Now in its third year, the Upper School's Science Research and Design (SRD) program hosted a symposium where students presented their research to an Institutional Review Board (IRB).
The SRD program is an application-only course that was created in 2014 by Upper School science teachers Ms. Natasha Hazell and Mrs. Lisa Neesemann. The course is a three year sequence, beginning in sophomore year, that introduces students to the field of science research.
As sophomores, students learn how to read journal articles and generate testable questions. They then conduct small research projects, learn basic data analysis, select research topics related to their personal interests and write literature reviews from peer reviewed sources. Their literature review is presented at the annual Spring SRD Symposium. Juniors in the SRD program refine their intended area of research and create a testable research question. They write a proposal for research projects centered around their research question and, once approved by the IRB, begin to conduct their study. They present the status of their study during the Spring SRD Symposium. In the Senior year of the program, students analyze their data and write the results of their study in the format of a scientific journal article. Their results are then presented at the Spring SRD Symposium and published in the forthcoming Bay Ridge Prep Science, Research and Design Journal.
On January 18, the following SRD presentations were made before the Institutional Review Board:
Does early weight-bearing after a Periacetabular Osteotomy increase the risk of patients having more complications later?
Researcher: Flannery Brown '18
Do athletes think differently in terms of improvement than non athletes do?
Researcher: Dylan Friedman '18
Is the relapse into depression that occurs while patients recover from sleep deprivation more likely to affect men or women?
Researcher: Georgina Iljazoski '18
What is the correlation between upbringing and prejudice against the LGBTQ community in adolescence?
Researcher: Kaitlyn Kugler '17
How is nanotechnology, more specifically nanovehicles, involved in drug delivery specifically with cancer treatments?
Researcher: Alexander Maiorana '18
Each of students presented their work and research question to the panel and then fielded questions from the panel and audience. Each student received positive feedback and guidance on how to refine their study as well as advice on how to contact experts and research institutes in the field. With research questions approved, the IRB panel and the science department now await the results of the studies.
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