Students in the three-year science research program offered at Mepham have worked for months, and in some cases years, on their projects for this year’s Research Symposium, which was held on May 28.
Among the presenters was senior Jonathan Spiegel, whose work is pending publication in the Journal of Neurobiology of Aging. Spiegel presented his research on diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease before irreversible neurological damage is done.
Junior Emily Shipley also studied the brain. Her project analyzed the relationship between mental strength and athletic performance by giving dancers a choreographed dance with and without cues and reviewing how they performed. Those with assisted cues performed the routine better, according to Shipley’s research.
Junior Brianna Isola’s project reached for the sky as it looked into the final stages of a dying star. She is currently working at the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History with a team and is a contributing author of a paper on these findings.
Keynote speaker Dr. Veronica Dolar, an economics professor at LIU Post, discussed the rigorous process of performing research. She advised the students, “Expect that things are going to fail and that you will be rejected,” but emphasized that this shouldn’t stop them from picking up and trying again. Dolar also stressed the importance of seeking out a good mentor.
Dr. David Kommor, the science research teacher at Mepham, brimmed with pride as he discussed the featured students, who will earn college credits upon completion of the course.
“Their research has been completed solo, in hospitals, universities and more,” he said. “This evening is the culmination of the research year.”