Senior Science Research
- The first goal of this class is to turn the lab work you've done into marketable products. Everyone will produce a research paper, a poster, and a PowerPoint presentation.
- The second goal of this class is to enter as many science, technology, engineering, and mathematics competitions as possible including the Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS), Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS), New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF), Google Science Fair, St. Joseph's College High School Poster Session, Afro-Academic Cultural Scientific Technological Olympiad (ACT-SO), Brooklyn College Science Day, and others.
- The third goal of this class is to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through service to Midwood High School, New York City, and the world.
- Grades are based on how many events you participate in. The more things you try, the better your grade will be. Important dates are in red. There are many extra credit opportunities. Students who fulfill the nominal class requirements will receive a grade of 85% (G) in the 1st marking period, 90% in the 2nd marking period, and 95% for the semester. See phi.sx/Grades_Seniors_Fall for a basic overview.
Spring Meetings for Seniors
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.
- Poster meeting (during Regents week)
- Scientific poster first draft
- NYCSEF status
- St Joseph's status
- JSHS status
- Entrance meeting on the second day of the semester in
A215/A320. Everyone attends.
- Expectations for the semester
- February meeting
- Poster approval (mandatory)
- JSHS practice (if accepted)
- March meeting (before end of marking period)
- Prepare for NYCSEF finals (if selected)
- Prepare for ACT-SO (optional)
- First marking period service logs
- Service options for April
- New York City Science and Engineering Fair
- NYCSEF Preliminary Round at City College (mandatory)
Sunday, March 3, 2019
- NYCSEF Finals Round at the American Museum of Natural History (if selected)
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
- NYCSEF Awards Ceremony at Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
Monday, March 25, 2019
- April meeting (before end of marking period)
- Prepare for ACT-SO (optional)
- Prepare for Brooklyn College Science Day (optional)
- Prepare for JSHS Nationals (if selected)
- Prepare for ISEF (if selected)
- Second marking period service logs
- Service options for May and June
- May meeting (first week of May)
- Exit meeting (last full week of classes)
- Third marking period service logs
- Return your drawer keys
- Grades and other exit topics
- Students will be available to assist research teachers during their free periods or before or after their regularly scheduled school day. Each period of work counts as one point toward your final grade. A period of work may require a full 45 minutes or a fraction thereof.
- Seniors should plan to complete 10 periods of service in each marking period or obtain an equivalent number of points through other means. More periods will result in a higher grade — fewer periods, a lower grade.
- Students may perform additional periods of service to substitute for the St. Joseph's College Poster Session or NYCSEF in the event of illness or failure to qualify.
- Examples of acceptable service activities include, but are not limited to …
- Read resumes and cover letters.
- Assist sophomore teachers with the set up and take down of labs, experiments, demonstrations.
- Mentor sophomore students as they prepare for the Midwood Science Fair.
- Speak to the sophomores about how you found your lab and what you did there.
- Computer maintenance.
- Seniors will keep service logs. Logs will be checked at monthly meetings and one or two days before the end of each marking period. Totals for each marking period will be recorded by Mr. Elert. Log entries should contain the following information …
- Date and period of service.
- Elapsed time.
- A brief description of what was done.
- A signature from the supervising teacher (Ms. Mosley, Ms. Goldstein, Ms. Katzoff, Mr. Elert and, rarely, Mr. Rosenfeld or Ms. Kornaker).
St. Joseph's College High School Poster Session
Saturday, February 9, 2019 (poster session)
- Students in this class must participate in this event.
- Register online during your January meeting with your supervising teacher.
- Students who wish to compete as a team must register individually with the exact same project title.
- This event is open to high school students who have completed research in any scientific area during the past year and can present their findings in a poster.
- The posters will be judged by professors and/or scientific professionals and cash prizes will be awarded for outstanding entries.
- The competition is held at St. Joseph's College - New York in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn at 245 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 on
Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Awards are presented at the end of the event and breakfast is provided.
