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Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2018 10:30 am

Student Profile: Mohammad Nasir studies at NYU for Engineering

As part of the STEM program in the Pre-Med Institute at Hillcrest High School in Jamaica, student Mohammad Nasir completed a full-time seven-week summer research program at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. The director of the Pre-Med Institute at Hillcrest High School arranged for Nasir to apply for the program. He was accepted after two interviews. The program at NYU is called ARISE or Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering.

The program includes college-level workshops, seminars, doing research, being mentored by a graduate or post-graduate student, working in an NYU faculty lab, learning scientific methods and ethics, data collection and analysis, research practices and lab safety. The students also learned presentation and public speaking and at the end of the program gave their research findings at the concluding colloquium to faculty, graduate students, peer ARISE participants, family members and friends. Forty five students took part in ARISE program.

Mohammad Nasir worked in the Hybrid Nanomaterials lab which works with compounds that combine inorganic and organic components to produce materials with unique electric and thermal properties. He sought to implement the materials into devices including LEDs, solar cells and x-ray machines. He was in Professor Ayaskanta Sahu’s laboratory. He worked with mentor Michael Scimeca. In Hillcrest HS he has been doing research in the hydroponics program. Mr. David Morrison is principal of Hillcrest High School.Stories and photos by Bob Harris.

Pre-Med Institute’s science research

Nelica Skobelsky, director of the Pre-Med Institute at Hillcrest HS, works with the High School Science Research Pathways Program which is designed to reinvigorate science research in the high schools. Skobelsky trained this summer to set up a research club, which will teach students to interpret science literature and be part of a research course that culminates in the involvement in the NYC Science & Research Fair and Research Symposium. Skobelsky is now teaching a STEM Research class, and networking with college professors so her students can do research in their labs.

Current activities at Hillcrest HS which are integrated into the new program are students doing research at York College, the hydroponics and aquaponics programs and the snnual Hillcrest science.

New UFT Teacher Center at HHS

Social Studies teacher Tiffany Hubbard is the site coordinator for a new UFT Teacher Center located in one of the stack rooms of the school library. Hubbard teaches Government and Economics part of the school day and spends the rest of her time operating the site. Hubbard works hard between her teaching duties and her work in the center. She feels that the staff likes to have a place where they can get together and collaborate. Part of her duties is to foster collaboration among the teachers so they can develop new ways to present materials to the students, create new curriculum,and to also go into the classrooms to show new teachers ways to teach their subjects or organize their room. Her work with the 240 staff members is peer to peer, so they don’t feel their are being judges or evaluated.

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