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2022 Midwood Science Fair Awards

Posted on Monday, June 13, 2022 by for Awards, Science Fair.

1st Place

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Anna Bukhman
pH Impact on Algae Growth
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Adrian Perez & Fiona Zhao
How different acne medications affect the development of E. coli bacteria

2nd Place

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Cindy Li
The Science Behind The Perfect Cookie
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Hamood Khan
One in a melon: the effect of fertilizers on the height of watermelon plants
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Victoria Ronan & Lucy Guo
Germ-Proof!

3rd Place

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Xinwei Chen
Effects of pH on Bacterial Degradation
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Emely Rivas & Katelyn Martinez
The Biofuel in Bio-you
 

Honorable Mention

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Rebecca Yakobovich & Eman Shabbir
Conformity Trends in High School
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Jinyu Xu
Soil Moisture Content vs. Volt Resistors (Prototype)
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Batool Kamal
Rethink What You Drink
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Eda Maqellara & Elana Chen
No Bacteria Please!
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Diana Chen Feng & Jennifer Fan
Disinfectants vs. Bacteria
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Hailey Lau & Ashley Castillo Mendez
Bacteria: #1 Public Enemy to Masks

Bonus photo

Group photo of all the winners holding their trophies
Congrats to all the winners!

Daelah Nicholas and Bintia Keita win Gold at 2022 NYC ACT-SO; Both headed to national competition in July

Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2022 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

Midwood Science seniors Daelah Nicholas and Bintia Keita received Gold Medals at this year's New York City Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) — Daelah in Medicine and Health and Bintia in Engineering. Both students are headed to Atlantic City in July where they will present their research projects at the NAACP National Convention.

Award winners and teacher standing in front of artwork in the annex hallway
Daelah Nicholas, Mr. Elert, Bintia Keita

Poster Poster
Daelah Nicholas. Category: Medicine and Health. Project: Infant temperament: Exploring the potential role of maternal dietary choline and folate consumption during pregnancy in a Michigan pregnancy cohort. Mentor: Dr. Jean M. Kerver, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Michigan State University Bintia Keita. Category: Engineering. Project: "Emo's" potential application for children with autism. Mentors: Dr. Kathleen McDermott and Dr. Scott Fitzgerald, Tandon School of Engineering, New York University

Michelle Yang and Zitong Liu win 2 awards at 2022 Terra NYC finals

Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 by for Awards, Terra NYC.

Congratulations go out to the team of Zitong Liu and Michelle Yang. Their project, "Veganism Saves the World: Plant-Based Meat Alternatives," won Honors at the 2022 Terra NYC STEM Fair, making them one of the top high school science research projects in New York City. They also won the NOAA Award for "fine work about science, service, and stewardship in the study of climate, weather, oceans, and coasts."

Michelle Yang and Zitong Liu advance to Terra NYC finals

Posted on Friday, March 18, 2022 by for Awards, Terra NYC.

Congratulations go out to Michelle Yang and Zitong Liu as their project "Veganism saves the world: Plant-based meat alternatives" joins the city's top 100 science projects at the Terra NYC STEM Fair.

Michelle and Zitong have been working to recreate and improve on plant-based meat recipes. They prepared multiple test batches, cooked them, and had volunteers taste test them. They then took their project to the next level and applied the environmental impact assessment done by the Impossible corporation to the different recipes. They computed things such as water consumption, atmospheric carbon release, and nitrogen eutrophication potential. They did this all without the help of a professional food scientist, and were funded in part by a grant from the New York Institute of Technology.

Unfortunately the finals will be held virtually again — Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27. When the event was held in real life, students would present at the American Museum of Natural History. The photos below show Michelle and Zitong on a field trip for Sophomore Science Research. We couldn't go the the museum this year, so we went two years ago.

Selfie of the practice session
Michelle and Zitong (center) practicing their Terra NYC presentation with "judges" Mr. Elert (far left), Katherine Zhong (left), and Midwood Mayor Nafisa Haque (right).

6 semifinalists at 2022 Metro NYC JSHS, Bintia Keita going to National JSHS in April

Posted on Thursday, March 3, 2022 by for Awards, JSHS.

On Sunday, February 6, 2022 York College hosted the latest (virtual) installment of the NYC Metro Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS). JSHS is a nationwide collection of 48 regional competitions sponsored by the US Department of Defense whose aims are to promote original STEM research at the high school level and to publicly recognize students for outstanding achievement.