- This event is sponsored by the New York Section of the American Chemical Society.
Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS)
Monday, November 26, 2018 (research paper)
Sunday, February 3, 2019 (presentation)
- Seniors who have completed a research paper before the application deadline may enter this competition for extra credit. The competition has two parts: a research paper and a PowerPoint presentation.
- Team projects are allowed, but only one member of the team will present. Any other members of the team must attend as observers. Presenters will receive more credit than observers. All team members are responsible for contributing to the research paper equally.
- Deadline to submit applications and upload documents is
Monday, November 26, 2018. Applications are done online and have the following basic components:
- Name, contact, and other info about the presenter
- Research paper
- Parental consent form
- Supervising scientist form
- "Call for papers" form
- Human subjects form (if applicable)
- Biography of the presenter
- Photo of the presenter
- Prepare a PowerPoint presentation for the symposium. Presenters will rehearse in February. The Symposium will be held at York College in Jamaica, Queens
Sunday, February 3, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Breakfast and lunch are provided.
- The top students at the NYC Metro JSHS move on to compete in the National JSHS
April 24–27, 2019 in
Albuquerque, New Mexico.
New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF)
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 (research paper)
Sunday, March 3, 2019 (poster session)
- Students in this class must enter and participate in this event.
- Register online in November when instructed by your supervising teacher.
- Read the rules and guidelines to ensure your application will be accepted.
- Begin filling out the application forms as soon as possible. Your "Research Plan" from junior year is now called the "Project Summary" and is written inpast tense.
- Make the necessary paper copies of your application and research paper including one copy for our records. Use one of the high volume photocopiers with a document feeder in room A200 (Biology Office) or A300 (Physical Science Office). Use the color printer in the Research Room only for pages with color.
- Materials will be collected for shipping on
Tuesday, December 11, 2018. Mr. Elert will deliver them to the CUNY K–16 offices on the 3rd Floor of 16 Court Street the next day —
Wednesday, December 12, 2018.
- This year's Preliminary Round for all students will be held on
Sunday, March 3, 2019 in Shepard Hall at City College. Breakfast and lunch are provided.
- The top 25 percent of student researchers from each subject category will be invited to participate in the Finals Round
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Science at the American Museum of Natural History. Lunch is provided.
- The Awards Ceremony follows on
Monday, March 25, 2019 at the
Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
- 10–20 students will be selected to represent New York City at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in
May 12–17, 2019.
Afro-academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO)
Saturday, March 30, 2019 (registration)
Saturday, April 13, 2019 (poster session)
ACT-SO Competition Categories
|Biology & Microbiology
|Chemistry & Biochemistry
||Music, Instrumental, Classical
|Earth & Space Science
||Music, Instrumental, Contemporary
||Music, Vocal, Classical
||Music, Vocal, Contemporary
|Medicine & Health
- All seniors should seriously consider participating in this event in a science category and may also participate in another category. There are 27 total categories including 8 in the sciences. Students may compete in up to 3 categories. A few students should also serve as ambassadors.
- The Afro-academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a non-profit program sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). This program has two major components — regularly scheduled enrichment workshops and the "Olympics of the Mind".
- The science competition consists of a research report and poster session (and paperwork of course). Submit 1 notarized, original of your paper and 1 copy at the registration meeting. At the poster session, participants are expected to describe their project in 5 minutes or less.
- Students competing in a science category are only required to attend 1 workshop before the competition. Those competing in other categories need to attend at least 3 workshops. Workshops are held on Saturday mornings in January, February, and March at
George Wingate High School. (Click here for the workshop schedule.) Final project evaluation and registration will also be held at this location on
Saturday, March 30, 2019.
- The New York City ACT-SO will be held on
Saturday, April 13, 2019 at George Wingate High School. Lunch is provided.
- The awards ceremony will be held on
Monday, May 6, 2019 at St. Francis College in Brooklyn.
