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Methods of Science Research Honors

Program Overview


During the three-year course sequence, students become immersed in a particular area of science. They learn to read peer-reviewed articles, create literature reviews, and present articles. Ultimately, the students will search for a mentor in a college or organization that will guide them through original summer experimental research. The summer research takes place in the summers between sophomore/junior and junior/senior years. Throughout the process, the students keep a lab journal and a portfolio of their work. The end of each year culminates in a symposium where the students present their work.

We follow the SUNY Albany Research in the High School program.

Materials for the course are available to students through Google Classroom.

-The Science Research Application is located in Google Classroom. Please email me if you are interested in applying and would like access to the application.

Congratulations to Science Research students senior Will Kaminksi, junior Tamar Peleg, and junior Rhea Rhagu.
As part of their Science Research work two earned international recognitions and one is now a published author! They each represented Tenafly High School amazingly!
-Will and his US team were Global Finalists and won Honorable Mention amongst the Global Finalists, in the NASA E. O. Hackathon.
Their team name is Simple Animation.
For more information please see the link below.

-Tamar was one of seventeen international teams (including adult computer scientists) to progress to phase 2 of the Women in Data Science competition. For more information please see the link:

-Rhea is now a published author together with her mentor and other scientists, in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences. Please note Tenafly High School is written as the institution of Rhea.
Her paper is attached below.

Congratulations to you all and thank you for representing Tenafly High School in the international arena!!! *******

Please click below to view our 9th Science Research Symposium:

9th Annual Science Research Symposium-June 2021

Science Research Program Awards 2020-21

Regeneron STS Scholars 2021:

Kosei Dohi

Michael Wong

Noam Yakar

Regeneron ISEF 2021

Hannah Park - 3rd Place - Category Award

Nokia Bell Labs North Jersey Regional Science Fair Awards 2021

ISEF Grand Prize:

Hannah Park

Advances to 2021 Regeneron ISEF virtual competition as an ISEF Finalist:

Hannah Park Immunohistochemical Analysis Suggests a Role for Tmem131 in Thymic Epithelial Cell Differentiation

NJIT Academic Fellowship First Alternate for 4-year fellowship at NJIT:

William Kaminski Performing Bell State Measurements on Two-Qubit States Using Machine Learning NJIT Academic Fellowship

1st Place Category Awards:

Hannah Park (Animal Sciences): Immunohistochemical Analysis Suggests a Role for Tmem131 in Thymic Epithelial Cell Differentiation

Zoe N. Zachko (Chemistry): Comparing Cs2AgBiBr6, Cs2SbCuI6, and KBaTeBiO6 for Use in Photovoltaic Cells

Kathy Zhang (Engineering): A Low-cost Autonomous Quadropod that Measures Basic Soil Quality Values in Real Time for Early Preventions of Soil Pollution

Honorable Mention:

William Kaminski (Computer Science)

Geoscience Award Certificate of achievement:

Kathy Zhang

Human Genetics Award, 1st Place:

Hannah Park

IEEE Young Engineer Award:

Kathy Zhang

Journal of Emerging Investigators, a journal published at Harvard University:

Hannah Park

Zoe N. Zachko

Kathy Zhang

Material Science Award Certificate of Achievement:

Zoe N. Zachko

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium -Rutgers- 2021

Will Kaminski-Oral Finalist-Top 5

Kosei Dohi- 2nd Place Physical Sciences- Poster

  National Association of Academies of Science- American Junior Academies of Science 2021

Christine Kim

Edward Kim

Shasha Liu

Julia Smolyak

New Jersey Academy of Science 2021

1st Place Hannah Park- Cell and Molecular Biology

1st Place Kathy Zhang- Engineering

1st Place Ethan Chia and Jonathan Levy- Ecology

3rd Place Harrison Banks and Rhea Rhagu-Ecology

3rd Place Kosei Dohi- Physics

3rd Place Zoe Zacko- Biochemistry

Women in Data Science-Stanford University 2021

Tamar Peleg- Progressed to Phase 2- Awaiting results

Our Science Research Symposium this year is Virtual, due to the extraordinary circumstances.

It can be accessed at the link below and it includes videos of all the student research presentations, abstracts, etc!

Congratulations to all our students! 

Link to Symposium: 8th Science Research Symposium (Virtual) May 2020.

