Glenbard East students participate in research program at Argonne National Laboratory
LOMBARD — Two students at Glenbard East High School have found metal content in dandelions they picked on the school's campus, and now they want to know why.
It's all part of a project Wendi Guraziu and Jourdan Ewoldt are completing through their participation in the Argonne National Laboratory's Exemplary Student Research Program.
This is the second year Argonne has run the program, and the first that Glenbard East has had a team participating. Guraziu and Ewoldt are being assisted by Karen Beardsley, a biology teacher at the school, along with a staff scientists from Argonne.
Beardsley's children, Tom and Kelly, are seniors at Wheaton North High School and also work in the group because their school didn't offer the program.
"We're doing real research and got to go to Argonne and use the equipment," said Ewoldt, a senior. "Eventually when we're done with analyzing the data, we'll get to present a poster to real scientists."
In May, the group will visit Argonne to present a scientific poster on their findings.
In the project, students are working in a similar structure to what a scientist does when he or she wants to use the equipment at Argonne. In the fall, the group prepared a proposal and had to get their project approved by Argonne's oversight committee.
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