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Lewis giving Romeoville High School students a cutting-edge research opportunity

Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 5:20 p.m. CDT

ROMEOVILLE – A dozen Romeoville High School students have been selected to participate in a new academic science research collaboration project this summer and next school year at Lewis University.

“In setting up this unique partnership between RHS and Lewis University, we wanted to give students the opportunity to engage in high-level academic research using cutting-edge equipment and facilities,” said Romeoville High School science teacher Patrick Holden.

The Romeoville high School students will have the opportunity to study in the new 50,000 square foot Science Center addition at Lewis University.

They will conduct research in modern physics labs with industry-grade optics and laser technology. They will also have access to the chemistry labs, where internationally-recognized research is being performed in nanotechnology.

The students, who were selected based on a combination of factors including their active participation last school year in the new RHS Science Research Club, teacher recommendations, grades in science courses and a personal essay, will work in groups not only through the summer, but also after school and on some weekends throughout the school year.

Students who are participating include Rene Galvan, Adam Irvine, Alex Lara, Jessica Tabert, Cindy Valadez, Vanessa Velasco, Alicia Vitel, Leslie Vasquez, Akachi Ajiere, Cole Brooker, Will Caron and Jillian Crocker. 

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. It is the seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois.

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