Oyster Bay High School senior Brianna Baugh was awarded “Best Use of International Systems Units” at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF), raising the bar for Oyster Bay’s science research program another notch. She received the recognition for her work in attempting to create a scientific standard for Nitrate pollution and quantifying the concentration of bacteria required to treat contaminated groundwater.
“Brianna is one of our stars of the Science Department,” said Advanced Placement (AP) Research teacher Stephen Acquaro. “She has such a dedication to the undertaking that is the science research process. She ran into some pitfalls, some problems with research, but in the end it all came together,” he said. “Her hard work, perseverance, and dedication to gain a deeper understanding of biology are commendable. I congratulate her on a job well done.”
Brianna has been working on her project as an AP Research student for the past year, but also did a similar year-long project when she was in the Honors Research program as a freshman. She will present her work at the high school’s Science Research Symposium on June 7. As a senior, Brianna’s goal is to continue her work in college where she can take it to the next level.
“I’m looking forward to continuing my work in college and I’m excited to see where it can go,” Brianna said.
According to Dr. Janna Ostroff, K-12 Supervisor for Science and Instructional Technology, the District continues to elevate the rigor of its science curricula and its science research program.
“Our ongoing goal is to cultivate a research program that enables students to develop higher-level skills in research and experimentation, while providing opportunities to work with distinguished faculty and scientists, and participate in science competitions including LISEF, the Long Island Science Congress and Regeneron science competitions,” Dr. Ostroff said. “We are so proud that more students in recent years are being recognized for their work at competitions such as LISEF and we hope to continue expanding opportunities as we continue to grow the program.”
Pictured with LISEF award winner Brianna Baugh are, from left, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Francesco Ianni, Dr. Janna Ostroff, K-12 Supervisor of Science and Instructional Technology, AP Research teacher Mr. Stephen Acquaro, Oyster Bay High School Principal Ms. Sharon Lasher, and Dr. Lisa Mulhall, Assistant Supervisor for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment.