Students Make Impressive Presentations at Science Research Symposium
Croton-Harmon High School held its annual Science Research Symposium on Tuesday night, with senior Science Research students presenting some impressive and complex projects to a fascinated audience and sophomore and junior students discussing their ongoing projects with visitors. The Science Research Program, run by teacher Donna Light-Donovan, offers students an opportunity to develop research skill and to design and carry out a long-term study on a topic of their choice in the fields of life sciences, math, physical sciences, computer science or social sciences. Students read professional science journals, online materials, and are expected to choose a science mentor in their field of study throughout the process. Students in their third year of the program report their findings in a research paper. Croton-Harmon students compete and present in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair, the Somers Science Fair, and the Croton symposium. This year's seniors who presented were Theo Curran, who spent time studying in a lab in the Netherlands; Francis Fedora, who studied empathy and musicality; Melissa Stok, a Regeneron semifinalist who studied 3-D bioprinting; who studied microbial warfare; and Aadish Velmani, who researched ways to extract rare earth elements, trace metals that are key components of modern technology, from our toxic waste. Congratulations to our graduating seniors in the program, and good luck to our second- and third-year scholars!