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2023 Student Symposium

Members of the Class of 2023 recently presented over a dozen advanced research projects to the school’s student body, and members of the Tri-Lakes community during Northwood’s annual Student Symposium at the school’s Innovation Hub on Main Street in Lake Placid. The Symposium featured academic work completed this school year by students in Northwood's Honors Independent Studies, Advanced STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), Research, and Advanced Humanities Research programs.   These advanced, honors-level academic offerings allow students to explore their passions and interests through independent research, often partnered with a mentor in the field. Students also work closely with faculty advisors to develop a research question, design a research project, and collect and analyze data. The Symposium serves as the culminating event for students in these programs, giving them a chance to present their research to a broader audience.  This year’s projects included designing and engineering a 3D-printed prosthetic forearm with auditory control, using Drosophila to explore how a ketogenic diet can reduce mortality rates after concussions, and exploring a career in sports medicine.  Such independent work prepares Northwood’s students for success in college and beyond, particularly in the age of artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and other emerging technologies.