Science Research Institute seniors present science research posters

Summit senior presents research

Summit Country Day School senior Hudson Nuss presents his research on monarch butterfly conservation at the Science Research Institute Colloquium.

During The Summit Country Day School’s Science Research Institute Colloquium in late January, 11 seniors shared their research findings on topics ranging from astrophysics to conservation to inorganic chemistry as well as a variety of medical concerns."

The colloquium is the capstone experience for the Institute and simulates the same kind of scientific conference in which they would participate in college or professional research careers. Students prepared research posters for the colloquium and answered impromptu questions about their work. They also gave scientific talks on their projects.

“Scientific conferences are a way to bring the scientific community together and provide opportunities to interact, says Jessica Replogle, Ph.D., head of the Institute. “Listening to talks, attending a poster session and engaging with other scientists at a conference is a great way to learn a wealth of information, share research findings, inspire your own work and expose you to different presentation styles. The energy and knowledge one gains when discussing the variety of projects is invaluable and an integral part of the scientific process.”

For some students, the colloquium was not the end of their research journey at The Summit.

•    Senior Hudson Nuss, Montgomery, who researched monarch butterfly conservation and assisted with the yearly larvae monitoring under the guidance of Olivia Espinoza at the Cincinnati Nature Center, will present his research poster at the Nature Center's Conservation Summit on April 29.  

•    Filippo Tosolini, Hyde Park, who studied data science with Olivier Parent, Ph.D. at UC., has submitted his research for publication to the National High School Journal of Science. 

•    Victoria Walton, Hyde Park, who assisted Dr. Lynne Wagoner at Mercy Health – The Heart Institute with a clinical cardiology study on the heart failure treatment Entresto, was invited to present an abstract poster presentation of her research into heart failure treatment at the American College of Cardiology's 68th Annual Scientific Session, March 16-18, in New Orleans.

This was The Institute’s the fifth colloquium, and 64 students have completed the program since it began.

“When I go to the colloquium each year, I come away amazed at the high level scientific research these students have done,” said Head of School Rich Wilson.  “Their work is so technical I don’t understand most of what they’re talking about.  What interested me this year was how accomplished these children are in other areas besides science.  One plays the harp at some of our Masses. One is an actor in our drama productions.  One worked for two years to help a UC student from Afghanistan, who hadn’t seen her parents in 10 years, obtain visas for the parents to come to the U.S..  One is from China, yet even though English is his second language, he has the second highest GPA in the senior class.  These are well rounded, “do it all” kids.  I’m proud of them and the guidance that our skilled and caring teachers provide them.” 

The Science Research Institute is a unique-to-Cincinnati program that places Summit high school students in authentic research laboratories with professional mentors. Students take three courses in science research and writing in which they become familiar with the equipment used in laboratories and learn how to research and write scientific papers.

Currently, 12 juniors have begun the coursework in preparation for their own research internships this summer in Cincinnati’s research community and mentors are being sought for their summer research experiences.

See a gallery of photos from the colloquium and learn about mentorship opportunities at www.summitcds.org/ScienceResearchInstitute.