Science research students present and compete at state level


Science research students present and compete at state level

March 26, 2019
Three students holding event t-shirts.

Seniors Brian Reiber, Thomas Dunnigan, and Ava Ghobadian represented Warwick Valley High School at the Greater Capital Region Science & Engineering Fair.

Science research seniors Thomas Dunnigan, Ava Ghobadian, and Brian Reiber competed in the Greater Capital Region Science & Engineering Fair (GCRSEF) at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy on March 23. They brought home two achievement awards. 

GCRSEF is an affiliate of the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair and the STANYS Science Congress. Rensselaer has hosted and sponsored this event for 29 consecutive years.

“Science fairs provide an opportunity to recognize the achievements of talented science, mathematics and engineering students,” said science teacher Lisa Reece. “They get to showcase their original research projects, and it’s through original research that students can best understand the nature of science.”

GCRSEF Awardees

Student poses in front of his research display

Senior Thomas Dunnigan

Thomas Dunnigan was honored with the ASM Materials Education Foundation Award for the best materials in an engineering project.

“GCRSEF was a fantastic experience and opportunity to present the culmination of my three years of research, and interact with my peers from all around New York,” Thomas said.

Ava Ghobadian received the Price Chopper Golub Foundation Award for a project on good nutrition that promotes good health.

Student poses in front of her science research display

Senior Ava Ghobadian

“GCRSEF was a phenomenal experience,” Ava said. “It allowed us, young researchers, to explore our scientific curiosity and display our hard work through presentation and educated discussions.”

Networking opportunities

Participating students also enjoyed a tour of Rensselaer and benefited from the fair’s networking opportunities as they consider higher education and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

“GCRSEF gave me the opportunity to present my original research to leading members of my field, and allowed me to connect with my scientific peers from across the state,” Brian Reiber said.







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