- Gold medal winners move on to the National ACT-SO at the NAACP National Convention
July 18–21, 2019 in
Brooklyn College Science Day
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 [estimated] (abstract registration)
Friday, May 3, 2019 (poster session)
- Brooklyn College Science Day is an annual poster competition for graduate, undergraduate, and high school students. This competition is mandatory for all Midwood seniors with Brooklyn College mentors (optional for juniors). Students working at other CUNY schools may be allowed to participate at the discretion of the event organizers.
- Registration instructions can be found on the for students page. Submit your application before
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 [estimated].
- The poster session will be held from 9 AM to 2 PM on
Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Student Center (a.k.a. SUBO), which is two blocks away from Midwood on Campus Road. Awards are announced at the end of the event and lunch is provided.
Midwood High School Science Fair
Thursday, May 30, 2019
All Science Research students participate in this event.
- Bring something to eat or drink
- Participate as contestants
- Juniors and Seniors
- Help set up
- Participate as judges
- Help clean up
- Alumni and Teachers
- Participate as judges
Lab Log Format
- In general …
- Use a hardbound notebook — one that would show obvious damage if a page was removed.
- Number all pages so that missing pages can be spotted.
- Never remove pages from your lab notebook.
- Place important information on the inside front cover.
- Personal information
- Your name, phone number, email address so that a lost lab log can be returned to you
- Your ICE name and phone number (ICE means "in case of emergency")
- Where you work
- Name of primary worksite, location (room number), phone number (if applicable)
- Name of secondary worksite, location (room number), phone number (if applicable)
- Name of tertiary worksite, location (room number), phone number (if applicable)
- Who you work with
- Principal investigator (PI) name, phone number, email address
- Other researcher name, phone number, email address
- Lab manager/technician name, phone number, email address
- Post-doc name, phone number, email address
- Graduate/Undergraduate student name, phone number, email address
- Daily entries
- Time In/Time Out
- Monthly summaries
- At the end of each month, create a table that summarizes the work you did for that month.
|Name of Month
|| ⇐ Total hours for the month
Weighting and Extra Credit Requirements
- In order to receive extra credit for the month (juniors only) or to receive a 1.05 for the semester (juniors and seniors), you are expected to attend lab and/or do lab-related work for at least 4 hours per week (16 hours per month for a month with 4 full weeks).
- A possible option for this time is analyzing articles that are related to your subject similar to the way you reviewed articles for this class.
- For all equipment that you use, you should read the manual from your lab and explain the operating principle behind that piece of equipment.
- For all protocols you should create an extremely simple flow chart of the procedure and identify the final product.
Spring Lab Logs
- Junior lab logs are due at the first meeting of each month.
- January logs are due in February.
- February logs are due in March.
- March lab logs are due in April.
- April lab logs are due in May.
- May lab logs are due in June.
- Senior lab logs for February, March, April are due May 1 and are only used to qualify for Honors Research (1.05 weighted class).
STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
Attend an approved STEM lecture
- Attend, listen, and take notes.
- Retain your admission ticket, program, or any other handout given at the lecture.
- Have your photo taken at the event by a teacher or other approved attendance taker.
- Complete this assignment while the lecture is still fresh in your mind. (Print the page before you go.)
- Type up your responses to the questions and submit them to your supervising teacher the next business day along with proof of attendance. Be prepared to discuss the lecture at your next meeting.
Competitions and Events
Participate in STEM competitions or attend STEM special events.
- Review this list at the begining of the school year.
- Find an event or competition you are interested in.
- Tell your supervising teacher what you intend to do.
- Provide evidence of progress or participation for partial credit (when applicable).
- Manage your time effectively. Anticipate Deadlines.
- Provide evidence of completion for full credit.
Last Updated 5 September 2016.
|Mr. Elert (Coordinator)
|Mr. McDonnell (Principal)
|Ms. Kornaker (Assistant Principal)
|Mr. Rosenfeld (Assistant Principal)