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PMSA Seniors Tackle Wide Range of Subjects for Mentorship Research Projects

May 13, 2016 12:41 PM
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Topics ranged from computer science and sociology to marketing and health at the ninth annual Senior Research Symposium at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy on May 10.
 
At the end of the day, though, it was projects on the effect of alcohol exposure on proteins in the healing of bone fractures and a comparison of vegan, vegetarian, and meat-eating diets that led to Lizbeth Garcia and Sol Beltran, respectively, being named the Research Scholars for the Class of 2016.
 
"They did really well," said Mr. Matthew Brown, a PMSA teacher and a coordinator of the symposium, of the seniors’ projects. "There is a lot of high level work and a good variety of work. They’ve had good experiences with the research."
 
On May 10, 29 seniors exhibited the findings of their research on posters and presentations on PMSA’s fifth floor as mentors, parents, and other visitors learned about their work. Mr. Brown said that students’ projects were judged on the overall research and presentation, its impact on society, and the originality of the research on topics of their choosing.
 
Sol Beltran said that she is passionate about veganism, so she wanted to study the effects of vegan, vegetarian, and meat-eating diets on a person’s fitness. She said that her project segues neatly into her planned college major of biology at Dominican University.
 
"I want to be a wildlife veterinarian, so it was easy for me to explain this topics to others," Sol said.
Lizbeth Garcia, who plans to study a yet-to-be-decided science field at Northwestern University, came across her topic at the beginning of the year. The experience led to her working at the laboratory at Loyola University Medical Center, where she said that she had to work hard.
 
"I was a high school student who had to step up to the plate," she said.
 
Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, said that she was proud of all of the seniors in the mentorship program.
 
"Everything you’ve done, it is showing the world what they’re in for," she said. "This is an amazing group."
 
For more photos of the PMSA Senior Research Symposium, please click here
 
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