Summit senior’s research will be presented at state science meeting

Summit student in school science lab

Summit Country Day School senior Noor Amir will present her independent research on water quality at the Ohio Academy of Science in April. Behind her is some of the equipment she used in the Science Research Institute laboratory.

Independent research on water quality conducted by Summit Country Day School senior Noor Amir, Mason, will be presented at the annual Ohio Academy of Science (OAS) meeting.

Noor’s research is entitled “Comparing Three Methods for the Best Assessment of Water Quality and Macroinvertebrate Diversity.” Noor has been mentored in her research over the past year by Jessica Replogle, Ph.D., head of The Summit’s Science Research Institute.

Noor’s abstract was accepted as a poster presentation at the OAS meeting scheduled for April 13 at Columbus State Community College where Ohio’s scientists, engineers, educators, graduate, undergraduate and pre-college students discuss recent developments in science and technology. Her abstract was peer-reviewed and will be published in the annual Program Abstracts for the Ohio Journal of Science. The journal has a global circulation among researchers.

Noor is known for her tenacity and meticulous preparation by Summit faculty and this project tested her determination. “As typical of science, there have been frustrations and failures, but Noor persisted,” said Dr. Replogle. “Using a combination of water quality tests, bioindicator monitoring and DNA barcoding, she established a baseline knowledge of macroinvertebrate diversity and its seasonal variation at a local, reclaimed lake that will contribute to the conservation of this area.”

She was one of 20 students from Greater Cincinnati selected for the TAP Healthcare program in 2018. At The Summit, she is a member of the Student Senate, National Honor Society and the Director’s List. She collaborated withthe University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute to launch a chapter of Bearcats Against Cancer at The Summit and now serves as club leader. She has served on the Youth Board for the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati and through her mosque has tutored Syrian refugee students.