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About the Program

Using the world-class facilities at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source, high school students and their teachers will explore the principles and operation of these tools and conduct research over the school year. Under the guidance of staff scientists, each team will construct a doable project based on the techniques and limitations within a specific research group; prepare and submit a research proposal, setup the experiment, gather and analyze their results, make conclusions, and prepare a final poster. These projects will be presented in a poster session at the Argonne APS/CNM/EMC Users Meeting in May.

High school student teams will:

  • Design and conduct their own research with the guidance of teachers and scientists
  • Use world-class facilities at the Advanced Photon Source
  • Immerse themselves in the research enterprise of Argonne National Laboratory
  • Encounter an authentic experience that may extend to multiple years

This program is targeted to high school teachers who will serve as project mentors for STEM, Honors, or Advanced Placement level student teams (4-8 students) during the academic year. A one-day summer workshop is offered to schools that are interested in participating during the upcoming school year.

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For more information, contact:
Lou Harnisch
Phone: (630) 252-6925

2014 Participants

School Project Title
Glenbard East/Wheaton North High School Absorption of Metals in Leaf & Root as a Measure of Metals in the Soil
Amundsen High School X-ray Crystallography Techniques for Protein Analysis
Downers Grove South High School Prevalence of Metal Biomarkers in Mazon Creek Fauna – Evolutionary Implications
Downers Grove North High School In situ X-ray Absorption of Ti-Cr Based Cathodes for Li-ion Batteries
Neuqua Valley High School Evaluate the Sensitivity of Eumelanin Chelation of Copper to Melanin Content as an Expression of Hair Color
Oak Lawn Community  
Maplewood, MO  

Last update: September 12, 2013

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