She spent her summer immersed in field research and a laboratory science experience with peer High School and College students conducting research projects along the banks of the Hudson River and in local streams at the Norrie Point Environmental Center in Staatsburg, NY. Student researchers worked with educators and scientists to formulate scientific questions, gather field data, and conduct much of their own analysis. At the completion of the internship, student research groups presented their findings to the community.
Ava’s days were often spent chest-deep in the Hudson River collecting fish samples, performing laboratory analysis of the samples collected, and working with her peers and mentors to assess data and trends against their hypothesis. Under the guidance of experienced Environmental Scientists, her research group provided data and suggestions that explained the tidal impacts on fish movements in different areas of the Hudson River.
Ava will continue to pursue her interests in this field at Lourdes this school year in the AP Environmental Science course.