Huntington is looking for mentors for its science research program participants

Volunteer Science Research Mentors Needed

Huntington is looking for mentors for its science research program participants

August 31, 2018

Huntington High School’s science research program is looking to maintain its forward momentum as it moves into the new school year. A public call has been issued for community residents with a scientific background to serve as volunteer mentors for research students developing projects for regional and national competitions.

Veteran science teacher Lori Kenny, who leads the research program has been working closely with department colleagues and with district officials to offer a comprehensive research experience to high school students. Mrs. Kenny will be joined this year by Dame Forbes, Debra Beck and Matthew Liguori, who will all be working with science research program participants.

“Through our science research program students will learn how to design and conduct an original research project,” states a program overview. “The course is structured so that students learn research methodologies through literature reviews and laboratory experiences. We offer an exemplary learning experience that enhances the student’s knowledge, skills, attitudes and values, which empowers them as contributing members of both our school community and our greater society.”

Teacher Lori Kenny leads Huntington High School's science research program.
Teacher Lori Kenny leads Huntington High School's
science research program.

Longtime science research program participant Aron Coraor finished sixth nationally in the Intel Science Talent Search finals in Washington, DC in 2014. It was the best showing ever in the competition for a Huntington High School student. Two years earlier, Mr. Coraor’s sister, Juliana became Huntington’s first Intel finalist since 1950. Mr. Coraor is now studying at Cornell University. Juliana Coraor went on to graduate from Yale University. She’s now in an elite combined MD/Ph.D. program at Harvard.

Dozens of Huntington students who worked on high level projects vied in regional competitions this past year. Mrs. Kenny hopes to continue the program’s momentum and overall success. As more students have made the commitment to engage in science research at the school and in local labs, the need for adult mentors has also grown.

Community residents possessing a science background (included all medical fields) who are interested in mentoring a research program student can contact Mrs. Kenny ([email protected]) for more information and to arrange a visit to meet with the research teachers and students. “Our intention is to match students and scientists with similar interests,” Mrs. Kenny said.

This year’s research students are expected to enter a challenging series of competitions. Mentors will play a key role in helping these teenagers reach their potential. “We’ve enjoyed a lot of community support over the years and it has benefitted our students,” Mrs. Kenny said. “We hope to continue that partnership during the 2018/18 school year.”