Science Research Honors students recognized at regional competitions

on April 3, 2019

Monroe-Woodbury High School was ably represented at two major science competitions this spring. These competitions are the culmination of years of research begun in 1oth grade as part of M-W’s Science Research Honors program.

On Saturday, March 23, 2019, students and advisors traveled to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to present their research at the Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair (GCRSEF). The Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair is affiliated with both the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the State Science Congress sponsored by the Science Teachers Association of New York state. Students are judged on the quality of their research, their exhibits and their oral presentation of results.

Eleven M-W students presented their work this year. Of these, two students were recognized with individual awards:

Student receiving award at Regional Science competitionStudent receiving award at Regional Science competitionKajetan Leitner – The U.S. NAVY award – An Investigation into the Physical Properties of Kevlar: Yarn Pull Out and Drapability

Jessica Schuh – The American Psychological Association Award – The Effect Clothing-Based Stereotypes Found in Popular Video Games Have on High School Students


Students also participated in the regional Sub-Junior Regional Science and Humanities Symposium on January 26, 2019. Once again, students were recognized for their work.
Student science award winners

  • 3rd Place – Behavioral Studies                                                                                                        
    • Matthew Gazzola: Differences in Communication Between Different Age Groups of Gorillas
  • 2nd Place – Behavioral Studies                                                                                                            
    • Sophia Maier: The Impact of Race, Sex, and Urbanicity on the Prevalence of Borderline Personality Disorder

Sophia was invited to present a poster at the Upstate New York Junior Science and Humanities Symposium March 28 at the University at Albany.Student presenting her research

Best of luck, Sophia!