Game plan for Herricks science success

In the past several months, the whiteboard in Renee Barcia’s Herricks High School classroom has served as an elaborate checklist. With a large grid, Barcia, coordinator of the school’s Science Research Program, had her students track the many steps to submitting their research projects to prestigious Intel Science Talent Search, a national high school science contest she called “the junior Nobel Prize.” While all students in the four-year program are expected to enter the Intel contest in their senior year, it’s not the only national high school research prize they successfully pursue. Herricks seniors Sabreen Bhuiya, Ayesha Chhugani and Vikram Krishnamoorthy were named Intel semifinalists this year; and Naseem Dabiran is one of 12 finalists for a national neuroscience award. “The students really should be commended for their diligence, their…


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