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Welcome to Young Science Achievers 2013-2014 Program Year

The year is going by fast and final reports are due next month! Hope you are all having a productive STEM research experience and that you enjoyed the day at Princeton University.

Final Reports are due on or by midnight EDT on May 16, 2014.

To submit your final report, please click on the link below. Your project will be submitted via Google Docs. CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR FINAL REPORTS

Please note that projects submitted after the due date will not be reviewed by our panel of expert scientists and engineers. No extensions will be given this year. Students are expected to bring their project display boards to the Liberty Science Center Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 starting at 5pm (EDT). Don’t miss out the opportunity to showcase your projects in the Governors Hall at the Liberty Science Center and compete for prizes and awards. 

YSAP-MIRTHE Summer Internship Applications DUE May 16, 2014

 To submit your Summer Internship Application, please click on the link below.      

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR SUMMER INTERNSHIP APPLICATION 

The National Science Foundation’s Center for Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment (MIRTHE) has two opportunities for high school students to conduct research with MIRTHE faculty members at Princeton University and The City College of New York for a six week internship.   Our summer program will engage students in cutting-edge research with faculty mentors at the six MIRTHE universities.  They are matched with faculty mentors, who are engaged in research in the students’ general areas of interest; they either participate with ongoing research projects or develop projects of their own consultation with their faculty mentors. Other activities include:

  • Weekly teleconference calls and web-based training sessions with students from six MIRTHE partner universities
  • Short courses that expose the summer interns to a wide range of research fields
  • Informal social gatherings provide opportunities to network and to learn
  • Field trips to industrial laboratories and resources in the area
  • At the end of the summer, the annual MIRTHE summer workshop is held on the campus of the Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. Students are required to attend the annual MIRTHE Summer Workshop. This one-week workshop takes place during the last week of the research experience program.  This is fun for all MIRTHE students because it is designed to give graduates and undergraduates, high school students, high school teachers, post-docs and other researchers a chance to present their research work. There is also an “Industry Day” for networking with our industrial and government partners. MIRTHE will cover all costs for students to attend the MIRTHE Summer Workshop.

The students receive a weekly stipend of $400.

To be eligible to participate, students must be at least 16 years old and will be entering 12th grade in September, 2014. All students must have their own housing and reliable transportation to and from the research settings.  This opportunity is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Winning Projects for 2013-2014 Program Year

NOTE: Grant letters went out First Class US Mail to all teachers yesterday 1-21-14. Ask your teacher about getting started on your project! Have a fun and safe project this year!

