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Lina Colucci of Lexington High School won the poster contest for her innovative pointe shoes.
Lina Colucci of Lexington High School won the poster contest for her innovative pointe shoes.

College of Engineering hosts Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

    High school students from throughout the region gathered on campus earlier this month to present the results of their original scientific research at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, hosted by the College of Engineering.
    The regional event, hosted by ENG for the second consecutive year, provides high school students with the opportunity to do original research in the sciences, mathematics and engineering, and present their results to an audience of other students, high school teachers and professional scientists.
    High school students from throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island were invited to submit their original scientific research projects for consideration. Ten students were selected to give oral presentations and 13 other students produced posters. The top three oral presenters – respectively, Rachel Greenberg of the Winsor School, Matthew Pickart  and Paul Heslinga, both of Falmouth Academy – were awarded JSHS scholarships. Greenberg and Pickart were invited to present their research at the national JSHS event in in Huntsville, Ala. in May.
    Six of the posters were awarded prizes or honorable mentions, led by Lina Colucci of Lexington High School, whose poster focused on the development of innovative pointe shoes for ballet.
    Also during the day-long event, the students heard remarks from Assoc. Prof. Xin Zhang (MFG) and from Air Force Major Michael Noyola, who discussed how his interest in science and engineering led him to work the nation’s space program.

Rachel Greeberg of the Winsor School accepted the first place trophy for oral presentations from Assoc. Prof. Xin Zhang (MFG).
Rachel Greeberg of the Winsor School accepted the first place trophy for oral presentations from Assoc. Prof. Xin Zhang (MFG).

Air Force Maj. Michael Noyola (left) shares a laugh with Undergraduate Programs Associate Director Ruth Jean and Assistant Dean Richard Lally following Noyola's keynote address at the symposium. He explained to the students how his interest in science and engineering led to his work in the nation's space program.
Air Force Maj. Michael Noyola (left) shares a laugh with Undergraduate Programs Associate Director Ruth Jean and Assistant Dean Richard Lally following Noyola's keynote address at the symposium. He explained to the students how his interest in science and engineering led to his work in the nation's space program.