Six projects by Midwood students made it to the semifinals round this year. Bintia Keita won First Place in Engineering and impressed the judges so much that she is one of five students representing New York City at the 60th National JSHS In Albuquerque, New Mexico in April.

National JSHS delegate

  • Bintia Keita
    Category: Engineering
    Project: "Emo's" potential application for children with autism
    Mentors: Dr. Kathleen McDermott and Dr. Scott Fitzgerald in the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University

NYC Metro JSHS semifinalists

  • Enaya Ahmad
    Category: Behavioral & Social Sciences
    Project: The presence of the other race effect in teenagers
    Mentor: Dr. Grit Herzmann in the Department of Psychology at The College of Wooster
  • Muhammad Sharjeel
    Category: Behavioral & Social Sciences
    Project: Association between extroversion and homework behavior among NYC high school students
    Mentor: Dr. Jason Young in the Department of Psychology at Hunter College
  • Samarpreet Singh
    Category: Behavioral & Social Sciences
    Project: Social media usage and the degree of optimistic bias in adolescents
    Mentor: Dr. Steven Anolik in the Department of Psychology at St Francis College
  • Benny Dong & Jason Wu & Lian Hao Zheng
    Category: Behavioral & Social Sciences
    Project: How does gratitude affect one's quality of sleep and level of depression?
    Mentor: Dr. Steven Anolik in the Department of Psychology at St Francis College
  • Michelle Yang & Zitong Liu
    Category: Environmental Sciences
    Project: Veganism saves the world: Plant-based meat alternatives

Group photo on the Midwood bridge over Bedford Avenue

Bintia Keita receives NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

Posted on Monday, February 14, 2022 by for Awards.

Midwood Science senior Bintia Keita was one of 40 winners nationwide to receive the 2022 Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) from the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). Since there were over 3,500 applicants, Bintia is almost literally a one-in-a-hundred student (one in 87.5 for the statistically pedantic out there).

The NCWIT AiC honors 9th–12th grade women, genderqueer, or non-binary students for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education.

Bintia’s project is a robot named "Emo" who can be used to teach children with autism about emotions. She built and programmed Emo herself at home using parts partially paid for by a grant from the New York Institute of Technology and parts 3D printed at Midwood.

Bintia Keita Emo
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2 Midwood projects receive grant from NYIT

Posted on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 by for Awards.

The Mini-Research Grant Award (MRGA) is an initiative of the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) that awards monetary grants to high school students for scientific research projects still in the proposal stage. Two projects by Midwood students were selected on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 — and soon thereafter NYIT sent us $600.

  • Senior Lianhao Zheng received a grant of $300 for his proposal "How does a 9–12th grade high school students’ mindfulness affect their level of depression and sleep quality?" Lianhao’s work will be submitted to the AP Capstone program in May. This is the second time he has won this award.
  • Juniors Angel Wu, Aaron Xu, and Jiaen Chen received a grant of $300 for their proposal "The effect of external factors on the perception and taste of food". The team will submit their work to the Terra NYC STEM Fair and other competitions in their senior year.

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Midwood seniors receive 2 First Awards at Terra NYC Finals

Posted on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 by for Awards, Terra NYC.

The Terra NYC STEM Fair is the new name for what used to be called the New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF). New name, same great competition. 21 Midwood seniors entered this year with 3 advancing to the finals round. Finalists spent the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, March 20 and 21 in video conferences with academic and professional judges from across the globe. All 3 of our finalists received First Awards!

Selfie Fariha Ahmed received a First Award in Chemistry for his project "The effects of several carbonate-based additives on aluminum chloride/propionamide deep eutectic solvents for use in aluminum-ion batteries". Fariha worked under the supervision of Dr. Sophia Suarez and Mr. Domenec Paterno in the Department of Physics at Brooklyn College.
Promotional poster Nichole Gutierrez and Tasnia Shadat received a First Award in Behavior and Social Science: Psychology for their project "The effect of culture on adolescent mental health". Nichole and Tasnia worked under the supervision of Dr. Steven Anolik in the Department of Psychology at St. Francis College.

Tahreem Sittar and Maham Ghori take 3rd at NYC Metro JSHS

Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2021 by for Awards, JSHS.

