Science Research Students Take Their Love of Learning into Summer Months
Six MacArthur High School science research students continued their education during the summer of 2017 by volunteering their time to intern and participate in research programs to build their knowledge in the science fields.
During the summer months, 10th-grader Isabella Molina attended a four-week STEM Prep Summer Institute program with Brookhaven National Laboratory. She participated in a number of projects, including building a remotely operated vehicle. Topics were covered in physics, biology, chemistry, scientific computing and environmental science and Molina had the opportunity to meet students from both Nassau and Suffolk County.
Senior Delilah Spinelli also took part in a program at Brookhaven National Laboratory called the High School Research Program. The competitive six-week program allowed Spinelli to tackle an independent research project where she had the opportunity to take work in the National Synchrotron Light Source II facility, working on protein crystallization.
Also strengthening her research skills, senior Hannah Grunfeld spent her summer months learning first-hand analysis skills at Hofstra University where she assisted in an individual research project with Dr. Aniruddha Deshpande. Grunfeld explored music trends and created a survey to discover if there are correlations between how one listens to music and tinnitus, the perception of sound when no actual external noise is present. In addition, Grunfeld spent two weeks in Australia as part of a teenage travel program, volunteering at the Australia Zoo, where she helped care for the animals.
Seniors Yingyue "Maggie" Liu and Helen Zhang attended a six-week summer research program at Stony Brook University at the Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces. The program gave them the opportunity to meet students from around the country and work on projects with partners. Liu explored protein and how it effects blood clotting, while Zhang took a deeper look at nanostructures.
Instead of a summer research program, senior Jared Schwartz earned a six-week internship at Stony Brook University where he worked in the environmental science field. Schwartz explored radio isotopes released from Fukushima, Japan and researched the impact they made on species of fish.
"These students did a tremendous job," said science research teacher Matthew Zausin. "They gave up a huge part of their summer to do something that was not a requirement and went above and beyond to do something that they were very passionate about."