By Averie Howell
Photo courtesy of Dr. Sorin
On Tuesday, November 2, eleven seniors presented their Honors Independent Research Study projects.
In the spring, seniors began talking with Dr. Anna Bess Sorin, Upper School science teacher and Honors Independent Research Coordinator, to choose the topics they wanted to research. Throughout the summer, they worked alongside an organization and a mentor to conduct experiments and research for their specific project.
Research covered a variety of topics, some of them including body health, juvenile justice, parent resources for their LGBTQ+ youth, entrepreneurial education, tadpole development, and more.
Ryleigh Johnson (12), who studied insurance as a health disparity in diabetes, said, “It’s a lot of work, the process of research. Going into it, I didn’t really realize that research was so fluid.”
After working for ten weeks this summer alongside Dr. Melissa Hirschi who works in the School of Social Work at University of Memphis, Johnson said, “I was genuinely taken aback by the diabetic patients in the clinic when I began volunteering there. I began to see a trend, and I was so interested to see how big that trend was.”
Throughout the fall semester, these seniors worked to organize their collected research into conclusions and presentations, which they individually presented to family and friends in Rose Theater this past week.
Fia Arbelaez (11) said, “It’s such an in-depth dive on topics I think a lot of people don’t know about. They made really difficult concepts very easy to understand, especially for people who weren’t active in the research.”
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