Institute For Scientific Research
Sea has launched a specialized program for its students focused on scientific research. The program is led by Dr. Sara Guariglia and Dr. Christopher Ferrante, both of whom hold Ph. D’s in their respective fields, and is taught in a newly constructed research facility on Sea’s campus.
Students will enter the Institute during their sophomore year and will be eligible to stay in the program until graduation. During their sophomore and junior years, students will work under scientist faculty mentors to perform a research project that can be presented at the New York Science and Engineering Fair during their senior year. Students will be working to conduct forward genetic screens to identify genetic determinants which are critical for normal development. They will also work to identify environmental exposures which may contribute to developmental disorders, such as autism, and to find which neurodevelopmental processes are affected by such exposures.
The research that the students will undertake has potential to yield important data regarding genetic and environmental influences on development, thus providing them with the opportunity to publish their work and share their findings with the global scientific community.
Our I.S.R. Lab featured equipment that rivals that of a collegiaite campus. We are one of the only high schools in the country to have a confocal microscope.
Students in the I.S.R. Program have the ability to get their findings published in medical journals, and many students have. This opportunity is one that is diffucult to procure even on the collegiate level, let alone high school.
I.S.R. students present their findings at conferences such as the New York Science and Engineering Fair among others, putting their work on a national playing field.