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The Ursuline School's 19th Annual

Science Research Symposium

May 23, 2017


Poster session for all researchers.

Presentations by seniors.



Do brown dwarfs have companion objects?
Does having a positive relationship with parents decrease panic disorders?
Do IGF-1 receptors affect insulin regulation?



These questions and more were answered by our student researchers!

This is a 3-year independent research program.

Sophomores (pictured below) review research conducted by others and practice presenting an analysis of a specific article of interest.

Juniors (below) design individual experiments.

Seniors conduct experiments and enter competitions. After the Poster Session in the Tully Family Gymnasium, seniors presented their original research in the Auriana Theater. Congratulations to our seniors on the completion of their research. They are pictured below with their science teachers; from far left, Ms. D'Alessio, Caroline Ault, Madeline Luksha, Brid Carroll, Alice Varghese, Stephanie Brij-Raj, Julia Whealan, Theresa Cho, Kelly Fleming, Ms. Gousse, and not pictured, Victoria Pereira.

Science Research is a rigorous elective course taken in conjunction with the regular science curriculum. Beginning in sophomore year, this three-year program teaches students how to conduct literature searches, how to read scientific peer-reviewed literature, how to give oral presentations effectively, and how to formulate a research topic, hypothesis, and research plan. With guidance from a scientist mentor, students conduct original research projects in their junior year and present their findings in a formal research paper that meets the requirements for state and national competitions during their senior year. Research areas include (but are not limited to) astrophysics, engineering, ecology, molecular and cell biology, medicine, psychology, pharmaceuticals, and veterinary medicine.




The Science Research Symposium has a significant history at Ursuline. A number of students have continued their science studies in college or medical school. We are grateful to the scientist mentors who have guided our student researchers over the years.

Please enjoy more photos below. You may click on the bottom right corner to enlarge the view.




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