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WANTED: science professionals to mentor science research students

on November 17, 2017

Do you work in a scientific field? Would you like to share your love of science and expertise to inspire and mentor science students? Yes, and yes? Then we would like to hear from you, today! WVHS students in the Science Research course need you.   

“One of the most challenging and unpredictable elements of the Science Research course for our students is finding mentors. Students pursue their own interests and become experts in their topic of choice. It’s quite remarkable how much a passionate and motivated student can achieve,” said WVHS science teacher Lisa Reece. “However, it is very difficult to find scientists or professors willing to mentor a high school student.”

Teacher L. Reece with studentsResearch topics where mentors are needed: 

  • Effect of music on the brain
  • Animal therapy benefits on humans
  • Application of 3D printing
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Carbon and its impact on biogeochemical cycling
  • Using toxins as therapeutic treatments of cancer

About the course…

Beginning in sophomore year, the three-year Science Research course offers highly motivated  science students the opportunity to immerse themselves in authentic scientific research. In their first year, they delve into extensive reading of scientific journals on leading-edge research to identify the topic they wish to pursue. Before beginning their junior year, students must secure a mentor. In their final year, they complete their research, prepare to present their findings to a variety of audiences, and submit their final projects.

How to get involved…

If you have science expertise and are willing to share it with one of our students, please contact Mary Murphy in Guidance at 845-987-3000, ext. 12616 or

To learn more about the Science Research program, or to help connect a student to a science research mentor, please contact Lisa Reece at










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