On Sunday, February 7, 2021 York College hosted the latest (virtual) installment of the NYC Metro Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS). JSHS is a nationwide collection of 48 regional competitions sponsored by the US Department of Defense whose aims are to promote original STEM research at the high school level and to publicly recognize students for outstanding achievement. Four projects by Midwood students were elegible this year and one brought home an award.

Maham, Tahreem, and a Long-Evans rat Tahreem Sittar and Maham Ghori were Third Place Winners in Behavioral and Social Sciences for their project "Role of uncertainty in governing attraction to food cues". Maham and Tahreem worked under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Delamater in the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College. The photo on the left shows Maham (left) and Tahreem (right) with one of their experimental subjects, a Long-Evans laboratory rat.

Midwood juniors receive $1,200 in grant money from NYIT

Posted on Saturday, February 6, 2021 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

The Mini-Research Grant Award (MRGA) is an initiative of the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) that to awards monetary grants to high school students for scientific research projects still in the proposal stage. Four projects by Midwood juniors were selected on Sunday, January 24, 2021— and soon thereafter NYIT sent us a nice check for $1,200.

Which one of these is real beef ☜ Can you tell which of these is real beef? Michelle Yang and Zitong Liu received a grant of $300 for their proposal "Veganism can save the world". Michelle and Zitong are science research free agents attempting to create their own vegan meat substitute. If you are a food scientist and would like to be a mentor to these students, please contact Midwood Science.
Promotional poster Lianhao Zheng, Benny Dong, and Jason Wu received a grant of $300 for their proposal "How does gratitude affect one’s quality of sleep and level of depression?" Lianhao, Jason, and Benny work under the supervision of Dr. Steven Anolik in the Department of Psychology at St. Francis College.
Selfie Bintia Keita received a grant of $300 for her proposal "’Widgets’ potential application for children with autism". Bintia works under the supervision of Ms. Kathleen McDermott and Dr. Scott Fitzgerald in the Department of Technology, Culture and Society at New York University.
Zoom screenshot Anne Mai, Tiffany Zhu, and Xiang Qing (Shannon) Wang received a grant of $300 for their proposal "Sleep deprivation and cognitive effects of memory in American adolescents". Anne, Shannon, and Tiffany work under the supervision of Dr. Denis Pelli in the Department of Psychology at New York University.

Check from NYIT to Midwood for $1,200

8 Midwood Finalists at NYCSEF 2020

Posted on Sunday, March 29, 2020 by for Awards, Terra NYC.

On Sunday, March 8, the 2020 New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) was held at CitiField. 34 Midwood Science students representing 27 projects were there — 8 were declared Finalists. Not a bad showing.

In a normal year, our 8 Finalists would be preparing for the next round of the competition at the American Museum of Natural History. What happens this year remains to be seen. Watch thse blogposts for news as we get it.

The 8 students' winning projects

Scientific posterMeghan Stern
Project: Home is where the support is: A reason why monk parakeets prefer man made structures
Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
Scientific posterOliwia Dankiw and Blessin McFarlane
Project: Need for speed: Decomposition rates of conventional plastics versus bioplastics
Mentor: Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College
Scientific posterLameya Rahman
Project: Effect of iron on Neisseria gonorrhea's Type IV pili (TFp)
Mentor: Dr. Nicolas Biais, Department of Biology, Brooklyn College
Scientific posterKelly Guan and Jessica Zheng
Project: Analyzing the effects of media multitasking on academic performance for disordered and non-disordered adolescents
Mentor: Dr. Sung Hun Kim, Department of Psychology, St. Francis College
Scientific posterMaham Ghori and Tahreem Sittar
Project: Role of uncertainty in governing attraction to food cues
Mentor: Dr. Andrew Delamater, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College

All 34 students

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The venue

Almedina Mulic is a finalist at the 2020 NYC Metro JSHS, Tanisa Rahman wins 2nd in chemistry

Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2020 by for Awards, JSHS.

JSHS logo

The NYC Metro Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) only accepted about 120 projects citywide for this year's competition. On Sunday, February 8, 2020, 6 Midwood students made it to the semifinals round. Almedina Mulic was declared first place in environmental science and a finalist overall. Tanisa Rahman received second place in chemistry. 4 additional Midwood students were declared semifinalists. Wish Almedina good luck as she prepares for the finals round in one week. Send congrats to all 6 of our winners. JSHS set a high bar that these 6 students deftly surmounted.

