For the third year in a row, the Bronx SciFest will be held at Lehman College’s Science Hall, on Friday, April 24. This year, thirty-three public high school students will participate in fair—the only science fair in the borough for students from non-specialized high schools.
Now the first time, Science Day at Lehman College will include the Seventh Annual Research and Scholarship Day, which brings Lehman students—undergraduate and graduate—and faculty together to present their research to the Lehman community.
Each year the Bronx SciFest enables Bronx public high school students from around the borough to work with mentors, including faculty from Lehman College, and other CUNY schools including The City College of New York and LaGuardia Community College, to develop their own scientific research. Each year the contestants are judged by experts and are awarded scholarship prizes. The top prize includes a free four-year scholarship to study at Lehman College.
Last year’s Bronx SciFest was won by Raychell Vélez, a senior at the Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics High School, who took the top prize for her research on the effects of acidity and salinity in plant growth.
At the inaugural Bronx SciFest in 2013, Keyko Sánchez, a 17-year-old senior, who attended Herbert H. Lehman High School in the Bronx, came in first place. Sánchez, who participated in the College’s Women in Science program, which mentors female high school students in the fields of STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering and Math—won for her project which detailed how proton wires transports hydrogen ions.
Lehman College’s Bronx SciFest initiative is a collaboration between the School of Natural and Social Sciences, the Department of Biological Sciences, and the College Now Program. The focus is to develop scientific inquiry among Bronx high school students. Participating students have a strong interest in scientific research and they can work either individually or in team projects.
This initiative provides them not only with awareness and exposure to areas in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), but also with the experience of doing research in our state of the art labs alongside Lehman College faculty. Students will develop a research project and compete in the fair, where projects will be showcased in the Science Hall, followed by the awards ceremony in the Studio Theatre.
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