This Just In. . .

January 23, 2019 - Greeley's Chirag Kumar and Aditi Singh are now Finalists in this year's Regeneron Science Talent Search. They will join the other 38 finalists from around the country and take part in an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in March when each finalist will present their projects and compete for more than $1.8 million in prize money.

Three Regeneron Scholars, Board members and administrators.

Students lauded at the 1/23/19 Board of Education Meeting

Three Greeley seniors named Semifinalists in Regeneron's STS competition

Congratulations to Greeley Science Research students Chirag Kumar, Aditi Singh, and Anna Zhang!

Out of over 2,000 entries, they were among the 300 high schoolers from across the Country named a Semifinalist in this year's Regeneron Science Talent Search Competition.

"Regeneron congratulates this year's Science Talent Search scholars, who have applied deep curiosity and rigorous research skills to the important scientific questions of today," said Hala Mirza, senior vice president of corporate communications and citizenship at Regeneron.

Each semifinalist will receive $2,000, as will Horace Greeley High School. From the group of semifinalists, 40 will be announced as finalists by the end of January, and the finalists will receive a paid trip to Washington, D.C. in March to compete for $1.8 million in awards.

Q & A with the Semifinalists

"A Machine Learning Approach to Estimating the Error in Satellite Sea Surface Temperature Measurements."

How/why did you choose your research topic?
I've always been fascinated by our Earth and how it's such a complex system. Artificial intelligence has also always intrigued me and when I found a research topic that would let me combine them, I jumped at it!

Please explain your research in a few sentences. . .in layman's terms.
Sea Surface Temperature measurements are, according to NASA, the single most important indicator of climate change. Climate change models require global and repeated Sea Surface Temperature measurements and only sensors aboard satellites can provide this. However, these sensors make errors and if we don't quantify these errors, the Sea Surface Temperature measurements can't be used with confidence in climate change models. Machine learning is a promising technique where lots of data is fed into an algorithm that strives to gain a human-like intuition for that data. Since we have millions of Sea Surface Temperature measurements, my research investigates using a machine learning approach to create better estimates of those Sea Surface Temperature measurements.

What do you enjoy most about the Science Research class?
Greeley's Science Research program is a great opportunity to delve into something you are really passionate about. The teachers are very open to you doing research on anything and will try to learn about your topic. They're great at providing feedback. Also, the whole Science Research cohort is a strong group of friends and we all cheer and encourage each other on. I think the program's openness allowed me to thrive and enjoy the research experience of discovery and experimenting.

What else - clubs, organizations, teams, and activities - are you involved in at Greeley?
I play cello in Greeley's Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. I'm an exec. of Greeley's Science Olympiad Club and a captain on the varsity Swim Team.

Your plans for life after Greeley?
Attend college, explore many different fields of study, and see/experience the world!

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I'm not really sure! I definitely want to do something in science but I think it will take some more exploring to figure out exactly what.

"Descriptive and Normative Accounts of Color Localization Performance in Visual Short-Term Memory."

How/why did you choose your research topic?
When I was selecting a subject for science research, I became fascinated by how the human brain makes it possible for us to think, learn, remember, and be self-aware. These were some early curiosities that inspired my interest in neuroscience. Since I am also interested in computer science, I decided to follow the computational pathway of cognitive neuroscience, which allowed me to carry out a mathematical analysis of short-term memory, and integrate elements of biology and psychology into my research.  

Please explain your research in a few sentences. . .in layman's terms.
My research studies the limitations of visual short-term memory through statistical analysis and mathematical modeling of data from a psychophysical experiment, in which participants were tested on their memory recall ability. I use computational models to understand how people make decisions based on short-term memory, and how memory limitations manifest as reduced precision of recall. My goal is to eventually understand why these limits exist. These findings can be used in devising customized learning programs for students and treating brain disorders like Alzheimer’s.

What do you enjoy most about the Science Research class?
I love the free format of the Science Research class: it gives students the opportunity to align their research with their interests and connect their learning with the outside world. But, it is not just the work we do independently—I think what makes this course so special is that we are always learning about each other’s research. It’s very inspiring!