Finalist and first place in environmental science

  • Almedina Mulic (environmental science)
    Project: Do Geukensia demissa change how they feed in the presence of predators?
    Mentor: Dr. J. Stephen Gosnell, Department of Environmental Science, Baruch College

Semifinalist and second place in chemistry

  • Tanisa Rahman (chemistry)
    Project: Novel method of cycloaddition of cyclooctyne and trapping with a vinylketene complex and other cycloaddition reactions using benzyne precursors
    Mentor: Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Long Island University

Semifinalist

  • Ashley Chin (behavioral science)
    Project: How does body awareness and parental bonding differ among black and non-black young adults?
    Mentor: Dr. Sara Chiara Haden, Department of Psychology, Long Island University
  • Henry Hua (environmental science)
    Project: Food consumption rates of Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis (green sea urchin) in a high CO2, low pH environment
    Mentor: Dr. Kestrel Perez, Department of Biology, St. Joseph's College
  • Jasmine Huang (behavioral science)
    Project: Effects of reversed Pavlovian learning in differentiating sex
    Mentor: Dr. Andrew Delamater, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  • Mariyum Jahan (behavioral science)
    Project: Male and female fiddler crabs prefer to group with members of the opposite sex
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College

Finalist Almedina Mulic
Finalist Almedina Mulic

All 6 semifinalists
All 6 semifinalists plus one teacher

Tristan Ene and Nadzeya Fliaha win first place awards at 2020 St. Joseph’s College High School Poster Session

Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2020 by for Awards, St. Joseph's.

St. Joseph's College coat of arms

Saturday, February 1, 2020 was the 24th Annual Research Poster Session for High School Students at St. Joseph's College New York. This event is open to all high school students in any field of scientific research and is sponsored by the Chemical Education Committee of the New York Section of the American Chemical Society. Midwood Science students collected most of the awards this year — 2 first place awards, 1 second place award, and 7 honorable mentions. Brooklyn's Edward R. Murrow High School won the other second place award. Hudson County, New Jersey's Jose Marti STEM Academy and High Tech High School won 3 and 2 honorable mentions, respectively. Congratulations all around.

First Place

  • Tristan Ene
    Project: The effectiveness of DEP water quality testing in Jamaica Bay
    Mentor: Dr. Brett Branco, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College
  • Nadzeya Fliaha
    Project: Probing the meta-magnetic order using magnetocaloric data and data analysis
    Mentor: Dr. Karl Sandeman, Department of Physics, Brooklyn College

Second Place

  • Anum Jabeen
    Project: Deep sequencing anemone mitogenomes: Understanding evolutionary relationships
    Mentor: Dr. Mercer Brugler, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, American Museum of Natural History

Honorable Mention

  • Naffisat Atanda and Serena Duran
    Project: The relationship between academic performance and social anxiety in college students
    Mentor: Dr. Laura Egan, Department of Psychology, St. Francis College
  • Oliwia Dankiw and Blessin McFarlane
    Project: Need for speed: Decomposition rates of conventional plastics versus bioplastics
    Mentor: Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College
  • Daniel Drozdov and Victoria Habbchy
    Project: Expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and production of nitric oxide (NO) by human monocytes after freezing and storage
    Mentor: Dr. Maja Nowakowski, Department of Pathology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Kelly Guan and Jessica Zheng
    Project: Analyzing the effects of media multitasking on academic performance for disordered and non-disordered adolescents
    Mentor: Dr. Sung Hun Kim, Department of Psychology, St. Francis College
  • Lameya Rahman
    Project: Effect of iron on Neisseria gonorrhea's Type IV pili (TFp)
    Mentor: Dr. Nicolas Biais, Department of Biology, Brooklyn College
  • Defne Sener
    Project: Biofuels from brown grease
    Mentor: Dr. Lawrence Pratt, Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Medgar Evers College
  • Gabriella Shalumov
    Project: The effect of naturalistic visual stimuli on axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) motor behavior
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
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Science research update

Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 by for ACT-SO, Awards, Brooklyn College, Media, Science Fair, Terra NYC.

To celebrate the last two days of the academic year, here's all the news that happened at Midwood Science in the past two months. Have a great summer and see you in September.

