MILLBURN, NJ -  Three years of hard work came together for Millburn High School students in a selective Science Research Program at the 14th Annual Science Symposium on Thursday. 

These students spend three years taking their interest in science methodology researching a single topic and utilizing summers to work in mentor labs, collecting real data and immersing themselves in the work of professional researchers. 

The symposium featured full PowerPoint presentations from this year’s graduating seniors. Seniors Anandita Nadkarni and Miriam Engel spoke about of their excitement presenting their research after so much time and effort. The seniors and other members of the program displayed posters explaining all of their research and attendees had the chance to engage in conversation with program members about the specifics of their experiments and ideas for future studies, a testament to the level of maturity necessary for Science Research. Dr. Arrigoni and Ms. Croace expressed their excitement about all of the accomplishments from this year. 

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“With pride, we note their [the students’] progress and accomplishments, largely achieved through their collaboration and support of one another,” explained Arrigoni, a science teacher at MHS.

The program focuses on students going out and forming their own hypothesis, Arrigoni noted. She believes the work ethic and dedication of the students is absolutely incredible, as well as how welcoming the science community has been to Millburn students. What separates this program from others is that students are not just fed information. 

Students independently go out and do their own research, which is reflected in the vast variety of topics presented, from “Protective Stepping in Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease Under Dual-Tasking Conditions” (Anandita Nadkarni) to “Adherence to a Mediterranean-Style Diet Among Urban and Rural Overweight and Obese College Students” (Annika Sharma).

Incoming sophomores attended the event in anticipation of starting the program in September. Devin Genderson, Corinne Quane, and Jenny Wang shared feelings of excitement and nervousness, but are so much more inspired to start work after attending the symposium.
The overall feeling was of celebration through learning and debate. 

Students and parents came to send off the seniors with acknowledgment of their accomplishments and welcome in the newest recruits.