Lincoln-Way East Exemplary Student Research Program Concludes Project
Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Lincoln-Way East Exemplary Student Research Program team has concluded their year-long research project with Argonne National Laboratory.

This project began in August with Lincoln-Way East being paired up with an Argonne beamline scientist based on their proposal for an experiment. The team of eight was selected from approximately 70 applicants who declared they want to pursue a career in science.

Their project examined the degradation of iron supplements. Students worked alongside Argonne Scientist Dr. Tianpin Wu (Senior APS User in Sector 9BM) preparing and testing their iron supplement samples. They conducted tests using the particle accelerator, the Advanced Photon Source (APS).

The students then formed a conclusion and created a poster, which they presented on May 7 to APS scientists at Argonne and about 100 other doctoral, post-doctoral, and professional scientists, and the other seven high school teams. Their project will be in the 2019 catalog of projects for Argonne National Laboratory because the project yielded conclusive results.

“This is a tremendous experience for a doctoral or post-doctoral student, let alone a high school student. Argonne National Laboratory is the only U.S. Department of Energy facility that permits high school students an opportunity to perform research,” said Benjamin Voliva, Chemistry teacher at Lincoln-Way East.

This is the second year Lincoln-Way East has participated in the program. Last year, the Griffins tested their own catalytic converters for the experiment, which were donated by Bettenhausen Dodge of Tinley Park. Their project was one of few involved in ESRP to have a definite conclusion. The research and design of both their poster and abstract prompted the students’ work to be displayed in the Learning Center at Argonne and on its education website.