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Queens College Summer Science Program

New York City Public High School students who in the summer are rising juniors and seniors and who are recommended by the Science AP or a science teacher at their school are eligible to participate. 

The overall purpose of the program is to expose students to what are currently the hot topics in the major scientific areas.  Several activities are devoted to an exploration of the Tony Award winning play Copenhagen.  The play addresses a fateful conversation between Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg, early in WWII, that touched on the subject of fission.  Students examine the play from all angles – scientific, historical, philosophical, literary – and participate in writing exercises and a panel discussion.

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
2 weeks, end of July/beginning of August,

0900  - 0915 Puzzles and Curiosities
0915  - 1000 Copenhagen lectures
1010  - 1100 Speaker or special event
1110  - 1210 Discussion sessions
0130  - 0330 Afternoon activities

At 11:00 am each day, students break into four groups of 20, supervised by four experienced high school science teachers.   

Lab tours include the neuroscience research laboratories of  Professors Josh Brumberg, Susan Croll, and Richard Bodnar, and their associated histological facilities, surgical facilities, and animal vivarium, as well as the labs of Professors Harry Gafney (Laser Spectroscopy), Ray Johnson, (Brain Imaging), Tim Short (Plant Studies), Vinod Menon (Nanophotonics), and Steve Schwarz (Polymer Characterization). 

In 2010 speakers and special events included Kent Boklan, How I Broke the Confederate Code; Steve Pekar, Expeditions to Discover Antarctica’s Icy (and Warm) Past;  Peter Schmidt, Pond and Tideline Ecology; Peter Chabora,  A Most Powerful Thing;  Copenhagen videos (morning), Interactive Ethics Exercises (afternoon); Miriam Rafailovich, Polymers Unleashed; Ray Johnson, Exploring the Brain Mechanisms Underlying Cognitive Function; Lab tours; Barbara Waldinger, Performing Theories: Plays About Science and the Science of Plays; Paper Airplane Contest (morning), Copenhagen Panel Discussion (afternoon).

The two-hour afternoon activities included one bus trip to Alley Pond Environmental Center in Bayside.  The activities listed below were presented by senior faculty members from the departments of Biology, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics, Computer Science, Drama, Library Science, & English:  The Limitations of Computing (Waxman); Writing Workshop (Goodman); Heart Rates and Exercise Science (Azzollini); Library Science (Gandhi); Alley Pond – Wetland Systems/Ecosystems of Alley Pond Park; Optics (Saini); The Trial of Galileo (Waldinger); Our Place in the World (Chabora).


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