By Atif Gujar ’19, Muhammad Hamza ’19, Rubhiyah Chaudhry ’19, and Nicole Demetrashvili ’19
Enthusiastic seniors from all over New York displayed their scientific experiments as juniors eagerly speculate at the New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) on March 4, held at City College in Hamilton Heights, Manhattan.
Students from different high schools entered this competition, including Brooklyn Technical High School, Edward R. Murrow High School, and Stuyvesant High School.
The whole process of the NYCSEF is complex. First, the students have to fill out paperwork ranging from each of their grades, followed by paperwork being assembled by faculty members of the Science Research program. The process may be lengthy and complicated, but in the end it is all worth it. Students who win the final round have a chance to win prizes totaling four million dollars in scholarships and awards, as well as an all expense paid trip to Pittsburgh.
Mr. Glenn Elert, the main supervising teacher, explains that this is a very difficult competition and that the seniors, currently competing in the finals, have to go up against students from all over the state. Mr. Elert credits the success of his seniors going to the finals to the supervision of the research coordinators and staff that made these events run smoothly.
The NYCSEF competition is a collaboration of scientific works. The number of participants this year allowed for more diverse competition.
Overall, Mr. Elert and the faculty members felt satisfied with the students’ hard work and their advancement to the finals. They believed that the competition is an effective way of promoting brilliant minds to present their work through these projects and allows them to be a part of the NYCSEF community.
Calvin Hunyh ’18, part of a team project with Michelle Zinger, said, “You get your own idea of where the gaps in the field are and our research ultimately strives for a cure for cancer.”
Competing this year could potentially open up many doors for these two, especially when applying to colleges.
“Science research gave me a sense of accomplishment and prestige because we did work so hard on our projects so NYCSEF gave us a chance to show our work and dedication,” said Hunyh.
Competing in NYCSEF allows students to delve into new fields of scientific research. Hafsa Fatima ’18, one of the finalists of NYCSEF, explains that while competing in NYCSEF was very difficult, it permits for a new understanding of science.
For Fatima, this was an opportunity for learning, because of which she was able to conduct her research, and reach her dreams, such as, “collecting, analyzing, and presenting my data to the scientific community.”
At NYCSEF, the preliminary round is where all students get the moment to showcase their projects in Shepard Hall at City College.
As the preliminary round continues, the top 25 percent of student researchers from each subject category were invited to participate in the Finals on March 20, at the American Museum of Natural History.
The Awards Ceremony follows three days later, on March 26, at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Approximately twenty students will be selected to represent New York City at the International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania May 13 – 18.
This year Midwood has been extremely committed to NYCSEF and had sent out its 14 students, who are presenting nine projects to this year’s competition. Hopefully the finalists will show the scientific community that they all deserve to be future scientists, and continue showcasing their research in ISEF.