Science Opportunities Abound for Marian Students

Marian High School has been continuously recognized for providing students with a first-class science education.  The Science Department, chaired by Mr. Ken Andrzejweski, offers students a variety of physical, life, computer, and earth sciences from which to choose when determining the classes that they will take during their four years in high school. 

Particularly, Marian is noted for offering an Advanced Science Research course which provides students an opportunity to work cooperatively with local professors to investigate rea-world problems on college and university campuses.  Students are given time during the school day in which to work in the science research laboratories across our region.  Students are also given the opportunity to write grants to help fund the research that they are assisting with, and also use that research as the basis for completing science projects that are presented at the local, state, and International Science Fairs.  This year, ten students were awarded Junior Research Grants from the Indiana Academy of Science. 

Grant recipients, their award amounts and their project titles are:

  • Jasmine Bontrager ('18) - Exploring Sorghum-Sudangrass Cover Crop Decomposition to Assess Impacts on Future Soil Fertility
  • Mary Guinan ('19) - The Spectral Characterization of Temperature Sensitive Luminescent Paint
  • Max Hall ('19) - Usage of Liquid Nitrogen as a CPU Coolant
  • Kate Henry ('18) - Muon Rates, the Solar Eclipse, and Solar Flares
  • Lindsey Mathew ('19) - Testing for Lead in the Soil of Saint Joseph County
  • Gracie Molnar ('19) - Neural Activation in Various Cognitive Tests
  • Megan Moretti ('19) - The Construction, Operation, and Optimization of an Air-Cushioned Vehicle within Competitive Parameters
  • Carlondrea Petty ('19) - The Effect of Media Compositions on Cardiomyocytes and Cardiac Fibroblasts Behavior and Growth
  • Marisa Plagens ('19) - The Role of Catalase in the Metastasis of Ovarian Cancer Cells
  • Charlotte Voor ('18) - Antimicrobial Fusion Deposition of Metal and Ceramic Polymeric Materials


Science Talent SearchAnnually, students participating in the research experience that Marian provides are also invited to compete in the Indiana Science Talent Search.  This year, three Marian students were selected to compete. Congratulations to Sarah Burns, Emma Kearns and Julianna Meyer who are among the top 12 students in the state for the Talent Search. This competition was held at IUPUI on September 22-23.  Sarah and Julianna were chosen as Finalists in the competition, while Emma was chosen as the Third Place winner in the state. 

Later this school year, many Marian students will participate in the Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair.  Last academic year, nine out of ten projects that qualified to advance to the State of Indiana Science Fair were completed by Marian students.  We look forward to sharing the results of another successful science fair later this school year. 

Finally, Marian is pleased to offer STEM courses, in conjunction with Project Lead the Way, in Computer Science Principles and Computer Science Applications.  Students enrolled in these courses learn multiple types of computer programming skills and develop an Android App as a culminating project. 

These are just a few examples of the many wonderful activities and opportunities that are afforded to Marian students.

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