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High School, Science Research
9th Grade Introduction to Research
This course is a continuation of 9th Grade Science Research, during which students will continue to refine their reading, writing, and presentation skills and their development of science research. Students will begin learning how to conduct literature reviews and the first steps to seeking mentorship to conduct research with. Students will carry out their own independent research project, write a paper, and prepare an oral and visual presentation of their work for their classmates and for entry at a variety of fairs and competitions including: Molloy College Science Fair, Long Island Science Congress Senior Division, LISEF, New York Youth Summit, Toshiba Exploravision, Long Island Envirothon, The Physics Photo Challenge, The Paradigm Challenge, the Emperor Science Essay Challenge, N.A.S.A. Contests, and the New York State Archive Competition.
This course is by invitation only. It involves homework, reading and writing assignments and participation in up to 5 different competitions. This course is designed for serious students who are ready to make a huge time commitment to continue their science research outside of school. Students and teachers will work together to develop a plan for summer internships that will enable them to continue to pursue their interests over the coming summer vacation and on into the 11th and 12th Grade Research track.
11th and 12th Grade Advanced Research
Depending on their experience and independent work to date, junior and senior students of the Science Research Program will complete their summer research projects by effecting closure and following up by writing an advanced research paper, submitting their research efforts to major contests, and presenting poster board, oral, and visual presentations in defense of their work at these venues to professional judges. Students will also have the opportunity to provide mentorship to freshmen students. This will effectively conclude a rich and rewarding comprehensive research experience, which we hope will dovetail with research aspirations in college or university.