Science Research Symposium

When: Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Time: Open session, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Where: Dell Fine Arts Center lobby, St. Andrew's Upper School (5901 Southwest Parkway)

  • Original research presentations by Upper School students
  • What’s That?! interactive contest (prize for winner!)
  • Original artwork by Lower School students

Wonder. Discover. Science.

Science, at its heart, is about the thrill of discovery. Fueled by the wonder of why’s and how’s, scientific thinking brings amazement and alters human history.

At St. Andrew's, we want to inspire and prepare the next generation of scientists to bring not only progress but also compassion and empathy to a world of social and technological complexity. 

For the Science Research Symposium’s inaugural year, we celebrate the richness of emotion that leads us on the perpetual search for answers to the why and how

Schedule - Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Public Exhibition of Projects
All Day
Presented by PerkinElmer
The public is invited to view the research posters on display  throughout the day. Research projects were done by Upper School students as part of the new dual enrollment "Scientific Research and Design"  course in partnership with the University of Texas—Austin.  Students design and implement their own research project (field of subject varies) while learning the skills that go into research. These projects will go on to Austin’s Regional Science Fair, an affiliate of the Intel international Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF).   

What’s That?! Contest
All Day
Prize sponsored by Raising Cane’s
Have you ever wondered: What’s That?!  Use your science knowledge to see if you can identify what is going on in the five displayed images. Pictures show things close up, far away, or just plain unusual.  The person who correctly identifies all five will win a gift basket from Raising Cane’s. (In the event of multiple winners, one will be selected from a raffle.)

I Wonder Wall
All Day
In the spirit of this year’s theme: “Wonder. Discover. Science.” visitors to the symposium are invited to contribute to the I Wonder Wall. The wall is a collection of ideas of wonder: What would happen if…? This collection of ideas will help future students generate and consider research topics to dive into for their independent research projects next school year. Everyone is invited to contribute to this interactive display.
Art Exhibit: “Waves, Light and Sound”
All Day
As part of an integrated unit on waves, light and sound, first grade students at the 31st Street campus with their teachers conducted scientific investigations and research around these topics. In addition to tackling a challenge that brought these science ideas together as a culminating project, students also created original stained glass art pieces.  Learn more about the scientific principles behind waves, light and sound while checking out the stained glass artwork on display in The Robert E. Clarke, Jr. Gallery.

Research Oral Presentations
2 sessions at 1:15 pm, 2:40 pm
Students showcasing projects at the symposium will give oral presentations of their research in the afternoon during two scheduled sessions.  (Please reference the specific schedule regarding exact times for specific projects.) Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with the students and ask questions about their projects. Seating is limited.  Open to the public.

Periodic Table collaboration with University of Waterloo
All Day
Partnered with University of Waterloo, Canada
Prize sponsored by P. Terry’s and Paramount Theater
2019 has been declared by the United Nations as the International Year of the Periodic Table. This coincides with the 150th anniversary of Dmitry Mendeleev’s periodic table. To mark this significant moment in the field of chemistry, St. Andrew’s joins a select group of school across the world from over 26 countries, in collaborating on a new art mural that will be installed in the new science complex at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Check out the winning submission from the contest that will represent St. Andrew’s Episcopal School.

Featured Presentations

"The Effect of Naming and Familiarity on Human Behavior Toward Non-Living Objects"
-Adrian A. '19
"Comparing Surface Tension (N/m) of Allura Red #40 to Caffeine and Theacrine to evaluate as an A2A Receptor Antagonist"
-Auveed R. '19
"The Effect of Curcuma longa as an Antibiotic Against Escherichia coli"
-Esha G. '19
"Radon Emissions of Disturbed and Undisturbed Town Mountain Granite in Llano Sheet and Greater Austin Area"
-Liam S.C. '19

Contact Information

Please direct Symposium inquiries to:

Bryan Dunn, Co-Chair Steering Committee
St. Andrew's Episcopal School

2019 Steering Committee
Bryan Dunn, US Science Faculty
Sam Zapalac '20
India Caramelli '20
Quinn McClanahan '19

Our Sponsors

P. Terry's
Raising Cane's

Paramount Theater
Jason's Deli
Moviehouse & Eatery Lantana

A special thank you to these businesses that share in St. Andrew's vision to support STEM education and to promote the work of young researchers.

Map & Directions

St. Andrew's Upper School campus is located at 5901 Southwest Parkway. Upon entering, follow the main road straight back to the Dell Fine Arts Center building, where there is a visitor parking lot.

About Science Research Symposium

Started in 2019, the Science Research Symposium is a celebration of science and research within the Saint Andrew's Episcopal School community. Upper School students interested in getting an in-depth introduction to the science research experience can take a full-year, dual-enrollment, elective class, called "Scientific Research and Design." The class gives students a taste of research through two major experiences:
  • a self-directed independent research project, and 
  • a research collaboration with a lab from the University of Texas–Austin, a top-tier research institution.
Cumulating the students’ first independent research experience, they have the chance to present their findings before their peers, faculty, staff, alumni, and administrators at the Science Research Symposium that celebrates their efforts and achievements while celebrating science K-12 wide.

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  • Lower & Middle School

    1112 West 31st St.
    Austin, TX 78705
    Lower (512) 299-9800
    Middle (512) 299-9850
  • Upper School

    5901 Southwest Pkwy.
    Austin, TX 78735
    (512) 299-9700

Located in Austin, Texas, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private co-ed elementary, middle and high school for grades K-12. Students benefit from dedicated faculty, a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.