Advanced Math/Science Research
The Berkshire School Advanced Math/Science Research students had their first visits to their respective research sites this week. Each student works with a professional researcher at some of the top research institutions in the United States. Last year, eighteen students were in the course, including three who entered the INTEL Science Talent Search Competition, the nation's most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors; Jenny Quilty ‘11 was an INTEL Semifinalist, the second Berkshire student in two years to earn that distinction. This year there are twenty students in the course, eight of whom will enter the INTEL contest. No other independent boarding school in the United States will have as many entrants.
“We are really excited about this year’s group,” said course instructor and Math Department Chair Kurt Schleunes. “In addition to having students at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, SUNY, Albany Medical Center, and Wadsworth Medical Center, we have placed students at Williams College and Amherst College. In addition, two students will be doing mathematical research with our new math teacher, Dr. Tim Lance, here on campus. This is, without a doubt, the finest group of students I have worked with in my 29-year career in teaching.”
“This year we have a nice mix of American and International students. When our students go to the lab, they have the opportunity to work with a team of scientists from all over the world. They are able to succeed in this setting because they are part of a global community at Berkshire; our students come from twenty-five countries and twenty-four states. Another reason is that they play team sports here at Berkshire. Learning to work with or lead a team of people from diverse backgrounds is an important skill, and Berkshire School is deeply committed to developing such life skills in our students.”