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Two Upper School Students to Present Their Scientific Research at National Conference

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Two Heathwood students are among the 13 selected statewide as South Carolina delegates to the 2019 national meeting of the Association of Junior Academies of Science (AJAS) and the American Association for the  Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington DC.

Rising junior Caroline Quan and rising sophomore Nico Adamo were both selected based on the quality of the original scientific research they presented at the 2018 meeting of the South Carolina Junior Academy of Science (SCJAS) this spring.They will present that work again at AJAS.

Nico's paper, "The Relationship between Conductor and Discriminant of an Elliptical Curve over Q," won first place in both the oral and written categories for mathematics at SCJAS. Caroline's paper, "The Effect of Vinegar and Tap Water on the Release of Nickel in Grade 304 Stainless Steel Cups," was the first place written paper in consumer science at SCJAS. Twelve other Heathwood students also earned recognition for their research at SCJAS.

Caroline and Nico completed their research through Heathwood's Honors Science and Research program, which is designed to challenge students academically and provide authentic laboratory experiences that prepare them for future success in the sciences. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors who meet specific academic prerequisites and have both an interest and aptitude for science may choose to participate in the program. The Honors Science courses challenge students with a faster pace of instruction, a larger volume of content, and increased performance expectations.

Students participating in the program must design, implement, and analyze results from an independent experimental research project. They write up their work in a formal scientific report and present it publicly in two different forums. The first presentation is to the Heathwood community during the annual Honors Science Research Symposium. All Honors Science students also present and compete at SCJAS.