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Author: Frank LaBanca, Ed.D.


Author: Frank LaBanca, Ed.D.



Author: Frank LaBanca, Ed.D.

Science evolves, research evolves, your projects have changed.

Post an abstract for our program book.  Be sure to edit and ensure good grammar and spelling


Author: Frank LaBanca, Ed.D.

Who are you as a student and a scientist? 

Post a biography here for our symposium program book. Please note: I will NOT correct spelling errors – be sure to edit your work.
Samples below:

Alex Albritton is a junior at Newtown High School. His passions in life are science reading and swimming. Alex’s favorite subject in science is biology and he is especially interested in viruses. He is currently working of a project involving bacteriophages. His love of reading is what actually led him to his interest in biology and viruses. He became interested in viruses when he read an extremely interesting book called the Hot Zone by Richard Preston. This book painted a very real and terrifying image about some of the most dangerous viruses in the world. Alex also enjoys swimming and is on the Newton High Schools boy’s swim team.

Maricate Conlon is a junior at Newtown High School. She joined the applied science research course to further her interests in environmental and biological sciences. She competitively swims year-round and is a part of the girls’ varsity swim team. She is also involved in clubs at school; she is a member of the Guidance Honors Association and is her student class council secretary. In the future, she plans to pursue a degree in biological or environmental areas of study.

Drew Taylor is a junior at Newtown High School. He plays on the varsity soccer and golf team. He works at Rock Ridge Country Club as well as Southington Mountain as a snowboard instructor. He took Applied Science research to further his interests in ecology and the Long Island Sound. Drew is also Vice President of student council and a member of SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions. He is presently looking to apply to the Air Force Academy, where he wants to become a pilot.

Ivan Virovets is a sophomore at NHS. He joined Applied Research class due to his interest in physical and biological sciences, which started many years ago, at least the physical part, when he discovered plans for a tesla coil on the Internet and built one. From then on he loved high voltage, and then with the high school science program, also developed an interest in microbiology.

A wordle of your introduction

Author: Frank LaBanca, Ed.D.

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Copy and paste the text from your introduction and create a Wordle.  Print the Wordle to a PDF file and upload it to the Moodle.  Also print a hard copy to display in class. 

In 100-200 proofed, succinct words, summarize what the Wordle has to tell you about your introduction.  Post that response here by Friday, January 8.

Midterm Abstracts

Author: Frank LaBanca, Ed.D.

Please post your abstract of your research here for your classmates to view and analyze in preparation for the MidTerm Oral Exam.

The abstract should be succinct, proofed, and between 200-300 words. Post your abstract here so other students may read it to prepare questions for your oral exam on January 22nd.Your exam grade will be based on:

 1.) your written abstract
2.) your responses to student questions
3.) questions you ask other students

Use the following links and samples to assist in producing a high-quality abstract.

 Writing an abstract. Click here

 Practical Tips for Science Writing. Click here


Author: Frank LaBanca, Ed.D.

chunk1One of the challenges of conducting research is identifying the “chunks” of information that a very large topic can be broken into.  For your research, identify the “big idea,” and list 4-5 (more or less) subtopics that support the “big idea.”  Provide 1 or 2 sentences to describe/support each subtopic.


Author: Frank LaBanca, Ed.D.

motivation-circle1One of the greatest challenges with conducting independent research is maintaining appropriate motivation.  You HAVE to be self-directed and independent.  What factors make you a motivated individual, capable of success?  Take the Motivational DNA test, get the results and report back here in 100-200 proofed succinct words.  Feel free to include text from the test, which do NOT count as part of the word count.


Author: Frank LaBanca, Ed.D.


Demonstration of learning

Author: Frank LaBanca, Ed.D.

In 500-750 proofed words, demonstrate that you have learned this year.  How has your learning been different from other classes?  What will you take with you from your research experience that is valuable and transferable?