Awards 2019-2020

Regeneron STS Scholar:

Joo-Un Lee

Nokia Bell Labs North Jersey Regional Science Fair Awards List 2020

Regeneron ISEF Grand Prize:

Noam Yakar

An Autonomous Drone for Water Conservation and Irrigation Location Optimization

Elliot Park

Biological mechanisms of stress response and the risk of Alzheimer's disease

Category Awards:

First Place Category Awards

Biomedical Engineering and Bioinformatics:

Elliot Park

Biological mechanisms of stress response and the risk of Alzheimer's disease

Edward Kim

Incorporating Kinesthetic Illusion with Force-Sensitive Device to Aid Hand Grasp During Space Travel

Lindsey Jung

Strategy for Identifying Potential Cannabinoid Type 1 Receptor (CB1) Ligands Virtual Screenings Using a Structure- Based Pharmacophore Model


William Chi

Reversible Plating and Stripping with Electrospun fiber-functionalized current collectors for anode-free lithium batteries


Noam Yakar

An Autonomous Drone for Water Conservation and Irrigation Location Optimization

Second Place Category Awards

Biomedical Engineering and Bioinformatics:

Ethan Park

The Comparison of Scaffold Designs for Bone Regeneration Tissue Engineering

Third Place Category Awards

Biomedical Science:

Julia N Smolyak

Effect of nutritional intervention on placental ability to regulate inflammation

Special Awards

Biophysics Award by the Biophysical Society: Elliot Park

Cancer Research Award by the American Association for Cancer Research: Lindsey Jung

Chemistry Special Award by the North Jersey Section of the American Chemical Society

American Association for Cancer Research Third Place: William Chi

Computing Awards by the Association for Computing Machinery First Place: Kosei Dohi

David S. Young Memorial Award: Noam Yakar

IEEE NJ Young Engineer Award: Noam Yakar

In Vitro Biology Award by the Society for In Vitro Biology: Julia N Smolyak

Journal of Emerging Investigators Awards: Elliot Park, Edward Kim, William Chi, Noam Yakar

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Pulse of the Planet Award: Subin (Emily) Kwen

Ricoh Sustainable Development Award: William Chi

Yale Science and Engineering Awards: Kose Dohi

NJIT CPCP Academy College Courses Scholarship

First Alternate:

William Kaminski

Classifying Video Packets on an OpenWRT Router Using a Machine Learning Algorithm

NJIT Academic Fellowship First Alternate: Kosei Dohi

Physics-Guided Deep Learning Algorithms for the Classification, Simulation, and Detection of Jet Images

NJIT Academic Fellowship Winners:

Michael Wong

Algorithmically Optimizing Methods for Measuring Visual Contrast Sensitivity and Predicting Onset of Visual Diseases

Noam Yakar

An Autonomous Drone for Water Conservation and Irrigation Location Optimization

 Awesome news from our Science Research at Nokia Bell Labs NJRSF, May 9th and 10th 2018: 

ISEF Image

INTEL ISEF Symposium Trip Winner:
-JooUn Lee, won the highest award
 in Nokia Bell Labs NJRSF (the first time in the history of our THS research program) and will be presenting at INTEL ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) in May, which takes place this year in Pittsburgh, PA. There he will present his research and will be competing for awards including $74,000.00 top in category award!!! The title of his research is "Detection of Ovarian Cancer Biomarkers using a Carbon Nanotube-Based Sensor". Information can be seen at

 INTEL ISEF Symposium Finalists: 
Ethan Park and Subin (Emily) Kwen 

Category Awards:

-Animal Science and Physiology 
Second place Lucas Goldman
Third place Angela Youn

Biomedical Engineering
Second Place Joo Un Lee.

Chemistry and Material Science
Honorable Mention Kaitlyn Sue YehIsabelle Heewon Kang

Honorable.Mention Justin Wong

Environmental Science
First Place Ethan Park, Subin (Emily) Kwen


Air Force Awards
-Kaitlyn Sue Yeh, Isabelle Heewon Kang, Justin Wong

ASU Walton Sustainability Awards

Biophysics Award
-Matt Dreyer

Cancer Research Awards
-Second Place Joo Un Lee

Geoscience Awards
-Ethan ParkSubin (Emily) Kwen, Yuri Han

American Physiological Society Award 
-Angela Youn

Rutgers Student Awards
-Daniel Lee, Lauren Kim, Eva Buergler, Alexandra Whitney Nelson, Kaitlyn Sue Yeh, Isabelle Heewon Kang, Justin Wong, Matt Dreyer, Yuri Han

Statistics Awards
-Second Place Award Noah Vardy
-Statistics Third Place Award Yuri Han

Yale Science and Engineering Awards
-Zachary Lyandres

Rutgers JSHS March 2018
1st Place Engineering Paper: Justin Wong
5th Place Oral Presenter: Jessica Dai

Zero Robotics Competition Semifinalists!!!!!!