Fizza Nayab and Emily Movsumova win at 2019 Brooklyn College Science Day

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2019 by for Awards, Brooklyn College.

3 Midwood students awarded gold medals at 2019 NYC ACT-SO

Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

2019 Science Fair Abstract Book (and more from the past)

Posted on Monday, May 27, 2019 by for Science Fair.

2019 Science Fair in action

Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2019 by for Science Fair.

Alyssa Kattan represents Midwood High School and Brooklyn College at the 47th annual MARM

Posted on Friday, May 31, 2019 by for Publications.

Midwood Science students volunteer at the 2019 World Science Festival

Posted on Monday, June 3, 2019 by for Everyone.

2019 Midwood Science Fair Awards

Posted on Friday, June 7, 2019 by for Awards, Science Fair.

NYCSEF competitors strive for success

Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2019 by for Media, NYCSEF.

Research students debut findings at Science Fair

Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2019 by for Media, Science Fair.

2019 Midwood Science Fair Awards

Posted on Friday, June 7, 2019 by for Awards, Science Fair.

And the winners are…

1st Place

Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Nichole Gutierrez
The Effect of Varying Magnetic Fields on Planarian Regeneration
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Tiffany Ng & Jacklyn Vu
The Viability of Ferrofluids on Oil Spills
 

2nd Place

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Aliyeh Khan
Impact of Gene Expression on Effectiveness of Transcription Factors
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Nitu Farhin & Malayka Mudassar
Constructing an Artificial Pancreas
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Jessica Serheyeva
Environmental Pollutants and Their Effect on Ivy Plant Transpiration Rates

3rd Place

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Ivy Chen & Emily Chen
Desalination vs. Salt Water
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Walter Rosales
The effect of various metals on electrical conductivity

Honorable Mention

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Jenane Benhalima & Lyna Ammi
The Effect of pH on the Regeneration of Planaria
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Alina Ongeyberg
The Electrolyte Challenge
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Zainab Ishfaq & Nicole Kravets
Best and Safest Paint Remover?
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Harmain Munir
Man vs. Nature: Comparing the Effectiveness of Different Antacids
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Michelle Tcherevatenko & Jeanine Jourdain
Beasts of the Meat
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Mohinur Abdullaeva
pH vs. Bacteria
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Christina Lamar & Ellen Mokhevishhvili
Filthy Phones

Bonus Photos

Trophies about to be awarded
Trophies waiting to be awarded
Alumni and teacher
Almas Shafiq (2014), Mr Elert, Chris Ayala (2014)
Research teachers posing with a skelton
Mr. Elert, Ms. Katzoff, Mr. A. Skeleton, Ms. Goldstein, Ms. Mosley

3 Midwood students awarded gold medals at 2019 NYC ACT-SO

Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

On Saturday, April 13, 2019 Midwood students traveled once again to George Wingate High School in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn for the 31st annual New York City Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics. ACT-SO, as it is usually known, is an "Olympics of the Mind" where high school students compete for medals in STEM, humanities, fine arts, performing arts, and business categories.

2019 saw Midwood High School students compete and medal in a diverse range of categories. Return gold medal winners Rana Mohamed and Kiandra Peart lead the team — Rana in Engineering and Photography, Kiandra in Entrepreneurship and Sculpture. Chad Chasteau brought home gold in Instrumental Classical Music. Another 12 silver and bronze medals were collected by 10 Midwood students in Medicine and Health, Earth and Space Science, Biology and Microbiology, Spoken Poetry, Written Poetry, and Traditional Dance. Awards were announced on Monday, May 6, 2019 at St. Francis College in Downtown Brooklyn.

Gold medalists will be competing at the National ACT-SO from July 20–24. The National ACT-SO is a part of the 110th Annual NAACP National Convention, which is being held this year at the COBO Center in Detroit, Michigan. The five-day conference will bring together over 10,000 people including NAACP members and delegates from across the country. Rana, Kiandra, and Chad are sure to have an exciting time.

