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Hastings HS Students Show Off Research At Science Symposium

Students showed off the efforts of their research at the Hastings High School Science Symposium.
Students showed off the efforts of their research at the Hastings High School Science Symposium. Photo Credit: Contributed

HASTINGS, N.Y. -- Juniors and Seniors from Hastings High School displayed their two-year research projects at the third annual Science Symposium on May 26.

Opening remarks were made by Science Chair and teacher Ms. Melissa Shandroff.

HHS seniors Faith Shaeffer and Sarah Markley spoke; and the guest speaker was Dr. Peter Kelemen, Arthur D. Storke Memorial Professor and Chair of Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory.

Students enter the Science Research class program as a junior with a two-year commitment and participate in authentic research projects. The idea for the project comes from the student by exploring what they are interested in and then finding a mentor.

The summer between junior and senior year is intense as the students then serve in an internship under the guidance of their mentor, furthering their knowledge of their subject area.

This year’s junior class has summer internships at Memorial Sloan Kettering, Columbia University, Stone Barnes, New York University, American Museum of Natural History, Mount Sinai Hospital, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Stony Brook University, and Boston Leadership Institute.

“This is a perfect class for someone who is self-directed, interested in the research process, and wants to work in a lab or out in the field," Shandroff said in a statement. "Students are often working at a graduate school level.”

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