Rutgers JSHS Awards- Congrats!
Excellence in Robotics 1st place: Jack Hyslop

Excellence in Engineering and Technology 1st Place: Jack Hyslop

ARDEC award for oral presenters: Jack Hyslop

Poster presenters: Kaitlyn Espiritu and Kengo Kuwama

Ocean County JSHS 2016-17
Congrats to Emma Zhou for being accepted as a banquet presenter!:

Nokia Bell Labs North Jersey Regional Science Fair Awards March 2017:
1st Place Award: Engineering (top 22 out of 140 projects) Justin Wong
2nd Place Awards:
Behavioral Sciences: Nicholas H. Cohen
Chemistry and Material Science: Ahri Han
Engineering: JackHenry Hyslop
3rd Place Awards:
Animal Sciences: UnBi Kim
Biomedical Science: Lauren Kim
Environmental Science: Katherine N. Sung
Microbiology: Zemei(Emma) Zhou
Honorable Mention Award:
Bioinformatics: Kaitlyn Ann Espiritu
Karen Kranz Memorial Award: EmilyPress
NJIT Academic Fellowship- First Alternate for 4-year fellowship at NJIT: JustinWong
Air Force Award: Jack Henry Hyslop
Noah Vardy
North Jersey Section of the American Chemical Society Chemistry Award: Ahri Han
David S. Young Memorial Award (Physics and/or E
lectrical engineering): Jack Henry Hyslop
Geoscience Awards- The Association for Women Geoscientists:
Katherine N. Sung
Innovation Awards: Ahri Han
The American Meteorological Society Meteorology Award : KatherineN. Sung
The US Metric Association Metric Award: Noah Vardy
Mu Alpha Theta Awards Mathematics Honor Society:
Zachary Lyandres
Naval Science Award: Zachary Lyandres
Ricoh Sustainable Development Award: Jack Henry Hyslop
Rutgers Student Award: Kaitlyn Ann Espiritu
Bryant Lee
The NJ Chapter of the American Statistics Association:
Statistics 2nd Place Award: Vivian Kim Tenafly High School
Statistics 3rd Place Award : NicholasH Cohen Tenafly High School
Stockholm Junior Water Prizes : Ahri Han,
Katherine N. Sung
Congrats to Kaitlyn Espiritu for presenting at the American Junior Academy of Science in Boston!

Congrats to Jack Hyslop
Congrats to Jack Hyslop for being named a Semifinalist in the prestigious Regeneron STS (Formerly known as INTEL STS). This is the first time a Science Research student from Tenafly HS earned this recognition!!! Congratulations!!!

Congrats to Kaitlyn Espiritu
Congrats to Kaitlyn Espiritu for advancing to the National Academy of Sciences conference to take place in Boston. This is the first time a Science Research student from Tenafly High School has earned this recognition!


Congrats to Jack Hyslop for advancing to the Nationals for JSHS 2015-16
I am happy to report that Science Research student, junior Jack Hyslop, has advanced to the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium after winning 1st Place Poster presenter at the Northern New Jersey Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at Rutgers University. Jack also won Best in Robotics project in the same competition.
He completed his project as part of our Science Research class and was mentored by Dr. Yi Guo of Stevens Institute of Technology. At the Nationals he will compete with the top students advancing from the fifty states.
The title of his project is "Design and Construction of a Biologically Inspired Robotic Fish".


Kailtyn Espiritu was recognized with 1st place in Ecology, Environmental & Earth Science I by the New Jersey Academy of Science 2015-16Congratulations to Science Research student junior Kailtyn Espiritu for recently being recognized with 1st place in Ecology, Environmental & Earth Science I by the New Jersey Academy of Science. She presented an oral presentation of her science research project to the 2016 Junior Academy Research Presentation. She now has the opportunity to be recognized at the national level.



