Our Research Programs
Who are we?
The Delbarton Science Fair is organized and run by the Research Club.
Founded in 2018 and primarily student run, the Delbarton Research in Science Club began as a small initiative to promote scientific interest within our school community. Since then it has expanded to become a community of science and one of Delbarton’s largest and most active clubs. Through research projects, externships, field trips, speakers, and so much more, the Delbarton Research in Science Club aims to provide opportunities for students to experience and participate in science research first hand.
Here’s just a snippet of what we’ve done so far in 2020!
Our Favorite Science Meme Monday Submissions!
Year in Review
Randolph High School
Randolph High School encourages student research through a variety of opportunities. Students in the Science National Honor Society investigate a phenomenon over the spring semester and share their findings in an interactive presentation at the annual Science Fair. This year, some investigations include growing sustainable produce in an aquaponics system, evaluating the efficiency of brand-name water filtration systems, and analyzing the sanitation of various school surfaces by measuring bacterial growth. Many of our students also volunteer in hospitals or laboratories outside of their academic responsibilites.
Additionally, the Randolph High School AP Capstone Research class encompasses many talented students conducting original research on a variety of topics. With seventeen students in total, five students have chosen topics specifically related to the STEM field. Their research includes conducting a cost-benefit analysis of the efficacy of utilizing 3D bioprinting to use an individual’s own tissue to regenerate a damaged liver, conducting research on an individual school district’s ability to influence the recycling habits of students through imagery and advertisement, conducting research to incorporate more practical sustainability in the fashion industry by designing and 3D-printing original buttons using filament made from plastic water bottles, conducting research on how stress could impact the dreams of high school students, and analyzing current laws regarding minor medical consent to determine if it is ethical and appropriate for children under the age of eighteen to be able to make their own decisions to receive vaccines. Under ordinary conditions, these students would prepare for an oral defense of their research.
The Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES) is a specialized math and science focused school of the Ocean County Vocational Technical School. Our mission is to develop critical thinking and communication skills in our student body. As a result, we encourage independent and project-based research throughout. Our freshmen research program, required for all freshmen, facilitates the critical thinking process and allows them to expand on independent research skills early in their high school careers. In our science courses, instructors provide weekly field experiment/observations and investigations which also promote problem-based learning as well as developing organization and lab skills.
We encourage students to continue with independent and team research projects. At least one-third of the student-body is involved in research that is presented outside of school at local science venues and/or professional organizations. Students are encouraged to develop novel research experiments while using sound scientific principles, and the scientific method. We emphasize application based approaches to research to foster critical thinking and group learning. Presentations are used to enhance interpersonal communication skills and professional presentation skills.
Dr. Ronald McNair HS
Science Research at MAHS is a Block 9 class or after school class that students from grades 9-12 takes. Science Research is a one, two or three and at times four year program, which starts as an Introduction to Science Research, then either continue their project the following year or find alternative topics. The program is for academically prepared and committed students who have an interest in doing independent study in science. Students work at their own pace on projects of individual interest under the guidance and supervision of a science teacher and, in some cases, a college professor. Throughout the research, students are expected to present their work at science fairs, symposia and conferences.
Princeton High School
The Research Program at Princeton High School is a 3-year experience, for sophomores through seniors, that allows students to build science research skills, develop scientific writing and presentation skills, design and conduct research, attend local science symposia, visit research facilities, and submit to local fairs and competitions. The first year involves acquisition of general research skills, including: reading and critiquing scientific literature, collecting and analyzing data, drawing and presenting conclusions through written papers, and writing literature reviews and grant proposals. Students develop these skills to allow for the creation of their own research projects, to be carried out in the successive years of the program. Years 2 and 3 of the program are dedicated to carrying out and analyzing individual experiments, as well as preparing data for presentation to the greater scientific community and beyond.
Jose MartI STEM Academy
Jose Marti STEM Academy, a 9-12 school , is part of the Union City Public School system. Opened in a September of 2019 , Jose Marti is one of the first predominantly Hispanic pubic STEM schools in the state of New Jersey . We have a number of ways for our students to participate in the research experience throughout their high school years. We offer a scientific research class to our students during the school year as well as a robust summer experience through the ACS SEED program and our own innovative Summer Research Program. To help our students showcase their work, our students participate in numerous competitions during the school year including JSHS and the ISEF regional competition.
Ridge High School
As the founders and co-presidents of Ridge High School’s Research Club, James Zhang and Angelina Xu strive to inspire peers with their research experiences to expose other high schoolers to the process of scientific inquiry and fully expand the domain of secondary science education with the help of Vice President Justin Hong. Angelina has sequenced DNA through bioinformatics and published her findings to the NCBI Database and researched the contributions of amyloid plaques to Alzheimer’s disease, and James learned the application of machine learning and computational linguistics by researching alongside a PhD student at NJIT. To ensure that students will be better equipped for scientific research and collaboration at the global-scale in the future, they have established a liaison with Dr. Gershman at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab and toured the lab, where they witnessed the lab’s project in converting fusion energy into a renewable source of energy. Further, they foster an environment where students can simulate creating their own research reports by finding data on a topic they find interesting and present their findings to the rest of the club members. In doing so, Angelina and James aspire to rouse peers through the lab’s creativity and endless ambition and create the next generation of leaders in the innovation of sciences and technology.
The Peddie School
The Peddie STEM-EXP program is designed to help students develop their passion for the STEM field and to encourage them to consider an eventual career in a STEM-related area. STEM-EXP students go beyond the textbook to develop the intellectual curiosity and personal courage that come from working in a research lab, become an“expert” in a specific area and enjoy the confidence that comes with such knowledge. Starting in their junior year, students enroll in a course that introduces them to scientific literature, lab expectations and common laboratory techniques. With help from Peddie faculty, they apply for summer internships in professional laboratories and research facilities all over the world. A minimum of six weeks is spent in a lab, working alongside graduate students and post-docs, on topics ranging from neuroscience to astrophysics. In the fall of their senior year, our students present their research to the entire Peddie community in a poster session, and act as peer mentors to new students in the program. We are proud of our many graduates who are currently pursuing PhDs and MDs all over the world!
Holmdel High School
Millburn High School
Toms River High School North
Toms River High School South
Toms River Intermediate North
Toms River Intermediate East
Pascack Valley High School
The Pingry School
South Jersey Sudbury School
Chatham High School
East Brunswick High School
Union County Magnet High School