Jun 29

Admissions Timeline for 2016 Published

The timeline for the 2016 MST admissions has been set and published. For a detailed overview of the admissions process, please visit the Admissions Portal:

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Jun 05

College Readiness Resources

A few resources from our esteemed counselor, Mrs. Liebe:

For even more resources, visit Mrs. Liebe’s Counseling Page on the MST Website.

Jun 04

Imagine This 2015!

Over the weekend the CHS MST Magnet program traveled to Pullman, WA., to participate in the annual Imagine Tomorrow competition hosted by Washington State University (WSU).  According to the host, “Imagine Tomorrow challenges 9th through 12th graders to seek new ways to support the transition to alternative energy sources. Students research complex topics related to renewable energy, then innovate technologies, designs, or plans to mobilize behavior. They forge connections in their communities and create positive change. In this energy competition, as in life, solutions are limited only by imagination. ”

Our students performed very well, demonstrating effective communication and depth of knowledge on their topics as they discussed their project work with industry judges and experts in their fields.  Standing out in this year’s competition was a sophomore group of boys who earned the distinction of “Most Inspirational” project, awarded for the spirit they demonstrated in overcoming challenges they encountered in the course of their research as they converted a lawnmower to run on ethanol and biofuel (A Mower Sustainable Future).  For this honor, the team composed of sophomores Jeff Fadlovich, Adam Jensen, Thomas Kuzis, and Anish Prasad took home $100 dollars each, not to mention earning $500 dollars for the program that will be put back into future project study. Well done, Magnetos!

 

May 27

Mentors Needed for GeoGirls Mt. St. Helens Program

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Magnetos, see below for a cool opportunity to be a mentor (and get paid) for the new Mt. St. Helens GeoGirls camp this summer in August. Build that résumé and make a difference mentoring young ladies into science:

“We are seeking your help in finding applicants to fill four high-school age mentor positions for the upcoming GeoGirls program at Mount St. Helens volcano this summer. Mentors will gain leadership experience through working closely with middle school age participants and will also interact with scientists from a range of career levels and outreach specialists. This is a great opportunity to make connections and learn firsthand what a career in the natural sciences is all about.

Who: Applicants must be female, graduating from 10th to 12th grade, and have an interest in science.
When: The mentors will attend the entire GeoGirls field camp from Aug 3-7th, and
How much: Mentors will also receive a $150 honorarium.
How to apply: Applications are available online here, under the High School Mentor section. Applications are due June 10, 2015 by 5:00 pm. One teacher must complete a teacher recommendation form.

More information is available on the GeoGirls website or by contacting Abi Groskopf, Science Education Director at agroskopf@mshinstitute.org.”

May 22

Greene to be Published in Journal of Neuroscience

The Magnet class of 2015 is intent on squeezing every last bit of potential out of their senior year.  We learned just today that Magnet senior Rachel Greene, who worked in an internship this year at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), will receive a co-author credit in the July, 2015 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience for her work exploring the effects of exercise as treatment in a mouse model of Parkinson’s Disease.

According to Ms. Greene, “Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenetive disorder caused by a dopamine deficiency in the substantia nigra that affects an estimated four to six million worldwide. The most prevalent symptoms of PD include tremors, rigidity, freezing of gait, and some mental health issues such as depression. Since there is no cure for PD, researchers are continually looking for possible methods to stop the progression of the disease. My experiment is focused on exercise as one such method. Using a mouse model of PD, I analyzed a number of PD and exercise-related proteins, namely tyrosine hydroxylase, in the brain using western blotting and immunohistochemistry procedures. However, I did not find data suggesting that exercise is an effective method to alter the progression of the disease.” You can read the first page of the soon-to-be-published article here:  Intervention with Exercise

Greene joins three other Class of 2015 MST Magnet students who, based on their internship work, have been published in major journals this year.  She plans on attending Northwestern next fall and studying biological sciences with an emphasis on neurobiology.

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