Three Evanston Township High School students from the Class of 2014 were named winners at the 7th Annual High School Project Showcase held by Northwestern University’s Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP). Adam Frim, Taylor Sims, and Talia Weiss were among ten students who received recognition at the June 2 showcase that is part of Northwestern’s Undergraduate Research and Arts Exposition.

 High school students in grades 9-12 from throughout the Chicagoland area presented projects. Students were selected from those who completed high quality projects as part of their research and project-based math and science curricula at their school, through an independent student research course or club, or as an entirely independent project. Talia and Taylor worked on an astrophysics topic of XBONGs, which are rare, high intensity x-ray emitting galaxies. Adam worked on properties of weakly coupled mechanical oscillators that would synchronize under various conditions.

The annual showcase is a part of OSEP’s work to engage in long-term partnerships with Chicago-area high schools to improve the quality of science instruction, increase the number of students achieving high science standards, and prepare students for college-level coursework. In addition to the presentation of high school student research projects, the event offered the opportunity to view Northwestern undergraduate student research projects.

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