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Seniors Present Independent Research
Seniors Present Independent Research

On Thursday, May 23, BC hosted the annual Senior Scholars and Science Research & Design programs, featuring 24 seniors presenting the findings of years of rigorous independent research in the sciences and humanities.

The Senior Scholars program prepares 12th graders to be responsible researchers, inquisitive citizens, and dynamic writers. This selective and demanding program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing serious scholarly work in the humanities. This year, nine seniors presented on a range of topics including gun control, the limitations on free speech, and the changing model of women in politics.

In the highly selective, three-year Science Research & Design program, 10th-12th grade students conduct original scientific research and become experts in a field of study, writing their own essential questions and gaining a deep understanding of the dynamic, evolving nature of science. The goal of the program is for students to experience scientific research as scientists do. This year, 15 seniors presented their independent projects on topics ranging from the effectiveness of wind turbines, academic dishonesty, and educational robotics.

Senior Scholars:

  • Kylie C.S. '19 - Questioning "Diversity": Reparative Integration During the 1960s-70s and the Burden of Integration
  • June M. '19 - Guns and Gridlock: How To Foster Productive Conversations About Gun Control
  • Hannah S. '19 - Conspiracy Theories: An Investigation into the Limitations on Free Speech
  • Victoria S. '19 - Agriculture: The Hidden Thread Shared By Systems of Oppression
  • Gaia B. '19 - Babalz and Baleboste: Censorship, Law Enforcement, and Gender Inequality in Brooklyn's Hasidic Communities
  • Sara A.M. '19 - Pearls, Pantsuits and Now What? The Changing Model of The Woman Politician
  • Lisette M. '19 - Stereotypes and Water Rights: How the Stereotype of the Ecological Indian Has Enabled Indigenous Communities to Win Water Regulation Rights
  • Natalie S. '19 - Women, Swept Under the Rug: Insidious Sexism In Mental Health Treatment
  • Maija F. '19 - Bikini Blonde or Else: How the Male Gaze has Controlled the Image of the "Surfer-Girl"

Science Research & Design:

  • Isabel B. '19 - Cognitive Bias of Teacher Suitability Between Male and Female Teachers
  • Eve B. '19 - The Impact of Stress on the Likelihood and Composition of Mycorrhizal Network Formation
  • Maxwell B. '19 - Comparing the Efficiency of Vertical and Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines
  • Savannah D. '19 - Testing the Claims of Fast Food Chains Using PCR and Sequencing Methods
  • Maddie E. '19 - Academic Dishonesty at Berkeley Carroll
  • Noah F. '19 - The Effect of Attack Ads on Political Campaigns
  • Eugenie H. '19 - Shoaling Preferences of Wildtype Zebrafish Trained to Associate with GFP Zebrafish
  • Matthew J. '19 - The Effect of Mindfulness on Problem Solving Ability in High School Students
  • Ella N. '19 - An Investigation of the Effects of Animal Presence on the Performance and Stress Levels of High School Students at Berkeley Carroll
  • Graham S. '19 - The Feasibility and Effectiveness of Educational Robotics: Comparing the Swedish Teaching Abilities of a Robot and Human
  • Zach T. '19 - Conscious and Subconscious Future Self Continuity in High School Students
  • Alayna T. '19 - Race Matching Between Teachers and Students: Who Do Teachers Treat Differently?
  • Diego T. '19 - Effects of Pore Space on the Structural Integrity of Concrete
  • Charlie W. '19 - Daily Fantasy Sports and the Stock Market: An Investigation Into the Deception of Online Advice
  • Brendan Z. '19 - Testing Alternative Presentations of Word Lists with the DRM Paradigm