Student Researchers Present at the Eighth Annual Science Research Symposium

Student Researchers Present at the Eighth Annual Science Research Symposium
Posted on 05/28/2019

Three students from Bolton Central School’s Advanced Science Research course presented their findings on a variety of topics at the Eighth Annual Bolton Central School Science Research Symposium held recently in the school library. Students gave presentations in front of a packed house and discussed their findings at tabletop displays.  

Taught by Bolton Central School’s secondary science teacher Mrs. Nicole Williams, the research course that begins in the fall is a three-year elective, offered to students in grades 10 through 12. Students choose a topic and carry out an original research project on that topic. Mrs. Williams explained that students in this class will perform the same activities that professional researchers perform from journal readings to finding a mentor, planning a project, and carrying it out to an appropriate research conclusion. As the work progresses, the students write research papers, create posters, and present research findings at available competitions and symposia as determined by the instructor. During the student’s junior and senior years, he or she may elect to take the course for a total of up to twelve college credits from the State University of New York.

The following students presented their research on the following topics: Molly Showers presented on the effects of elevated temperatures on behavior in landlocked Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar); Maria Baker presented on the effects of heat stress and dehydration on cognitive function in elite female field hockey players and Katelyn Van Auken presented on incorporating nutrition education classes into food pantry settings to include lessons learned in design and implementation.

Mrs. Jessica Foy’s Culture and Food students prepared appetizers for the event.

“The students and I are proud to be able to share their experiences with the community,” Mrs. Williams added, “the Advanced Science Research Course is growing by leaps and bounds - this is a very exciting time for the sciences at Bolton Central School!”

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