Seniors Present Independent Projects

Twenty-one seniors completed their Strnad Fellowships and made presentations about their independent projects to the Upper School boys in May 2019. Topics included music, video, rocketry, science research, history, and many other creative passions. Strnad Fellowships enable students with outstanding ability and passionate interest in a particular area to pursue advanced independent projects of research or inquiry. 

Watch the presentations from the Weatherhead Gym HERE

Watch the presentations from the Gund Auditorium HERE
    • The 2019 Strnad Fellows: (front) Jack MacIntosh, Ben Chao, Ajeet Kalepu, Maheep Brar, Bryan Rego, Trey Hammond, John Hollington, Michael Leone, Michael Castellanos, Mrs. Edna Strnad, Dr. Lyse Strnad (back) Jake Nordell, Dylan Siegler, Arnold von Engelbrechten, Enea Cominelli, William Zhang, Max Svensson, Tyler Fertel, Graden Snyder, Oscar Wierup, Ethan Banks, Program Advisors Mr. Michael Starinsky and Mrs. Karen Axelrod (not pictured) Anish Ganesh, Will Spencer

    • Strnad Fellows and their families enjoy the reception after the program.

    • Enea Cominelli, "Stem Cell Treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease Derived Arthritis"

    • Maheep Brar, "A Robotic Platform to Monitor the Indoor Environment"

    • Graden Snyder, "The Effects of Alumina Filters on Microcystis aeruginosa Growth"

    • Ajeet Kalepu, "'Smart' Insulin"

    • Oscar Wierup, "Ex-Vivo Evaluation of Left Ventricular Assist Devices"

    • Tyler Fertel, "Using Zorbium Foam as Football Helmet Padding"

    • Michael Castellanous, "Investigating the In-Vitro Effects of Lenalidomide on Natural Killer Cells"

    • Will Spencer, "Researching Celastrol: an Unfamiliar Triterpinoid"

    • William Zhang, "Stories of Home: Immigrant Perspectives of Past and Present Lives"

    • Dylan Siegler, "Using Medical Literature to Improve Neural Network Diagnoses"

    • Michael Leone and Trey Hammond, "An Advanced Design and Launch of a High-Power Rocket"

    • John Hollington, "Bladesmithing"

    • Jack MacIntosh, "Big Sound from a Small Box"

    • Brian Rego, "Assessing the Occurrence of Microplastic Uptake, by Unionid Freshwater Mussels in a Mesocosm"

    • Max Svensson, "Analyzing Capsaicin Concentration in Chili Peppers"

    • Ben Chao, "A Portfolio of Jazz Arrangements and Originals"

    • Arnold von Engelbrechten, "The Battle of Tannenberg"

    • Jake Nordell, "An Investigation of Cinematography and Film in Marketing"

    • Ethan Banks, "Coefficient of Friction of Rubber Compounds"


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