High School STEM Communicator Awards
Congratulations to the 2018 High School STEM Communicator Award Winners
Addison Gleekel & Melinda Samaratunga Breck School
Catherine Pirtle & Lana Trautman Breck School
Cole Maxwell Breck School
David Ahrens, Cas Roland & Christiana Wilke Breck School
Louise Kim & Spencer Yueh Breck School
Nathan Tank & Dylan Vincent Breck School
Rohan Patel Mayo High School
Samuel Aronson & Alex Cheng Breck School
Samuel Leville & Abigail Roh Breck School
Thomas Peterson & Kylie Spangler Breck School
2018 Honorable Mentions
Aaron Bae Breck School
Abhiraj Singh Wayzata High School
Abigail Smith Cloquet Senior High
Akash Nagapurkar Wayzata High School
Claire Taubman Cloquet Senior High
Emily Carr Breck School
Katelyn France Hinckley-Finlayson High School
Maya Czeneszew & Erica Illiarski Breck School
Morgan Smith & Jordin Weisz Cloquet Senior High
Siyuan Ma & Alex Anderson Breck School
In recent years, the gap in understanding between scientists and the public has become evident in highly polarized controversies such as climate change, stem cell research, and animal experimentation. There is a sense in our society that increasing the quality of discourse on these issues requires more than just increasing science skills among the general public; we also need to improve communication skills within the scientific community.
In 2013, MAS created a program focused on written communication skills among young scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians. The goal of these awards is to identify and encourage high school students who show exceptional potential in performing scientific and mathematical research, in communicating their research through writing, and in understanding the societal context of their research and results.
In 2018, the final year of the program, the Minnesota High School STEM Communicator Awards were made possible through the generous funding of the St. Jude Medical Foundation.
The Minnesota High School STEM Communicator Awards was a statewide competition. The selection process identified students having:
A substantive base of scientific knowledge exceeding usual high school science requirements,
A record of effective use of scientific methods to advance research in a chosen area of science or mathematics, with demonstrated skills of clear and concise data analysis,
An ability to think critically, to synthesize information, and to argue the merits of conclusions.
A record of personal growth as well as recognition of how their research has an impact upon others.
Entrants were expected to demonstrate a substantive knowledge of science, including class work in biology or environmental science, chemistry, and at least concurrent enrollment in physics. Mathematics scholars were required to be at an advanced level of coursework for their grade. Each applicant was expected to effectively use scientific methods to advance research in a chosen area of science and math. They also needed to show a context for their research and identify potential outcomes of that research. Additionally, applicants should have presented their research at their school or in another forum. Students were allowed to submit papers as teams of two.
Candidates submitted papers that explored a current issue relating to science, mathematics, technology and society, a transcript, and an assessment by the student’s educational advisor(s). MAS recruited scientists and educators of appropriate expertise and stature to evaluate the applicants in a manner consistent with the other competitions we currently coordinate. The top 10 papers were recognized with cash awards and medallions.
The original research papers submitted by the winners will be invited for publication here.