Somers Science Research is constantly looking for potential mentors to collaborate with a student at Somers High School on a research project. To qualify as a mentor you must have earned a doctoral/professional degree in a scientific discipline that relates to the student’s area of research. A PhD, MD or a master’s degree with additional experience and expertise in the student’s area of research is acceptable when approved by a Scientific Review Committee (SRC). The Qualified Scientist must be thoroughly familiar with local, state, and federal regulations that govern the student’s area of research. Listed below are a few of the responsibilities you would have as a mentor:

• Collaborate with a student to research and develop an experiment to be carried out. This can be done in person, by phone or via email.

• Assist with the collection and analysis of data. The amount of time devoted to collecting and analyzing data would be left to your discretion. It is highly encouraged that the student and mentor work together to achieve this goal.

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• Serve as a resource to answer any questions that the student may have regarding their research or area of interest.

Students will compete at local, national, and international competitions with their findings. In recent years, students from the Somers Science Research program have competed at the International Science and Engineering Fair, International Sustainable World Energy Engineering Environment Project Olympiad, Regeneron Science Talent Search, Westchester Science and Engineering Fair and more!

If you are interested in becoming a potential mentor for the Somers Science Research program, please visit our website at SomersScienceResearch.com/mentors to complete an application! Thank you!

William Maelia is a Somers science research teacher.