Advanced Math/Science Research Update
by Dr. April Burch, Director of the AMSR program
January 15, 2013
Since our last update, Berkshire School hosted student researchers from Belmont Hill, and all-boys prep school outside of Boston, for a 1-day mini-symposium on Student Biomedical Research. The goal was to foster collaboration, communication and community outreach with our students. AMSR students Liza Bernstein '13, Sissi Wang '13, Lars Robinson '13, Elsie Guevara '13, Ernest Yue '13, and Nate MacKenzie '14, gave short talks about their work in the new Bellas/Dixon Math and Science lecture hall. The talks were followed up by break-out sessions where Belmont Hill students described their research projects and students discussed commonalities between the projects and future goals.
The second semester of AMSR started with some terrific news. The AMSR program was awarded a grant from The Chinchester Dupont Foundation for the purchase of an EVOS fluorescence microscope. This piece of equipment will expand the types of experiments and analyses that can be done by AMSR students this and future years. The microscope should arrive shortly, and Dr. Burch has invited everyone to stop in for a look next time they are on campus.
One new, exciting project that is underway in the winter season of AMSR in the afternoons is being spearheaded by Elif Kesaf '14. Elif is from Turkey and seeks to identify novel viruses of non-pathogenic strains of Legionella bacterium from travertines in Pamukkale. In collaboration with Dr. Sunny Shin at the Perlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, she will be working to isolate viruses of this bacterium with the hope of identifying new agents to combat Legionnaires' disease caused by a pathogenic form of Legionella.
Look for more news from Dr. Burch in the next issue!
College News for the Class of 2013
College and university decisions for Berkshire’s Class of 2013 continue to bring exciting news, for them, their families, and for Berkshire. For the third consecutive year, nearly 90% of the Class has earned acceptances to the most selective and highly selective schools in the country as determined by Barron’s Profile of Colleges. This success, especially against the ever-more competitive landscape of college admissions today, speaks volumes about the distinctive talents, interests, and passions of each of our seniors. It is also a strong endorsement of the quality and breadth of Berkshire’s programs, the talent and dedication of the faculty, and the school’s commitment to a rigorous college preparatory education.
Click here for a complete listing of our acceptances to date.
The Early Decision rounds from November saw 75% of these Berkshire applicants earning an acceptance and obviously thrilled to wrap up their college searches earlier in the winter. The good news from the Regular Decision rounds now leaves many in the class with plans for a busy April of return visits to their top choices before determining a final matriculation ahead of the May 1 deadline. Congratulations to them all, and good luck as they finalize their decisions for life after Berkshire!
-- Pieter Mulder, Director of College Counseling