March 7, 2013
Students from Gloversville High School’s AP Biology and College in the High School’s Science Research course, sponsored by The University at Albany, spent their day in a science lab at Fulton-Montgomery Community College as part of a research project under the guidance of Associate Professor of Science Laurie Freeman, AP Biology Instructor Alison Siragusa, and Science Research Program Instructor Kate Brown.
Project leader Justin Ward, a senior at GHS, was working with his peers to conduct research on how diversity effects the growth of E. coli. Ward will continue his studies at a college yet to be selected to study biomedical engineering.
According to The University at Albany, The University has sponsored the Science Research in the High School program since 1994. The schools in the program model their science research classes after the course developed by the late Robert Pavlica, Ph.D. at Byram Hills High School in Armonk, New York. There are presently more than 110 schools in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut that use this program to involve students as legitimate members of the research community. Students in these classes draw their mentors from a wide array of professional research institutions both domestic and worldwide. In addition, many of the students in these classes take the Science Research course for college credit in their Junior and Senior years, through the University at Albany’s “University in the High School” program (UHS).