Advances in STEM Research

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Two students from the High School recently attended the 2019 Plum Island Animal Disease Center High School STEM Forum. Senior Mahdi Rashidzada presented his research on the efficacy of herbal hydrosols on Cutibacterium acnes, a collaborative project with his mentor, Dr. Andrea Stadler a professor at St. Joseph’s College. Student Stephanie Searing presented her findings on the organ shortage in America. They were accompanied by Mr. Edward Storck, Advanced Placement Research teacher and Dr. Amy Meyer, Director of STEM.

The students presented to scientists from Plum Island, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, University of Connecticut, Suffolk County Community College, Mystic Aquarium and more.

“This was a great networking experience,” Stephanie said. “I appreciate the opportunity to build my confidence in delivering a professional presentation to members of the scientific community.”

Added Mahdi “I feel that it was great to get an idea of what other students are doing and what research is happening right now. We know that these students will be our colleagues one day and I appreciate the opportunity to network.”