Science Research

Virtual Rondout Valley High School - Science Research Symposium 2020

Welcome to the annual Rondout Valley High School Science Research Symposium.

Unfortunately, due to the current health care crisis, this year’s symposium must be presented virtually.

Please view the following research presentations and enjoy the truly outstanding work of this year’s Science Research Students.


Senior Zoom Research Presentations & Posters

Grace Barnum Presentation
Grace Barnum Poster

Annika Berlin Presentation
Annika Berlin Poster

Jennifer Callan Presentation
Jennifer Callan Poster

Lara Goldstein Presentation
Lara Goldstein Poster

Katherine Hardy Presentation
Katherine Hardy Poster

Brianna Kruchowy Presentation
Brianna Kruchowy Poster



Junior Research Posters

Shaye Iacabaccio Poster

Aenea Neghassi Poster

Kendall Owens Poster

Dahlia Rosen Poster

Matthew Waruch Poster

Violet Wogan Poster


Sophomore Research Posters

Una Flynn Poster

Makayla Penny Poster

Katherine Reynolds Poster


Science Research Students Excel
The Rondout Valley Science Research program had another extraordinary year despite the difficult situation that developed this spring. The program continued to offer our students unparalleled opportunities to develop knowledge and master skills at levels far beyond their years which will undoubtedly pave the way for success and prepare them to take the lead in solving the complex issues facing our planet and society.


Our success began this year when Anni Berlin, a senior in the Rondout Valley High School Science Research program, was invited to present the findings of her work examining the role of Val/Met brain derived neurotrophic factor single nucleotide polymorphism in Alzheimer’s disease at the 2019 Society for Neuroscience conference in Chicago. This annual event is the premier venue for neuroscientists to present emerging science, learn from experts, forge collaborations with peers, explore new tools and technologies, and advance careers. Anni was the only high school student to receive an invitation to this world renowned scientific symposium, and the research professionals to whom she presented her work were truly astonished when they discovered that she was a high school student and not a graduate student working on her Ph.D.. 


Then, just prior to the onset of the pandemic, our seniors competed against the top science students from across the northeast at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) sub-regionals in Saratoga. They presented their PowerPoint talks, collected more awards than all but one other school district, and Grace Barnum went on to present her winning talk at the JSHS regional semi finals where she earned recognition for her work. 


Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Sub-regional

Grace Barnum - First Place in General Biology 

Anni Berlin - Third Place in Biomedical Sciences

Jen Callan - Third Place in Biochemistry 

Katie Hardy - Third Place in Environmental Science 


Finally, our seniors demonstrated their collective uncompromising drive to succeed as they competed in the Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair (GCRSEF) in the midst of the pandemic. Several weeks before the competition after schools had been closed, they each rose to the challenge of competing in a virtual format, worked tirelessly in isolation to adapt their presentations, and won three prestigious awards. 


Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair 

Annika Berlin - National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) Science Research Award 

Jennifer Callan - Stockholm Junior Water Prize 

Katherine Hardy - Stockholm Junior Water Prize


Congratulations to these students who have achieved great success in this program, despite recent difficult circumstances.