Schreiber student research corner


Jack Lawrence

Jaime Levin critiques Ava Fasciano’s research paper. The research program facilitates peer editing and collaboration.

Lily Labella, Staff Writer

Schreiber is well known for its academic excellence, which is very reflective in the three research classes it offers.  Only thirty students from each grade are accepted into the selective math, science, or social science research programs, with ten students in each.  These students represent Schreiber in various research competitions. Over the summer prior to senior year, students must also conduct their own research with a mentor for submission to the Regeneron Science Talent Search in November.

Social science research spans many disciplines, with some opting for more psychology, economics, or even history-focused projects. 

For senior Megan Day, this year will be the climax of all of the work she has put into social science research thus far.  Over the course of the past two years, Day has explored the implications of school safety technology.  This past summer she worked with Professor Matthew Cuellar from Yeshiva University, who helped her gather information about this subject and interpret the data.

“This final paper is the culmination of my past years of research and I hope to present a strong final project,” said Day.

You might be curious as to how one researches math, but the opportunities in this subject are endless.  From computer science to statistics, the idea is to go beyond the subject’s computational aspects. 

“You’re diving into something that you’re passionate about, and interested in, and you’re using things you learned in math just to answer these questions,” said math research student senior Maya Leong.

Math has an added layer unlike science and social science research given its exceptional Mathletes team, where five representatives exhibit their math skills in a test taking format.  This is similar to how Math Olympiad works. 

Senior Ben Goldstein has also made exemplary progress in science research, beginning in his sophomore year with his study of Alzheimer’s in drosophila flies and the effectiveness of certain medications. 

Goldstein spent this past summer working with a neurological oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, developing a mouse model of glioblastoma, a kind of tumorous brain cancer. 

Goldstein values the large variety of topics students can explore through science research and has seen first-hand his classmates excel in biologic, medical, and environmental studies.

All of the seniors in Schreiber’s research program agree that the program was instrumental to their high school career.  This is because the program isn’t necessarily only about writing papers, but also about truly exploring a topic and expanding one’s knowledge about history and the world today. 

Besides demonstrating exceptional time management skills, you must also think outside the box when choosing what topics or issues to research.

“Don’t feel constrained by what other kids have done in the past,” said Goldstein. 

Although it is evident that Schreiber’s research program is quite exceptional, even if students are not accepted, there are still plenty of other opportunities built into various classes to write research papers.

It is important to note that above all else, this group of students value the camaraderie of their classmates.  The small class size allows for a sophisticated gathering of minds as well as a fun, close-knit circle of friends. 

Goldstein found that the healthy competition fostered by the small class size was key to his and his peers’ success. 

“You really build these special bonds in this class since there’s not many opportunities in high school when you get to be in such a small classroom,” said Leong.

These Schreiber research seniors have been involved in a diverse variety of projects for eventual submission to the Regeneron competition. Their work is extremely impressive and their accomplishments bring the school much pride.