The  2018 Team

TOM COLLINS

Head of Science Department, Project Advisor

Attended: Imperial College, London

Favorite Science: Anything to do with the 2nd Law..........

 

Before going into teaching, Tom spent some time in different research fields including pharmaceutical design, biogeochemistry, and synthetic organic chemistry. Organic chemistry remains his passion and he is really pleased to have students here at Country Day that are willing to take it on. He has taught in schools on both sides of the Atlantic but has really found his home here in the US. He and his wife have two children who both attend Country Day. Outside of school, his interests include carpentry and ocean sailing.

PETER SMITH

Class of 2018

Attending: Brown University 

Favorite Science: Physics

Peter has always enjoyed science and math, and so found it appropriate to finish of his Country Day career in a research based class. He wanted to experience the thrills and setbacks of research that was student led. Peter plays and refs rugby outside of school. He will be attending Brown University with hopes to major in some discipline of engineering.

JAKE "EL PRESIDENTE" MORRIS

Class of 2018

Attending: Dartmouth College

Favorite Science: Chemistry 

Jake chose to participate in this project because it seemed like the perfect way to cap off his career in high school science. Marrying together multiple scientific disciplines as well as skills such as problem solving and adaptability, this project has given Jake a taste of scientific research and where a career in science could take him. Outside of the classroom, Jake is a runner and a swimmer who has been heavily involved in the Country Day community. He intends to study chemistry in college with the ultimate goal of attending medical school. 

DYLAN BOONE

Class of 2018

Attending: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Favorite Science: Chemistry

Dylan has always been interested in the sciences and when he learned about an opportunity to participate in a research based class, he took it.  He wanted to learn more about proteins and 3-d printing.  In his free time, Dylan participates in track, and skis whenever he can.   He plans to study business with some sort of STEM minor.   

VAED KHURJEKAR

Class of 2018

Attending: University of Pennsylvania

Favorite Science: Physics

 

 

Vaed was a critical part of the magnet placement team.  He enjoyed solving real-world problems and specifically helped develop an equation that related torsional angles of molecules with the potential energy of chemical bonds. His work proved the empirical theory for magnet placement for beta and alpha carbons for a 3D model of a protein.  Vaed will continue his scientific and mathematical education at the University of Pennsylvania where he will pursue degrees in Computer Engineering and Business.

STEPHEN "LÖST" LOSTETTER

Class of 2018

Attending: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Favorite Science: Neurobiology

After studying Biology, Physics, and Organic Chemistry, Stephen was interested in combining many of the sciences he had learned in applied way. As part of the theoretical team within the group, enjoyed researching magnets and potential energy with a great group of individuals. Stephen spearheaded the effort to experimentally determine the magnetic moment of the magnets used in the models. In college, Stephen hopes to study neuroscience or computer science, and will be playing football for the MIT Engineers.

BOYCE "SOUTHERN GENT" YOUNG

Class of 2018

Attending: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Favorite Science: Organic Chemistry and Physics

Boyce joined the group to merge his interests in physics and chemistry. Boyce was interested in getting firsthand experience into how research teams operate. He is affectionately called the “Southern Gent” due to his well dressed appearance and mild-mannered nature. In his free time, Boyce enjoys playing Football and Lacrosse for the Bucs. He also enjoys reading about wolves, birds, and any other animals that pique his interest. The “Southern Gent Equation” was Boyce’s primary contribution to the group, linking the angular displacement to the potential energy between magnets. In college, Boyce hopes to study more chemistry and physics, as well as management. If he doesn’t work in science, Boyce hopes to one day produce an action movie.
 

AMEENA KAPADIA

Class of 2018

Attending: Yale University

Favorite Science: Chemistry

Ameena Kapadia fell in love with science when she discovered her love for ants at the age of four. Presently, she has taken almost every science course offered at Country Day, with her favorite classes being both AP and organic chemistry. In her free time, Ameena enjoys doodling (on paper and her hands), dancing, and drinking tea. Ameena will be attending Yale University in the fall where she thinks of majoring in some type of science.

CAROLINE JONES

Class of 2018

Attending: Dartmouth College

Favorite Science: Chemistry

When she’s not too busy leading the Bucs on the soccer field or solving the daily New York Times sudoku puzzle, Caroline finds new ways to thrive in the classroom.  After charging through 3 years of Chemistry with flying colors, Caroline decided to end her high school chemistry career on the Research Team to gain real world experience.  Caroline was an integral part of Team Magnet, using her mathematical wizardry and wealth of knowledge to create new equations to explain the theory behind the magnetics of the 3D printed molecules.  She plans to combine her interests in science and business in college to help her on her path to one day give a TED Talk.

CAMILA SAAVEDRA

Class of 2018

Attending: Duke University

Favorite Science: Biology/Chemistry

Camila Saavedra joined the research team because as a biology and chemistry lover, she wanted to work at the intersection of these two fields. Aside from keeping the class entertained with her savage commentary, Camila enjoys playing the ukulele, jamming out to Cardi B, and participating in many theatre productions. As a part of Team Rhino, Camila made the key discovery of the “Untrim Tool” and helped her teammates successfully create the models. Camila will be attending Duke University in the fall, where she will be Pre-Med.

JR HECIMOVICH

Class of 2018

Attending: Northwestern University

Favorite Science: Chemistry

JR Hecimovich started out his science career at “Farm School” where he saw firsthand how science is at the core of the world around us. Aside from being an “AP Chem God”, JR enjoys playing Fortnite and participating in theatre productions. As part of Team Rhino, JR took the lead in understanding our software and taught himself to build the integral tetrahedron. JR will be attending Northwestern in the fall, where he will major in theatre and engineering.

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