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PMSA to Host 3rd Annual Research Symposium

On May 17, 2010, Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will host its 3rd Annual Research Symposium where each student will present data and analysis from their year-long research projects along with their research mentors.

All PMSA students participate in research from freshman to senior year. During the final two years of the flagship program, students venture out into a variety of career fields and partner with professionals to conduct research on topics of interest. Mentorship fields include: science, education, medicine, health, pop-culture, and government operations. The students research and study with their mentors for a full school year in preparation for PMSA’s Research Symposium.

“Research and inquiry are central tenets of work at the academy,” said PMSA Principal Ed Moyer. “During the final two years at PMSA, students have opportunities to work with scientists, doctors, artists, professors and other professionals to engage in meaningful, real-world efforts. It is important that our students become more comfortable and skilled with research and that they have opportunities to research in their fields of choice.”

Dr. Alan Wolfe, of Loyola is one of the many dedicated mentors in the program.

“This program is amazing. Year after year students come to study at the lab. Students get hands on experience to find out what science is all about. It’s very different than what it is taught in the classroom. Here, we don’t know the answers. It’s a path of discovery. When we don’t get the answers we want, we change direction. Through this program, students learn the value of research. They experience the excitement, frustration, and joy of hard work.”

Students look forward to the symposium, as a culmination of a full year of intense study and research.  The Research Symposium will take place on May 17, 2010 at PMSA from 9:15 am until 6:30 pm. The PTHS Board will host the mentors, greet, and thank them, for being outstanding community partners in this educational endeavor.

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