What else - clubs, organizations, teams, and activities - are you involved in at Greeley?
I am interested in writing and have tried to explore both journalism and creative writing. Currently, I am an editor-in-chief of The Greeley Tribune and Vice-President of the Creative Writing Club. I am also Co-President of the Computer Science Club.

Your plans for life after Greeley?
I am looking forward to college to further explore my interest in science and meet new people!

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I’m not exactly sure—I feel lucky to have found a field of study I am passionate about and I am curious to see where this journey will take me.

Anna ZhangAnna Zingh
"Design and Analysis of an Artificial Intelligence Based System for Real-Time Detection of Texting and Driving."

How/why did you choose your research topic?
In this digital age, people are permanently drawn to their mobile devices, eyes glued to phone screens that boast social connectivity and instant internet access. With the recent increase in cell-phone use and growth in dependence on technology, many people find difficulty in putting down their mobile devices, even while driving a car. This issue remains evident among my peers, as distracted driving is one of the leading causes of serious accidents involving teen drivers. However, distracted driving, very commonly in the form of texting and driving, is an issue that extends beyond one age group. It is an ever-pressing problem that puts drivers, passengers, as well as those in other vehicles on the road in danger. For my research, I sought to find a way to address the issue of texting and driving and reduce the number of lives lost in accidents related to mobile phone use.  

Please explain your research in a few sentences. . .in layman's terms.
This project presents an innovative approach to addressing the issue of texting and driving. My solution uses the AWS DeepLens, an AI-enabled video camera, to automatically recognize driver phone usage. Using neural networks for object detection, the video camera is able to detect driver cell-phone usage in real-time, and once distracted driving activity is detected, the system sends an audio warning to the driver. In the future, I plan to further develop the system so that when the camera detects driver phone usage, it will trigger external applications and processes to disable the paired phone.

What do you enjoy most about the Science Research class?
My favorite part of the Science Research class is that students are given the freedom to pursue a topic that they are interested in. The students in the Science Research class pursue projects centered on topics ranging from plant science to cancer!

What else - clubs, organizations, teams, and activities - are you involved in at Greeley?
I am part of Greeley’s Science Olympiad Club, and we are currently preparing for our regional competition coming up in February.

Your plans for life after Greeley?
My plans are to go to college and continue learning, building, and creating!

What do you want to be when you grow up?
To be determined! I hope that my future work is a synthesis of my passions for art and technology.


Save The Date!
Mark your calendars for the HGHS Science Research Symposium on Tuesday, May 21st from 6-9pm. Seniors will present their project as the culmination of their three-year journey, and juniors and sophomores will showcase their work-in-progress as a poster presentation.

The Science Research Program offered at Horace Greeley High School requires a three-year commitment from students. The program affords students the opportunity to pursue areas of interest in science by providing meaningful, hands-on learning experiences by enabling students to access and critically analyze information, pose substantive questions, and communicate effectively.

The Introduction to Science Research course is open to motivated sophomores possessing keen interest in science. (Applications are due mid-way through freshman year.) This course begins a three-year journey where students learn a number of basic skills required to conduct scientific research. They pursue a topic of interest, and focus on that topic during the first year. The topics covered in the course include literary search techniques, oral and written presentation skills, problem-solving and experimental design.

The Science Research course offers students the opportunity to work on an independent research project. They are encouraged to work with mentors from the scientific community and are supervised by Greeley faculty. The intent is to prepare students to design and implement an authentic scientific research project. Scheduled group (three classes a cycle) and individual meetings (during the school day but outside of class time) are required as well as presenting research in poster format at the HGHS Science Research Symposium in the spring. Students also are required to work a minimum of three hours outside of scheduled class per week.

The Advanced Science Research course affords students the opportunity to complete their research with students typically spending 6-10 hours per week working on their inquiry. Some students experience several months of working in a lab or science facility with science or technology mentors who provide guidance and supervision as students conduct their research, while others have chosen to work in the high school labs closely monitored by their teachers. A presentation at the HGHS Science Research Symposium is expected in the spring and students also are required to submit their research papers and posters to local, regional, statewide and national competitions.