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Science research students

L to R: Kristin Nadareski, Veda Sripada and Nafisul Ghani.

Three students in Columbia’s Science Research Program will be presenting their work at the Science Festival of the Capital Region at the Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) in Schenectady on November 9 and 10. The event, which is free and open to the public, will showcase STEM in New York’s Capital and Tech Valley Region.

Columbia is the only high school to have students presenting research at this event.

The Science Research Program pairs students with professors at local universities to research a specific topic. As sophomores, students collect information on potential research topics, they read journal articles and select a college professor as their mentor. During junior and senior year, students work with the faculty mentor, they conduct experiments and collect data with the hopes of publishing their scholarly work.


Student Subject Research Site
Nafisul Ghani “The effect of classical music on anxiety levels in high school chemistry students” Russell Sage College
Kristin Nadareski “Effects of albumin protein surface charge on calcium oxalate crystallization” Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Veda Sripada “The effect of dietary staples on the regulation of obesity genes” Albany Medical College