School Teacher Title of Project
Somerville High School Alice Fahy-Elwood The Most Effective Suntan Lotion
Bergen County Academies Alyssa Calabro Improving Leukemia Treatment Using Gold Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery
Middlesex County Academy Amro Mosaad Efficiency of Window Films for the Conservation of Heat
Woodrow Wilson High School Arnold Purdon Lasers and the light they emit
Woodrow Wilson High School Arnold Purdon Different approaches to computer games
Woodrow Wilson High School Arnold Purdon Electric Guitar
Trinidad Garza Early College High School Bennett O’ Connor Waste to Energy
Woodbridge High School Cagan Yalama IMPROVED SOLAR POWERED OVEN WITH SOLAR CHARGED BATTERY
Woodbridge High School Cagan Yalama Waste into power
Woodbridge High School Cagan Yalama Universal Life controller
Manhattan Center for Science and Math Charlene Chan Green Algae in New York City’s Hudson River
Manhattan Center for Science and Math Charlene Chan The Effect of Changing Temperatures on the Rate of Bacterial Growth
Manhattan Center for Science and Math Charlene Chan DNA Barcoding Highlights the Genetic Diversity of Native and Non-Native Ants in Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics and Randalls Island.
Manhattan Center for Science and Math Charlene Chan Can Different Catalysts Improve the Water Splitting Technique to Produce Fuel that Can Generate Electricity?
Manhattan Center for Science and Math Charlene Chan Using Deformation to Produce Triboluminescence
Bridgewater-Raritan High School Cheryl Pieroni Bacteria is Everywhere
East Aurora High School Colleen Kerrigan Maglev-Future of Transportation
East Aurora High School Colleen Kerrigan Floating Filtration
East Aurora High School Colleen Kerrigan Refraction of Light
Bergen County Academies Deok-Yang Kim Formation of Hierarchically Structured Macroporous Hydroxyapatite Scaffolds via Polystyrene Particle Templates for Bone Grafting
Bergen County Academies Deok-Yang Kim Improvement of conductivity in reduced graphene oxide film by addition of multi-wall carbon nanotubes for supercapacitors
Bergen County Academies Deok-Yang Kim The Effects of Titanium Dioxide Nanotubes on the Photodegradation of Methyl Orange
Bergen County Academies Donna Leonardi Inhibition of Invasiveness and Angiogenesis in Melanoma by miR-145 through MMP11/MUC1 Regulation
High Tech High School Dr. Arun Srivastava Fighting Fungus with Vitamins: The Effects of Thiamine on Plant Resistance to Fungal Growth
High Tech High School Dr. Arun Srivastava The Effectiveness Of Using Plants to Break Down Pesticides
High Tech High School Dr. Arun Srivastava What is the effect of antioxidants on the fruit fly’s life span?
High Tech High School Dr. Arun Srivastava How does UV light affect photoreactivation in E. coli?
Lincoln High School Dr. Dean Saghafi Does it Lift?
Lincoln High school Dr. Dean Saghafi Evaluating the Reaction Time/Speed/Amount of Spore Discharge from the Pilobolus Fungus, under Different Wavelenght of Visible Lights
Lincoln High School Dr. Dean Saghafi The Effect of Electromagnetic radiation from Cell Phones on Honey Bees
Lincoln High School Dr. Dean Saghafi Multiple exposure of E. coli to Triclosan will lead to the Development of E.coli Resistance.
Lincoln High School Dr. Dean Saghafi Can Silver Nano-particles as an antimicrobial agent against Staphylococcus Aureus and Escherichia Coli?
Lincoln High School Dr. Dean Saghafi Daphnia Heart Beats
Lincoln High School Dr. Dean Saghafi The Effects of Phosphorus and Nitrogen on Algae Growth
Lincoln High School Dr. Dean Saghafi To Test the Effects of NaHCO3 and KHCO3 on a Paint’s Fire-Extinguishing Characteristics
Lincoln High School Dr. Dean Saghafi Removal of Heavy Metal Using Sugarcane Bagasse.
Lincoln High school Dr. Dean Saghafi The Effect of Ocean Acidification on Shells
Lincoln High School Dr. Dean Saghafi Home Remedy vs. Home Made
Bergen County Technical High School Dr. Jayasree Sankar Captivate Your Food – A project to save our planet!
Bergen County Technical High School Dr. Jayasree Sankar Project Rainbow Energy-Increased efficiency of Dye sensitized Solar Cells with Graphene incorporation
Bergen County Technical High School Dr. Jayasree Sankar Organic Waste- A Messy Way to Turn an Urban Negative into a Positive
Smithtown High School West Dr. Joanne Figueiredo The Effect of Substrate on the Growth of Eurasian Watermilfoil
Bergen County Academies Dr. Krassimir Penev Math in the Real World: Investigating Trends in Modern Day Economics through Mathematics
High Tech High School Dr. Nina Lavlinskaia Comparing Stability in Different Architectural Models
High Tech High School Dr. Nina Lavlinskaia The Effect of Fertilizer on Chlorella’s Ability to Bioremediate Oil Contaminated Water
High Tech High School Dr. Nina Lavlinskaia Bacteria: How to Destroy it the Fastest?
High Tech High School Dr. Nina Lavlinskaia The Efficacy of Ultraviolet Rays for Sterilizing Surgical Instruments
High Tech High School Dr. Nina Lavlinskaia Can Marinades Reduce Carcinogens in Grilled Chicken?
High Tech High School Dr. Nina Lavlinskaia The use of UV light on microorganisms
High Tech High School Dr. Nina Lavlinskaia Inhibition of Bacterial Growth by Different Wavelength of Visible Light
High Tech High School Dr. Nina Lavlinskaia The Effects of Electromagnetic Radiation on Living Cell Activity
High Tech High School Dr. Nina Lavlinskaia Measuring Knee Tension Using a Mechanical Model
High Tech High School Dr. Nina Lavlinskaia Will different chemicals slow the corrosion rate of metals in the presence of Sulfuric acid?
High Tech High School Dr. Nina Lavlinskaia The Effect of Different Time Exposures of Microorganisms to UV Light
