs to …

  1. forms that are solely the responsibility of the student
  2. forms that must be reviewed by the mentor
  3. forms that do not apply to your specific project

Complete as much of this cover letter as you can, print it out, and bring it to your second February meeting. DO NOT GIVE IT TO YOUR MENTOR TO SIGN YET. Your supervising teacher needs to review it for accuracy first.

Mentor Portion: Print out the forms that you will ask your mentor to fill out next year. Arrange them in order, place the completed and approved cover letter on top, and staple the whole packet together. Deliver the packet to your mentor as soon as possible. Explain that you will be asking them to complete a similar packet of forms with a deadline in mid-December. Return the tear off signature line to your supervising teacher at your first meeting after Midwinter Break. Let your mentor keep the remainder of the cover letter and the attached forms for future reference.

Assignment 8: NYCSEF Research Plan / Project Summary

The project summary is a succinct detailing of the rationale, research questions, methodology and risks of your research project and should be completed PRIOR to the start of your experimental research. Submit your final draft to your supervising teacher on or before Monday, May 2, 2016 [estimated].

  1. 500 words or less
    What is the RATIONALE for your project? Please include a brief synopsis of the background research that supports your research problem and explain why this research is important scientifically and, if applicable, explain any potential societal impact of your research. Please include citations in your project rationale.
  2. 250 words or less
    State your HYPOTHESIS(ES) / RESEARCH QUESTION(S) / ENGINEERING GOAL(S). Describe how your research question(s), hypothesis(es) and/or goal(s) build on the research described in your project rationale.
  3. 500 words or less
    1. Describe in detail your research methods and conclusions.
      • Procedures/Data Collection: Detail experimental design, including all procedures used for data collection. Be sure to describe in detail only those methods and procedures you (and your teammates) conducted, and not those of your mentor, teacher, or from any other researcher.
      • Data Analysis: Describe the procedures to be used to analyze your data and answer your research question(s).
    2. Be sure to address all questions in Part B that are relevant to your research project. PART B – ONLY For projects with:
      • HUMAN SUBJECTS (See pages 7-9 of the Rules and Guidelines)
        • Subjects. Describe who will participate in your study (age range, gender, racial/ethnic composition). Identify any vulnerable populations (minors, pregnant women, prisoners, mentally disabled or economically disadvantaged).
        • Recruitment. Where will you find your subjects? How will they be invited to participate?
        • Methods. What will participants be asked to do? Will you use any surveys, questionnaires or tests? What is the frequency and length of time involved for each subject? Please include a copy of the survey or questionnaire (if used) in the research study and provide information as to how the survey questions will inform the research project.
        • Risks. What are the risks or potential discomforts (physical, psychological, time involved, social, legal etc) to participants? How will you minimize the risks?
        • Benefits. List any benefits to society or each participant.
        • Protection of Privacy. Will any identifiable information (e.g., names, telephone numbers, birth dates, email addresses) be collected? Will data be confidential or anonymous? If anonymous, describe how the data will be collected anonymously. If not anonymous, what procedures are in place for safeguarding confidentiality? Where will the data be stored? Who will have access to the data? What will you do with the data at the end of the study?
        • Informed Consent Process. Describe how you will inform participants about the purpose of the study, what they will be asked to do, that their participation is voluntary and they have the right to stop at any time.
      • VERTEBRATE ANIMALS (See pages 10-12 of the Rules and Guidelines)
        • What POTENTIAL ALTERNATIVES to vertebrate animals were considered for this project? Be sure to present a detailed justification for use of vertebrate animals.
        • What procedures or methods that will be used to minimize potential discomfort, distress, pain and injury to the animals during the course of experimentation and any detailed chemical concentrations and drug dosages. Projects containing procedures classified as USDA Pain Category D or E are PROHIBITED for NYCSEF.
        • How many animals will be used in this study? Provide the species, strain, sex, age, etc of the animal and how the animals will be housed and cared for daily. Justify the number of animals planned for this study.
        • How will the animals be disposed of at the termination of the study? Experimental procedures involving toxicity studies, predator/vertebrate prey experiments, or studies where students performed euthanasia on a vertebrate animal are PROHIBITED for NYCSEF.
      • POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS BIOLOGICAL AGENTS (See pages 13-16 of the Rules and Guidelines)
        • Provide a description of the Biosafety Level Assessment process and BSL determination (see page 16 for details).
        • Where did you obtain the specimen, agent, source of specific cell line, etc.?
        • What safety precautions will be used during experimentation?
        • How will any potentially hazardous biological agents be disposed of at the end of the study?
      • HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS, ACTIVITIES & DEVICES (See pages 17-19 of the Rules and Guidelines)
        • Provide a description of the Risk Assessment process and results.
        • Provide a brief summary of the chemical concentrations and drug dosages that will be used in experimentation.
        • What safety precautions and procedures will be used to minimize risk?
        • How will any hazardous chemicals or materials be disposed of at the end of the study?
  4. 500 words or less
    Provide a list of AT LEAST FIVE (5) MAJOR REFERENCES used to form the basis of your research project. References must be from science journal articles, books, or other publications. Encyclopedias and Internet search engines (e.g. Google, Yahoo, WebMD, Wikipedia, etc.) are not considered as major references and WILL NOT be accepted.

Finishing the Year

Assignment 9: Class Presentations

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Midwood High School Science Fair

Midwood Science

Thursday, May 26, 2016

All Science Research students participate in this event.

Lab Log Format

Weighting and Extra Credit Requirements

Spring Lab Logs

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

  1. January logs are due in February.
  2. February logs are due in March.
  3. March lab logs are due in April.
  4. April lab logs are due in May.
  5. May lab logs are due in June.

Extra Credit

STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Public Lecture

Attend an approved STEM lecture

Possible Lectures

Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) Image of the Week (IOTW)

Create a blog entry around a set of scanning electron microscope images.

Competitions and Events

Participate in STEM competitions or attend STEM special events.

Last Updated 22 February 2015.

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