On March 13, 2017, students from across Hudson County gathered together at the Liberty Science Center to present their projects as part of the Jersey City Medical Center/RWJ Barnabas Health STEM Showcase. Seven Jersey City students won gold medals: From McNair Academic, Harshal Agrawal, Justin Gabriel, Mehul Modi, Zain Mughal, Srija Patcha, Wabil Asjad, and Edith Vu; and from Dickinson High School, Usama Mahmood. Sophomore Harshal Agrawal was selected as one of two delegates to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held in California in May. Longtime McNair teachers, Ms. Osoria and Mr. Stanton, prepared students for months in an after-school Science Research class. Ms. Osoria explained that she and Mr. Stanton guided the students and occasionally helped them with the statistical side of the process, but largely “let them do their own thing.” Students balanced hours of research with other after-school activities and homework, sometimes staying at school as late as 9 PM in the weeks prior to the competition. Ms. Osoria emphasized that, although Science Research is a class, it is held after school. This meant that she saw a different side of her students, as their non-academic interests were exposed in a more open, casual setting. Ultimately, McNair students’ diligence paid off. In addition to the gold medalists mentioned earlier, Aurelia Brook, Jeanne D’arc A. Koffi, Devanshi Gami, Sasha Kozlov, Sakthivelan Manikanthan, Xinwei Pei, Manisha Persaud, and Reedah Wahid all received bronze medals; and Kaream El-Adle, Seemal Khan, Hafeya Khokar, Shane Meledathu, Suchita Mistry, Reshma Modi, Anna Prilutsky, Sarwat Siddiqui, Shreya Bhatt, Shaikh Hassan, and Jason Han were honored with silver medals. In addition, Sarwat Siddiqui, Mehul Modi, Harshal Agrawal, Zain Mughal, Shane Meledathu, Anna Prilutsky, Shivani Patel, Tazeen Ali, Shaikh Hassan, Jason Han, and Srija Patcha were presented with special awards. Congratulations to Mr. Stanton, Ms. Osoria, and all participating students for their accomplishments!