High Tech High School Dr. Nina Lavlinskaia Designing the Ideal Microchannel Pattern for Micromixing in a Microfluidic Device
Brentwood High School Dr. Rebecca Grella Phenotypic and Genotypic differences within and among populaition of the American Birch Betula papyrifera infected with the fungus Piptoporus betulinus
Brentwood High School Dr. Rebecca Grella The Reduction of Head Injuries with the usage of a Patten
Brentwood High School Dr. Rebecca Grella Using Lemna minor to make Biodegradable Plastic
Brentwood High School Dr. Rebecca Grella What effect does alpha Lipoic acid have on the development rate of the sea anemone Nematostella Vectensis?
Brentwood High School Dr. Rebecca Grella The Effects of Acid Precipitation on the Regenerative Process of Nematostella vectensis
Brentwood High School Dr. Rebecca Grella Characteristic Properties of Chemically Treated Fused Deposition Free Form Structures using Poly Lactic Acid reinforced with Carbon Fiber
Bergen County Academies Dr. Robert Pergolizzi Nanoparticle-mediated Gene Delivery via Balloon Angioplasty to Suppress Intimal Hyperplasia
Bergen County Academies Dr. Robert Pergolizzi Measuring Arterial Blood Flow
Bergen County Academies Dr. Robert Pergolizzi Effect of Curcumin on Gold Nanoparticle Induced Changes in Glioblastoma In Vitro
Bergen County Academies Dr. Robert Pergolizzi The effect of 3D scaffolding on induced pluripotent scaffolding
Middlesex County Academy Enzo Paterno Autonomous Following Intravenous Apparatus (AFIVA)
Morristown High School Erin Colfax “Vermicomposting: The evaluation of Eisenia fetida as composters of municipal waste”
Morristown High School Erin Colfax “Chlorophyll infused sunscreen: an organic formulation to protect against UV radiation”
Morristown High School Erin Colfax Calorie counting app feedback: Impact on the female teenage psyche
McNair Academic High School Maria Osoria Could the flammability of paint be reduced?
McNair Academic High School Maria Osoria From food to gas: Biogas
McNair Academic High School Maria Osoria Does cocoa powder increase the longevity of Drosophila melanogaster?
McNair Academic High School Maria Osoria The Effects of Biochar and Bacteria on Nitrogen Cycling
McNair Academic High School Maria Osoria The effect of microwave radiation on different organisms.
McNair Academic High School Maria Osoria The Effect of Matrix Polymerization on the Antioxidant Properties of Curcumin
McNair Academic High School Maria Osoria Can you do the Can Can?
McNair Academic High School Maria Osoria Effects of Electromagnetic Radiation on Plants
Bayonne High School Marie Aloia Magnetic Hover Craft
Bayonne High School Marie Aloia DragonFly Hover Craft
Bayonne High School Marie Aloia Synthesis of the Ligand 4,4′-[Bis-5,5'-(8-Hydroxyquinoline)] Biphenyl to Create Metal Organic Framework Structures.
Bayonne High School Marie Aloia non invasive glucose monitor
Bergen County Technical High School Melissa Robin Antibacterial Studies of Pomegranate Peels
McNair Academic High School Michael Chin Phantom Limb Illusion
Middlesex County Academy Michael Ricketts Testing the Effects of Silver Nanoparticles and UV Light on E. coli Bacteria
High Technology High School Michael T. Roche Design and Development of an Affordable Prototype for Conditioning Air in Third World Dwellings
High Technology High School Michael T. Roche The Effect of Different Windowfarm Designs on the Growth of Thai Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
High Technology High School Michael T. Roche The Effect of Lamp Type on Moth Attraction
High Technology High School Michael T. Roche The Effect of Day Length on the Circadian Period of the Common Bean Plant (P. vulgaris)
Bergen County Technical High School Reitu Agrawal Stevia… an antibiotic or a probiotic?
Brentwood High School Robert Lofaro What are the Effects of UV-B radiation on the Nitrate absorption of Lemna minor?
Brentwood High School Robert Lofaro The Effects of Titanium Dioxide Nano-Particles on the Nitrate Absorption of the Aquatic Plant Lemna minor.
North Plainfield High School Sarah O’Donnell Crayfish Choice Response to Agonistic Male Conditioned Water
North Plainfield High School Sarah O’Donnell The Effect of Invasive Japanese Knotweed on an Urban Stream
North Plainfield High School Sarah O’Donnell Body Image and Self-Esteem in Older Adults
North Plainfield High School Sarah O’Donnell Effects of UV Radiation on Benthic Communities of an Urban Stream
Woodbridge High School Tina Clarke Generation Y’s Dependency on Modern Technology
Woodbridge High School Tina Clarke Citric acid to be used as a barrier to repel arachnids
Woodbridge High School Tina Clarke Student Perceptions on Hard or Easy Tasks
Woodbridge High School Tina Clarke The Effects of a Cardamom and Clove Mixture on Downy Mildew Growth in Basil
Woodbridge High School Tina Clarke Elbow Rehabilitation Using a Brain-Machine Interface
Woodbridge High School Tina Clarke Shock Absorbent Insoles For Steppers
Woodbridge High School Tina Clarke Pure Lemon Oil Decreases the Amount of Bacteria Harbored in Jars of Emollient
Woodbridge High School Tina Clarke Comparing SPF in sunscreen to SPF in makeup which is more effect
Woodbridge High School Tina Clarke The Effects of Hyaluronic Acid on the Pigmentation of Brine Shrimp
Woodbridge High School Tina Clarke The Effects of Caffeine Coupled with Commercial Energy Drinks in the Cellular Morphology of Plant Cells
Woodbridge High School Tina Clarke The Effect of Zinc Oxide in a Solar Cell
iSchool High STEM Yaritza Ortiz-Carillo No Hail!
iSchool High STEM Yaritza Ortiz-Carillo Heat From Water
iSchool High STEM Yaritza Ortiz-Carillo BPHG
iSchool High STEM Yaritza Ortiz-Carillo Solar Battery Pack