Bryant, Kengo and Daniel win 2nd Place Outstanding Poster at UBP Symposium 2015-16
Congratulations to Science Research students Bryant Lee (junior), Kengo Kuwama(junior) and Daniel Chung (sophomore) for achieving 2nd Place Outstanding Poster at the Urban Barcoding Project Symposium at Borough of Manhattan Community College in NYC. The title of their project was “Assessing the precision of lichens as index organisms of SO2 pollution”. They used Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), gel electrophoresis and other DNA barcoding techniques to answer their research question. Their poster along with those of other participants can be seen at:


Caroline Bucca publishes an article in Curious Science Writers 2015-16
Congratulations to senior Caroline Bucca who’s article was published in the Curious Science Writers website! The topic is “convergence insufficiency, a disease that causes affected people to see double images”. Here is the link:



2015 SIEMENS Semifinalists -Congratulations!!!
Congratulations to Science Research students, juniors Kaitlyn Espiritu and Bryant Lee! They are Semifinalists in the 2015 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, a nationwide competition! They are among 16 Semifinalists in the State of New Jersey. This is the first time that THS science research students have achieved this prestigious recognition.
The recognition is for their project titled "Assessment of Sulfur Dioxide Air Pollution in Central Park through DNA Barcoding of Key Indicator Lichen Specimens" that Kaitlyn Espiritu, Bryant Lee and teammate, junior Kangmin Shin performed as part of our Science Research course. Congratulations to all! They did original experimental research including performing DNA extractions, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), and electrophoresis followed by DNA sequencing to achieve their research aims. The experimental work was performed at Cold Spring Harbor Harlem DNA Lab in NYC. We also thank Dr. Antonia Florio of Harlem DNA Lab, and Ms. Carol Pastushok for their guidance.

Congrats for a great year 2014-15!!!!
Our class has done amazing work! Every student submitted research work to at least one competition.
Congrats to all!!! The following students of our class received awards from competitions including!
Natalie Garbowski, Semifinalist Young Naturalist, 3rd place Category NJRSF, Stockholm Water Prize
Jessica Schenkman, 2nd Place Category NJRSF, Geoscience Award, Women Geoscience Award
Caroline Bucca, 3rd place Cancer Research Award, NJRSF, Honorable Mention Cancer Research
Aly Hudson, Yale Award, Rutgers Student Choice Award NJRSF, Poster Finalist at MJSS
​Jack Hyslop and Gideon Abramowicz team, Finalists at NYU-TCS competition
Kang-Min Shin, Kaitlyn Espiritu, Bryant Lee, Meteorology Award, NJRSF

Congratulations Science Research 2013-14!!!!! This was the first participation of our Science Research students in the NJRSF
Great job at NJRSF INTEL ISEF!!!!
>> INTEL ISEF trip Alternate (2nd of two): Masaharu Ono
>> INTEL ISEF Symposium Finalist: Masaharu Ono
>> 1st Place Category, Cancer Research: Masaharu Ono
>> Honorable Mention Category, Physics: Christina Migliore
>> U.S. Office of Naval Research Award: Jiyoun (Jennifer) Ha
>> Innovation Award: Masaharu Ono
>> American Meteorological Society Award: Hayley Austin
>> Stockholm Junior Water Prize: Malcolm LeClair
>> Association for Women Geoscientists Award: Jessica Schenkman
>> Rutgers Student Award for Excellence: Jiyoun (Jennifer) Ha
>> Also, accepted and presenting at the event were Jenny Ni, Natalie Garbowski and Jonathan Roman and they received certificates of participation for their accomplishment.
2nd Annual Science Research Honors Symposium


Tenafly High School

2nd Annual Science Research Honors Symposium
Wednesday, May 21st 2014
Location: Tenafly High School Auditorium
Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Michael Tuts
Professor, Columbia University
US ATLAS Research Program Manager
Title: "The Discovery of the Higgs Boson:
Latest Results
from the ATLAS Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider"

Past Activities of AP Physics C and Science Research students
Students in AP Physics C and Science research Honors Recently participated in three enriching experiences:

a) November 27th-AP Physics C students and Science research students attend a field trip to Stryker Corporation where they attended presentations by engineers and scientists about the research and development of artificial orthopedic implants and they experienced first hand the manufacturing process of artificial knees and hips. 



b) November 13th- Professor Irina Sekerina of CUNY presented her research work on "Eye Tracking" to Science Research students.




 c) November 10th- Science Research and AP Physics students attend a lecture by Prof. Frederik Simons of Princeton University (Weighing the Earth from Spaceand Listening tro Earthquakes from With the Oceans) and Prof. Andrew Baker of Rutgers University (Dusty Galaxies and Putting the Physics in Astrophysics). Students also visited the observatory at BCC.




Important Documents

Science Research Program Overview

Science Research Program Overview

Articles About Higgs Boson