WSSP Year End Forum + Poster Session

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On Wednesday, June 4, 2014, students representing 26 New Jersey high schools attended the Waksman Forum Poster Session to present their findings from their yearlong research investigations.  Over 250 guests, including students, teachers, school administrators, scientists, and parents, came together for this closing event of the 2013 Waksman Student Scholars Program (WSSP), a research project in molecular biology, genetics and bioinformatics that focused on the analysis of a mRNA population from the duckweed, Landoltia punctata. The research question asked: “Which genes are expressed in this organism, and how do they compare with expressed genes from other species?” As a result of their work, over 492 of the 822 students from NJ high schools successfully analyzed and published 762 novel Landoltia DNA sequences on GenBank, the international repository of all known DNA sequences.  The WSSP is sponsored by the Waksman Institute, Rutgers University and is directed by Dr. Andrew K. Vershon, a professor at the Waksman Institute.

High Schools represented on June 4th included:

Academy for Enrichment & Advancement @ Union City High School

Bayonne High School

Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School

East Brunswick High School

Hackettstown High School

High Point Regional High School

Hillsborough High School

Holmdel High School

J.P. Stevens High School

James Caldwell High School

Middlesex County Academy for S.M.E.T.

Montville Township High School

Old Bridge High School

Pascack Hills High School

Pascack Valley High School

Piscataway High School

Robbinsville High School

Rutgers Preparatory School

Somerville High School

The Hun School

The Lawrenceville School

The Pennington School

The Pingry School

Union City High School

Watchung Hills Regional High School

West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South