16th Annual M-W Science Research Symposium to be held May 19

on May 10, 2016

The 16th Annual Monroe-Woodbury Science Research Symposium will be held at the high school on Thursday, May 19 from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Please RSVP by May 18 by email to Mrs. Flanagan at nflanaga@mw.k12.ny.us. Everyone is welcome!

The Students

Seniors: Matthew Bernstein, Erin Bourke, Ravi Dholakia, Kaleigh Doherty, Lisa Labarbera, Sai Papineni, Akshani Patel, Jessica Rallo, Anuradha Shetty, Lauren Sternberg

Joshua Chandra, Conor Collins, Brian Conlon, Allison Gardener, Colin Gordon, Tanya Prabhakar, Jennifer Splieth

Sophomores: Eyram Agbeli, Justin Bezdicek, Nicole Biancorosso, Kristina Boylan, Robert Colbath, Natalie Davidson, Jennifer Diaz, Kayla Elder, Julia Hoyt, Sharifa Kelly, Ishita Krishan, Sean Leiper, Arpeet Patel, Aastha Parikh, Vishwa Shah, Kristina Stevanovic, Destiny Suero, Julia Wienckowski

About the Science Research Program
The Science Research course is available through SUNY Albany’s high school program. The course spans three years in which students select a topic of research, find a mentor to consult with, and design and conduct an original experiment. As seniors, students complete a research paper and compete at a variety of competitions such as the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS), the Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair (GCRSEF) and the INTEL Talent Search.

The Guest Speaker: Dr. Matthew Whitaker

Dr. Whitaker is a researcher in the field of Mineral Physics. His primary research interests include
studying the physical properties of iron and light-element alloys and mineral phases under extreme pressure and temperature. He carries out experiments on minerals at high pressure and temperature conditions in multi-anvil apparatuses using combined ultrasonic interferometry and synchrotron Xradiation.

He is also beginning to expand the pressure range under which minerals are experimented upon by conducting experiments in Diamond Anvil Cells. By studying these materials under extreme conditions, Dr. Whitaker hopes to be able to shed some light on possible light elements in the cores of planets, and expand the available data on these minerals and their behavior under high pressures and temperatures.