Friday, November 8, 2013

MERHS Graduate Published in Scientific Journal!

      Congratulations to MERHS graduate Loyd Waites!    

      His research article, Measurement of X-Ray Flux Emissions Using CHANDRASupports the Existence of a Supermassive Black Hole in the Andromeda Galaxy, was recently published in October 2013 issue of the Journal of Experimental Secondary Science.  This article is the research that he did during his ASR (Authentic Science Research) internship last summer at Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, with Dr. Michael Garcia.  JESS is a professionally reviewed academic journal which exclusively publishes original research articles written by high school students. Submissions are reviewed by college professors and research scientists, who are chosen based on their expertise in the area of science that each article addresses. Their mission is to teach students to write articles in the academically accepted format, promote student research, improve science literacy, and publish the most exceptional articles.  Loyd is am currently a Freshman at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is performing research on plasma physics and astrobiology.  Read more in About the Author.

      What is ASR? Authentic Science Research is a program offered at the high school that gives students the opportunity to learn about and experience scientific research in both the classroom and in the real world. The class is offered to Juniors and Seniors and can be taken for either one or two years.  Juniors and seniors can enroll in Authentic Scientific Research 1, which teaches students the basic of scientific research. Students may choose to participate in a summer internship at one of the many research institutions in the area. If they elect to do this, they will spend a portion of their class time finding the internship.  Authentic Science Research 2 is offered to seniors who completed a summer internship during the summer after their junior year. Students who take this class write papers, make posters, and give presentations about the research they did over the summer.  Both classes are taught at the honors level.