The Science Research in High School Program at Holy Names is a unique opportunity for students to experience the rigor and rewards of real scientific research while still in high school. The three-year sequence of courses is designed to provide students with an understanding of research methods in the sciences. Students choose a topic of interest and construct an original experiment using a mentor of their choice to assist with their research. Mentors can be working scientists from the private or public sector, or college professors from local colleges and universities. As each year of the program is successfully completed, students earn one elective credit toward graduation. Up to twelve (12) College credits may also be earned from the State University at Albany.
Science Research students compete against other area high school students at the annual Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair, where more than 100 students present their research to a panel of judges over the course of two days. At the March 2021 fair, Holy Names was well represented by the following students and their impressive projects. Science teacher Andrew Licari is the Science Research Program teacher/advisor.
Senior Gabriela McSwienney won the Regional Ricoh Sustainable Development Award for her research project, A 9 Tiny House Community Utilizing Solar Photovoltaic Panels to Power Utilities and Electric Vehicle. This award recognizes projects that demonstrate outstanding efforts in addressing issues of environmental responsibility and sustainable development.
Seniors Ramza Ryan and Andrea Thomas won the Albany Molecular Research Inc: Passion for Scientific Endeavors Award for their research project, The Use of Motor System Technology and Myoelectricity in a Cost-Efficient Manner to Enhance Upper Extremity Prosthesis. This award goes to individual(s) who demonstrate a passion for scientific discovery and excellence as exemplified in the area(s) of chemistry, materials, environmental or medicinal applications.
Senior Megan Rai won the Office of Naval Research award for research project, The Role of C19MC in Neurodevelopment of Infants.