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Students Get Hands-on Research Experience

Seven Stoneleigh-Burnham School students have been accepted into the ASPIRE program in the Polymer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The program gives high school students in grades 10-12 who are interested in science, technology, and engineering experience doing hands-on experiments in laboratories.

Stoneleigh-Burnham students accepted into the ASPIRE program are:
Nana Liu ’18
Carol Huang ’18
Grace Grover ’18
Lillian Ying ’18
Joanna Zhang 18
Coco Zhao ’17
Clara Richardson-Omamo ’18

UMass graduate students will guide high school students in the program through the experience of research in a science and engineering lab. ASPIRE participants will get hands-on experience in a science and engineering lab, do experiments in polymer chemistry, physics, and engineering, learn about electron microscopes and 3D printers, and plan and run their own one-day independent project.

ASPIRE is designed to engage high school students in a longer time commitment for introducing lab and some classroom experience in polymer science. This unique program offers an opportunity to get a real-life experience to be in a research career.

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