Getting into the science research program


There are a few things you need to do to be accepted into the Science Research Program.

By doing these things by the designated deadlines, you are showing that you have what it takes to be successful in the Science Research Program. This is what you need to do:

1. Teacher Recommendations:
Ask your Science teacher to complete a recommendation form for you. The Teacher Recommendation form can be found at the science research site on the Lakeland or Walter Panas High School Web sites. Download the form and fill out Section 1 then save it. Send it to your teacher as a word document attachment. Ask your teacher to complete Section 2 and e-mail it by April 11th to   If you do not have an e-mail account you may supply the information for Section 1 to the teacher (your name and the school you will be attending) and explain how they can access the form.
As soon as you ask your teacher, send an e-mail to Mrs. Viggiano, Director of Curriculum for Science. The e-mail must have your name and the name of your current science teacher. The title of the e-mail should be Science Research Candidate 

2. Write a Personal Essay:
Your personal essay must be submitted before April 13th.  It will be e-mailed to your science research teacher. The subject line should be “Candidate Essay.” If you do not have an email account, contact the curriculum office at 245-1700 ext 39035

If you attending Walter Panas next year:
You e-mail your essay to Mr. Tamweber at 

If you are attending Lakeland High School next year:
You e-mail your essay to Ms. White at

Your answers should be word-processed, double-spaced, and representative of your best effort. Give specific examples. These do not necessarily need to concern experiences with research, but should concern skills that would be transferable to the Science Research Program. 

Your personal statement should address the following questions. 

INITIATIVE: What have you done outside of your school curriculum that shows initiative? How did you pursue these activities? What difficulties did you encounter, and how did you handle them?

WORK HABITS: Do you plan your work in advance? Do you complete your work on time and to the best of your ability? Do you allow sufficient time for your work, or do you tend to save most of it for that last minute?

DISCIPLINED ATTITUDE: What have you done that demonstrates your self-discipline? Do you discriminate between ‘important’ and ‘non-important’ activities? What is your approach to organizing and ‘controlling’ a situation?

COLLABORATIVE APTITUDE: Do you work well with others? Are you polite, helpful, and supportive to others? Do you appreciate people who are that way to you? How would you rate your verbal and written communication skills?

3. Attend the Lakeland Central School District Science Research annual symposium at Walter Panas High School on May 31, 2018 at 7:00 PM.  

Be sure to sign in at the Candidate Sign-In table as proof of attendance. During the evening please make sure you and your parents introduce yourself to the science research teacher. They want to make a personal contact with all the candidates that evening.

Course registration is limited due to the degree of individual attention provided. Priority will be given to students who demonstrate self-motivation, independence and a genuine desire to invest a great deal of time learning about research in some area of the natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, engineering, technology, or computer science.