Assessing risks of strokes, discovering energy potential in the Hudson River and finding better ways to treat diabetes were just some of the subjects that Briarcliff High School students in the Science Research Program discussed in their recent presentations of their research at the school’s Science Symposium.
During the event, which took place last week, students presented their findings to fellow classmates and the student body during the day, and to members of the community in the evening portion of the event.
The keynote speaker was 2014 Briarcliff alumnus Molly Charney, who studied metabolic alterations in the brain of former football players during her three years in the Science Research Program at Briarcliff.
She went on to study computational biology and genomics at Washington University in St. Louis and is now a fourth-year medical student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
“It was a special treat to have Molly back to inspire and encourage our students,” said mathematics and Science Research teacher Annmarie O’Brien.
Members of the Science Research team, which also includes Melissa Carnahan, Kim Dyer, Shaniece Mosley and Gilana Reiss, were very pleased with the event and the students’ presentations, which include large posters displayed in the first-floor hallways of the school.
“It was wonderful to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of all of our Science Research students, but especially that of our seniors,” Ms. O’Brien said. “We are very proud of them and hope that the skills they have learned during their three years in the program will continue to benefit them in college and beyond.”