Summit CDS seniors gain first-hand experience in area research labs

Summit student completes research as part of school's signature program

Senior Amir Johnson inside the University of Cincinnati chemistry laboratory where he worked as part of The Summit Country Day School’s signature Science Research Institute

Twelve seniors from The Summit Country Day School conducted research on medical and scientific topics this summer including: congenital heart defects, rare earth element extraction, risk stratification for predicting Crohn's Disease, vision training for sports-related concussion patients, regional air quality and others. 

The internships, offered through Science Research Institute, allow Summit students to spend six to eight weeks working with local scientists and clinicians in area laboratories. Part of a four-unit course of study, the internships give Summit graduates an advantage in their applications to college. 

Altogether, 64 students have completed the program. Now in its seventh year, 13 juniors will begin their coursework while 12 seniors are finishing this year and will present their research at the Science Research Institute Colloquium on Jan. 29.  

“Reports from our young alumni indicate that their high school research gave them a competitive advantage into college science research projects,” said Jessica Replogle, Ph.D., Indian Hill, who heads the institute. “Many of our alumni have joined science laboratories and clinical research groups where they continue to use the skills they learned here.” 

Students blog about their experiences as part of the final course, Science Research IV: Scientific Communications.  

Student researchers, their projects and their mentors are: 

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