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Science & Engineering Symposium Set for May 15
Jade Liu

Baylor School’s Science & Engineering Symposium showcases students’ engineering, programming, and biological and interdisciplinary research at the Weeks Science building. The symposium aims to share students’ innovations with the community.

The event will take place on Wednesday, May 15, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Students have conducted their research during classes and after school periods throughout the year at two labs—a molecular biology lab and an engineering research lab. Featuring a scanning electron microscope, two 3-D printers, and two virtual reality build stations, the engineering lab hosts projects ranging from virtual reality application in concussion recovery by Katy Waddell ’20, Matthew O’Brien ’19, and Will Tippett ’20 to cube satellite investigations.

Dr. Mary Loveless, director of the engineering lab, expressed her satisfaction with the increasing participation of high school students doing undergraduate-level research. Lauren Hill ’20 has enjoyed a wealth of mentorship from Dr. Elizabeth Forrester and Dr. Dawn Richards since last October on “the HDAC Inhibitors in the Regulation of Metastatic Breast Cancer Cell Lines.” Olivia Bettis ’19 piloted the interdisciplinary research in quantifying bacterial cells’ display of fluorescence using a standard microscope and computing software.

The program has also invited judges from local research facilities and STEM enterprises to evaluate the student posters. The results will be announced after the symposium. To learn more about students’ research on display, please visit the symposium on May 15.

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