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RHS students get a cutting-edge research opportunity

Lewis giving RHS students a cutting-edge research opportunity

Published: July 23, 2013.

Twelve Romeoville High School students have been selected to participate in a new academic science research collaboration project this summer and next school year at Lewis University.

“In setting up this unique partnership between RHS and Lewis University, we wanted to give students the opportunity to engage in high-level academic research using cutting-edge equipment and facilities,” said RHS science teacher Patrick Holden.

The Romeoville high School students will have the opportunity to study in the new 50,000 square foot Science Center addition at Lewis University, where the Physics and Chemistry Departments have some of the most impressive undergraduate lab resources in the region. They will conduct research in modern physics labs with industry-grade optics and laser technology. They will also have access to the chemistry labs, where internationally-recognized research is being performed in nanotechnology.

The students, who were selected based on a combination of factors including their active participation last school year in the new RHS Science Research Club, teacher recommendations, grades in science courses and a personal essay, will work in groups not only through the summer, but also after school and on some weekends throughout the school year.

“Upon completion of their research, they will present at various science fairs and participate in regional and national-level competitions,” said Holden, who is the founder of the RHS Science Research Club.

Holden, Lewis University Chair and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Jason Keleher and Chair and Associate Professor of Physics Dr. Joseph Kozminski are overseeing the collaboration.

Students who are participating include Rene Galvan, Adam Irvine, Alex Lara, Jessica Tabert, Cindy Valadez, Vanessa Velasco, Alicia Vitel, Leslie Vasquez, Akachi Ajiere, Cole Brooker, Will Caron and Jillian Crocker.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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