ACT-SO logo

Gold Medal Winners

  • Rana Mohamed won a Gold Medal in Engineering for her project "Energy efficient design for a partially actuated passive walker". Rana worked under the supervision of Mr. William Zhiren Peng and Dr. Joo H. Kim in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Rana also received a Gold Medal in Photography for her work entitled "Asymmetric reality".
  • Kiandra Peart won a Gold Medal in Entrepreneurship for her independent business "Kustoms By Ki" and a Bronze Medal in Sculpture for a piece entitled "Taj Mahal".
  • Chad Chasteau won a Gold Medal in Instrumental Classical Music for his piano performance of "The girl with the flaxen hair" by Claude Debussy.

Silver Medal Winners

  • Ashley Chen won a Silver Medal in Medicine and Health for her project "The effect of interictal discharges on hippocampal oscillations and memory formation: A prospective memory study". Ashley worked under the supervision of Dr. Beth Leeman-Markowski in the Department of Neurology at NYU Langone Medical Center.
  • Basimah Zahid and Zuha Ahmed won a Silver Medal in Medicine and Health for their project "Child maltreatment, adult attachment styles, and emotional dysregulation". Basimah and Zuha worked under the supervision of Dr. Sara Chiara Haden in the Department of Psychology at Long Island University.
  • Anne Mania won a Silver Medal in Instrumental Classical Music for her piano performance of "Sonata in D Major" by Joseph Haydn and a Bronze Medal for her Original Essay entitled "Nuclear Weapons".

Bronze Medal Winners

  • Susana Tzunun Yax won a Bronze Medal in Earth and Space Science for her project "Analyzing the impact of Dendrobaena veneta earthworms on the bioavailability of heavy metals in soil" Susana and her partner Amy Chen worked under the supervision of Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College.
  • Kenny Pierre Louis and Miguel Rendon won a bronze medal in Medicine and Health for their project "Sleep deprivation and stress: Their troubling connection in adolescents". Kenny and Miguel worked under the supervision of Dr. Steven Anolik in the Department of Psychology at St. Francis College.
  • Nursat Jahan won a Bronze Medal in Biology and Microbiology for her project "Monk parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) audience effect on stick manipulation during nest construction". Nursat worked under the supervision of Dr. Frank Grasso in the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College.
  • Serena Duran won a Bronze Medals in Spoken Poetry her work entitled "Repeat" and a second Bronze Medal in Written Poetry for her piece entitled "Dusk".
  • Kamille Shivwkumar won a Bronze Medal in Traditional Dance for her performance entitled "Pinga".

Fizza Nayab and Emily Movsumova win at 2019 Brooklyn College Science Day

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2019 by for Awards, Brooklyn College.

Brooklyn College Science Research Day is an annual event that showcases the work done by students with research mentors at Brooklyn College and other CUNY schools. This year, around 125 students presented their research across 14 categories in STEM, with over 50 faculty members and students from the college serving as judges. First, second, and third place prizes were awarded in each of the three divisions: high school, undergraduate and graduate.

Two of the three awards at the high school level went to Midwood High School students. Fizza Nayab in the Biomimetic and Cognitive Robotics Lab (BCR) placed second and Emily Movsumova in the Mechano-microbiology Lab placed third. First place went to another member of BCR — Maya Tariq of George W. Hewlett High School in Nassau County. Congratulations to all.

Award winners: Emily Movsumova and Fizza Nayab
Award winners: Emily Movsumova and Fizza Nayab

  1. Maya Tariq (George W. Hewlett High School)
    Project: How monk parakeets choose where to live: The importance of cherry trees.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  2. Fizza Nayab
    Project: Monk to monk communication: Do monk parakeet calls influence conspecific behaviors?
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  3. Emily Movsumova
    Project: Unknown Streptococcus strain specific to killing and inhibiting growth of Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Neisseria elongata.
    Mentor: Dr. Nicolas Biais, Department of Biology, Brooklyn College

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An unexpectedly large group photo. Midwood Science students are known for their
ability to respond quickly and in amazing numbers when the call to action is sounded.

5 Midwood students take awards at NYCSEF finals. Robots, parrots, and mice lead the way.

Posted on Monday, March 25, 2019 by for Awards, Terra NYC.

Group photo of the finalists next to a large moon globe
Maryam Khan, Rana Mohamed, Annabel Xie,Larissa Brijmohan, Fizza Nayab

NYCSEF First Award

  • Rana Mohamed (Engineering)
    Project: Energy efficient design for a partially actuated passive walker.
    Mentor: Mr. William Zhiren Peng and Dr. Joo H. Kim, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
    Rana also received the Naval Science Award from the Office of Naval Research.

NYCSEF Second Award

  • Larissa Brijmohan (Animal Sciences)
    Project: The effect of an audience on monk parakeet nest construction effort.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  • Annabel Xie (Animal Sciences)
    Project: Monk parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) prefer to nest in greenspace in New York City compared to other types of land.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College

NYCSEF Third Award

  • Fizza Nayab (Animal Sciences)
    Project: Monk to monk communication: Do monk parakeet calls influence conspecific behaviors?
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  • Maryam Khan (Behavioral Neuroscience)
    Project: Defining the mechanisms of memory associated neural ensembles in the hippocampus.
    Mentor: Dr. Juan Marcos Alarcon, Department of Pathology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Group photo of the finalists next to a statue of Theodore Roosevelt Blue whale model, Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life, American Museum of Natural History

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Midwood seniors capture half the awards at 2019 St. Joseph’s College Poster Session, Rana Mohamed takes first place

Posted on Saturday, February 9, 2019 by for Awards, St. Joseph's.

St. Joseph's College coat of arms

Saturday, February 9, 2019 was the 23rd Annual Research Poster Session for High School Students at St. Joseph's College New York. This event is open to all high school students in any field of scientific research and is sponsored by the Chemical Education Committee of the New York Section of the American Chemical Society. Midwood Science students collected half the awards this year with Hudson County, New Jersey's Union City High School and High Tech High School sharing the other half. Midwood's Rana Mohamed and her "passive walker" robot took First Place.

First Place

  • Rana Mohamed
    Project: Energy monitoring systems for mobile robotic systems.
    Mentor: Mr. William Zhiren Peng and Dr. Joo H. Kim, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Honorable Mention

  • Ahmad Choudhry and Daniel Gaft
    Project: Synthesis and cycloadditions of vinylketene iron (0) complexes using 2,4,6-triisopropylbenzenesulfonyl hydrazones.
    Mentor: Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Long Island University
  • Andrew Korbin, Humayara Karim, and Yenny Huang
    Project: Phytoremediation of heavy metal contaminated soils using Brassica juncea.
    Mentor: Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College
  • Emily Movsumova
    Project: Unknown Streptococcus strain specific to killing and inhibiting growth of Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Neisseria elongata.
    Mentor: Dr. Nicolas Biais, Department of Biology, Brooklyn College
  • Maryam Khan
    Project: Defining the mechanisms of memory associated neural ensembles in the hippocampus.
    Mentor: Dr. Juan Marcos Alarcon, Department of Pathology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Nathan Reder
    Project: Analysis of writing quality by automated scoring systems to identify factors to support poor college writers.
    Mentor: Dr. Mark Lauterbach, Department of Early Childhood and Art Education, Brooklyn College
Individual photos by Eva Lai. Group photo courtesy of SJC High School Poster Session on Flickr.
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5 Midwood students compete at the 2019 JSHS semifinals, Ahmad Choudry takes 3rd place in chemistry

Posted on Friday, February 8, 2019 by for Awards, JSHS.

JSHS logo

Sunday, February 3, 2019 was the 11th occurrence of the New York City Metro Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) at York College in Queens. JSHS is a program sponsored by the US Department of Defense to promote original STEM research and experimentation at the high school level. Select students present their findings to their peers and a panel of expert judges at regional symposia held across the US.

The NYC Metro JSHS only accepted about 120 projects for this year's competition. 5 Midwood students representing 4 projects made it to the Semifinals round with the team of Ahmad Choudhry and Daniel Gaft taking Third Place in Chemistry.

Third Place

  • Ahmad Choudhry and Daniel Gaft (Chemistry)
    Project: Synthesis and cycloadditions of vinylketene iron (0) complexes using 2,4,6-triisopropylbenzenesulfonyl hydrazones.
    Mentor: Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Long Island University

Semifinalists

  • Rana Mohamed (Engineering)
    Project: Energy monitoring systems for mobile robotic systems.
    Mentor: Mr. William Zhiren Peng and Dr. Joo H. Kim, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
  • Fizza Nayab (Animal Sciences)
    Project: Monk to monk communication: Do monk parakeet calls influence conspecific behaviors?
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  • Annabel Xie (Animal Sciences)
    Project: Monk parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) prefer to nest in greenspace in New York City compared to other types of land.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
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