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Students Take Next Step in Independent Scientific Research
Posted 02/08/2018 07:20PM

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 Dr. 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 13, the following SRD presentations were made before the Institutional Review Board:


Mia Composto ‘19
What is the relationship between cell phone use, academic performance, anxiety, and satisfaction in life in high school students?

Cam Goldberg ‘19
Why is it that transgender people have higher percentages of clinical depression and anxiety?

Justin Herrzfeld ‘19
Is it ethical to use CRISPR- to genetically edit future humans?

Danielle Kasler ‘19
What are the behavioral effects of growing up in a disciplinary home environment compared to a less disciplinary home environment?

Maya Pellitteri ‘19
In What Ways Are Teen’s Self Perception Different From their Peers’ ?

Each student presented their work and research question to the panel and then fielded questions from the panel and audience. Using the positive feedback and guidance, the students will now refine their study as well as 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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