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The Science Research Program at Heschel

The Science Research Initiative at the school began six years ago.  The program has quickly grown from three students to eighteen. This program is a three-year course beginning the summer before a student’s sophomore year.  Students elect to participate in the class at the end of their freshman year.  During the summer between their freshman and sophomore years, students choose a general topic in science that interests them, find ten articles (magazine and newspaper) related to their topic, and summarize them.

Over the course of sophomore year, students narrow down their topic, understand the science content related to their topic, and find lab placements and mentors for the summer. During the summer between their sophomore and junior year, students must dedicate five-to-seven weeks to work in a lab under the guidance of a mentor to complete a project which they will submit to the New York City Science and Engineering Fair during their junior year among various other science competitions.

In the students' junior year, they continue to elaborate on their topic ans commit five-to-seven weeks during the summer following their junior year to work with their mentor on their project.

During their senior year, students again participate in the New York City Science and Engineering Fair and have the option of submitting their project to the Intel Science Competition.

Students choose to participate in this program.  Although students are not required to have a specific GPA to enter the program, they must have a passion for science and be willing to make a significant time commitment during the summers following Grade 10 and Grade 11. In addition, students must demonstrate maturity and commitment toward their project.

Science Symposiums (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Lab Placements

Bronx VA, Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, NYU, NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology), Mt. Sinai Hospital, Albert Einstein Medical Center, New York Eye & Ear Institute, Downstate Medical Center, and NIH (National Institute of Health)


  • YES semi-finalist ($1000 college scholarship);
  • NYCSEF Finals Round
  • 2 YES semi-finalists ($1000 college scholarship);
  • 4 JSHS semi-finalists;
  • 1 second-place winner in JSHS-Physics;
  • 6 NYCSEF Finals Round
    • First Place in Engineering,
    • Second Place in Microbiology,
    • Third Place Award in Physics,
    • 2 Yale Science and Engineering Association Award ,
    • US Air Force Award,
    • US Army Award


  • 1 INTEL semi-finalist;
  • 7 JSHS semi-finalists;
  • 1 First Award in the JSHS Semi-finalists (1st place in mathematics and computer science);
  • 6 NYCSEF Finals Round




  • 2 JSHS semi-finalists;
  • 2nd place Engineering winner
  • 3rd place Biology winner
  • 6 NYCSEF Finals Round
    • INTEL Excellence in Computer Science Award
    • Naval Research/US Navy and Engineering Association Award
    • 2 Frank W and Jane J Stahl Memorial Awards for Technical Excellence
    • Yale Science and Engineerings Association Award


Three students have co-authored published research. Another student's research will be submitted for publication.

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