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PMSA Hosts 2nd Annual Research Symposium

On May 18, 2009, the Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy hosted its 2nd Annual Research Symposium where over 300 students presented their findings in academic research conducted with over fifty mentors and community partners from across the West Suburbs and the City of Chicago.

“The partnerships we’ve brought in through our research program allows our students to explore topics in their areas of interest with a mentor in that professional field,” said PMSA Principal Ed Moyer. “I am extremely proud of our junior and senior students for their commitment to scholarship and research.”

The students showcased their research in the cafeteria and halls of PMSA. Research was conducted over a one year period. Topics ranged from the response regulators in E. coli, cardiac arrest, domestic violence, the impact of cosmic rays, and the impact reading has on early childhood education. Students mentored at top institutions such as DePaul School of Law, Loyola University Medical Lab, and Fermilab.

PMSA Seniors Ashley Alicea and George Castro conducted their research with Lindop School District 92 in Broadview. Their task was to research learning patterns and reading skills in elementary education.

“Our experience and research at Lindop was amazing,” said Castro. “Through our research, we actually had an opportunity to work with young students and identify learning gaps. Then we developed methods to help improve their reading skills.”

The students presented their findings during the symposium. They were supported by three of their mentors from Lindop. Lindop mentored four students from PMSA.

“This was absolutely fantastic,” said Lindop Mentor and Reading Specialist Filomena Maione. “During their research and mentorship these students worked to further their education as educators. They worked extremely hard and represented PMSA with the greatest of excellence.”

Students said the experiences gained from their mentorship program are invaluable. Principal Ed Moyer congratulated the students on taking the first step on their journey to academic excellence. He says PMSA will continue to expand research partnerships in the future.

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