The Young Science Achievers Program offers grants of up to $500 per project for projects with two or more students in the project. (A project submitted by one student is limited to a total funding of $250 )Our mission to help further motivate students in the pursuit of careers and fields of study in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and to support teachers in this process. This year we are using Google Docs to help manage the submission and updating of YSAP projects.   A new submission form will be available by November 25, 2013.

YSAP serves public and private high schools (grades 9 through 12) throughout  New Jersey and New York City, the Dallas Forth Worth Metroplex, and greater Chicago area We have partnered with the Center for STEM Research and Education at the University of Texas, Dallas and the University of Illinois at Chicago.  The program is open to all students but targets young women of any ethnicity and males of African American, Hispanic, or Native American descent.  A goal of this program is to increase the number of participants from under-represented groups in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

In addition to the support of high school teachers, students are eligible to receive mentorship support by professionals from academic and industrial research institutions. This year, we are very pleased to announce volunteers from the following partner organizations: AT&T, AT&T Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, the MIRTHE Center at Princeton University, C-SER at the University of Texas at Dallas, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Students, teachers, and mentors work during the course of the school year designing and conducting STEM research projects from a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math fields including invention projects aimed a solving a particular problem.

  • The winning projects will be awarded a cash prize.

  • YSAP students are eligible to compete for a paid summer internship at a local college or University.

  • Projects selected will have up to a budget of $500 for materials and supplies

  • Students will get an opportunity to meet real scientists and engineers and learn first hand about future career.

  • Future job and college admissions applications will stand out having this program and STEM research a part of your experience.

Please visit to our Program Locations Page to see what is going on near you !

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