DYC chemistry professor, student guide Lewiston-Porter High School students to success at international science competition
David Stewart, PhD, assistant professor and Lauren Lubecki, a senior chemistry major, helped students with advanced chemistry equipment and theory.
Buffalo, New York – January 6, 2016 – David Stewart, PhD a D’Youville college assistant professor of chemistry and Lauren Lubecki, a senior chemistry major at the college, worked with a team of three Lewiston-Porter High School students on a research project for the International Students Science Fair (ISSF) and were awarded a $2700 grant from the D’Youville Research Committee to continue their study.
Their special project was to determine if zebra mussels exposed to different concentration levels of lead ion will exhibit different levels of lead ion retention in tissue and shell over a six-week period.
The International Students Science Fair is an annual event coordinated by a global collective of special science secondary schools who collaborate for the benefit of their students and promote the importance of science and Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) education in their countries and internationally.
In December, the high school students and their supervising Lewiston-Porter teachers, Michelle Hinchliffe and Colleen Glor, traveled to Melbourne, Australia to compete in the week-long event. Only three schools from the U.S. were invited to attend.
“The presentation the team from Lewiston-Porter gave was incredibly well received and their oral presentation was awarded second place in the overall competition,” the Lewiston- Porter teachers said. “The school has proven itself to be a top contender within the ranks of these very distinguished school participating.”
The schools within the network recognize that high quality education and innovation in STEM holds an important key to the successful and sustainable future of our planet, Dr. Stewart noted. “International collaboration will provide a platform which will enable all of our students to work toward this goal.”
Lewiston-Porter has been participating in the Fair since 2011 and their consistent high quality performance qualified them as an associate member in the ISSN.
“I am very proud to be able to help these students with the advanced chemistry equipment and theory they needed to study this issue that is both locally relevant and poorly understood,” Dr. Stewart said. “These students have far surpassed my expectations in the lab and excelled at translating the details of their work to a wider audience.”
David Stewart, PhD
Assistant Professor, Chemistry