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science-symposiumMilton’s fourth annual Science Symposium showcased advanced science students and their DYO (Design Your Own) experiments in the Pritzker Science Center. For students enrolled in advanced biology, chemistry, physics and environmental science, discussing independent projects that they’ve pursued over the last several weeks is their culminating work.

Faculty members invited Stephanie Gavell (I) and Neil Chandra (I) to be the Symposium’s keynote speakers. Stephanie and Neil framed the event by sharing their experiences of doing science at Milton.

Students work as individual investigators, in pairs, or in a team of three. The scientists developed posters describing their work, and talked with faculty, friends and parents about their process and outcomes. Within the four discipline areas, student projects were wide ranging. Examples include:

  • Justin Kennedy and Jaspar Liang: “Investigating the Effect of Zinc Oxide Concentration on UV Blocking: Does SPF Really Matter?”
  • Titilayo Odedele: “Introducing RNA interference in C. eglans (temporary inactivation of the dpy-13 gene)”
  • Gwynne Leavitt & Claire Hernon: “Soils of Neponset Estuary Salt Marsh: A Study of Classification Soil Moisture and Infiltration Rate”
  • Julia Grace and Alex Mann: “Cementing our future: examing the effect of CO2 concentration over setting cement on CO2 absorption”

View photos by Maggie Bland ’14.