April 15, 2020-- Tomorrow, April 16, High School North senior authentic science research (ASR) student Crystal Pan will compete at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. Crystal will be one of 10 students representing New Jersey at the national level.
Crystal's journey started locally. Annually, more than 100 students submit research papers to the Jersey Shore Juniors Science Symposium (JSJSS) at Ocean County College. Dr. Mary-Ellen Rada is the Director of the JSJSS at OCC, which hosts one of two NJ regional competitions that feed to the national level. The other Regional is the Rutgers JSHS directed by Jean Patrick Antoine. The Junior Science & Humanities Symposium is designed to challenge and engage high school students in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. The best of the best advance to nationals.
This year’s competition was set to be in Norfolk, VA but is now virtual because of COVID-19. Crystal is the third district ASR student to make it to nationals since the program’s inception in 2005. The previous TRRS students were Jacob Kupferberg in 2013 and Nicolette Carbonetto in 2017.
Crystal will be competing in the poster competition with her project titled “Development of Polymer Composites Reinforced with Recycled Carbon Fibers." She conducted her research at a Rutgers University lab at as a part of a larger team project during NJ Governor’s School.
Crystal's research team was chosen to present their findings at MIT’s IEEE conference last October, and Crystal herself has been accepted to attend Cornell, MIT, Princeton, and Yale. We wish her the best of luck tomorrow!