Congratulations to Juan Guiterrez, Dev Patel, Miramda Viscaino, and Xavier Jauregui for winning multiple awards at the annual Jersey City Medical Center/RWJBarnabas Health STEM Showcase!

The students' research projects scored in the top 10 percentile and brought home gold and special awards:

Juan Guiterrez: Gold Winner and United States Air Force Award
Miramda Viscaino: Samuel and Minnie Narushinsky Memorial Award + $100 
Dev Patel: NASA Earth System Science Award
Xavier Jauregui: United States Air Force Award

Dr. Krista Welz was their Independent Scientific Research Honors instructor. In order to compete at the annual STEM Showcase, students must be enrolled in the class. The students are challenged to complete original and independent scientific research that is characteristic of graduate college-level courses. Students first conduct a literature review of their interest. Then, they develop a research proposal, generate a statement of the problem, goals, research questions and hypotheses, collaborate with content-area experts, create prototypes of their research solution, design surveys and interview questions, collect and analyze data, and finally present their original research at the Jersey City Medical Center/RWJBarnabas Health STEM Showcase. Students work toward the completion of an extensive scholarly research paper and oral defense. This course places great emphasis on rigorous academic reading, writing, designing, and presenting. 

For more information on taking this class, contact Dr. Jared Keshishian (Director of Science) at [email protected]
View the students' research projects here. (Public access is restricted. Sign in with your school Google account)
Photo 1: Winners (l. to r.)
Dev Patel,
Xavier Jauregui,
Juan Gutierrez and
Miramda Viscaino
Photo 2: 
Dr. Jared Keshishian, Mr. Robert Onoz, Miramda Viscaino, Xavier Jauregui, Dr. Krista Welz, Juan Gutierrez, and Dev Patel

Photo 3: After awards were given, students and parents enjoyed a quick show in the Jennifer Chalsty Planitarium in the Liberty Science Center