Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy is known for its flagship mentorship program where students are partnered with professionals from various fields for a full year of research and study. At the end of each year, as a culmination of these studies, PMSA hosts a research symposium which brings mentors, students, and the community together.
“Our Research Symposium is truly a celebration of our students’ work efforts in inquiry-based learning, and establishing meaningful real-world connections,” said Interim PMSA Principal Dr. Frankiewicz. “During the Symposium, our students are able to proudly demonstrate their achievements to their peers, teachers, mentors, and our Board of Education. This program is a part of what makes the Proviso Math and Science Academy the type of high school that helps students develop to their fullest potential as exceptional students and research scholars.”
All PMSA students participate in research from freshman through 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. Students have an opportunity to explore numerous professional fields including: science, education, medicine, health, pop-culture, and government operations. This year Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy’s 4th Annual Research Symposium is May 16, 2011. Students and their research mentors will come together to present data and analysis from their year-long research projects.
Dr. Alan Wolfe of Loyola is one of the many dedicated mentors in the program.
“This program is amazing,” he said. “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 is taught in the classroom. Here, we don’t know the answers. It’s a path of discovery. Through this program, students learn the value of research. They experience the excitement, frustration, and joy of hard work.”
The Research Symposium will take place on May 16, 2011 at PMSA from 9:15 am until 6:30 pm. It is open to the Proviso community.