STEMposium 2018

Each year, River Dell’s Science Research Program presents the annual River Dell STEMposium. The STEMposium showcases the research of students in the Science Research course. Students work on their own individual research projects under the supervision of the course instructor and with guidance from a mentor. The STEMposium also features a keynote speaker to present the latest in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics. The seniors of the Science Research course also do an oral presentation to present their three years of research. By providing a medium to present these research projects, the STEMposium allows the River Dell community to interact with emerging sciences such as bioengineering, cybersecurity, and more.

Science Research

The Science Research Class offered at River Dell High School allows students to conduct original research and compete in various science competitions. The course is offered through SUNY Albany's University in the High School program. Starting in their sophomore year, students explore various subject areas in the sciences that interest them, first by reading and evaluating general literature, then progressing to journals in scientific literature. Areas of study that may be investigated include mathematics, technology, physical sciences, life sciences, social sciences, psychology, and more.

Science Research improves student's written and oral communication skills. During their research, students take notes and write responses to articles in their own lab notebooks. Students’ work is frequently reviewed to ensure progress on their projects. Students are also required to give presentations on their findings about twice a month. Other students give constructive criticism regarding improvements on their research as well as presentation skills. As a three-year commitment course, Students work on their research from their sophomore year through their senior year, including during the summer. The Science Research class allows students to engage with science in a way otherwise not possible.


May 21, 2018

6:30pm - 9:30pm

River Dell High School

Hosted in the RDHS Cafeteria

55 Pyle Street, Oradell, NJ 07649


6:30 Social

7:00 Opening Remarks

7:05 Keynote Presentation

7:45 Intermission

7:50 Senior Presentations

9:00 Closing Remarks

9:05 Poster Session

Schedule subject to change


Listening to the Universe: Ripples in Spacetime from Colliding Black Holes and Neutron Stars

Presented by Dr. Marc Favata
Associate Professor at Montclair State University

Gravitational waves are ripples in the curvature of spacetime predicted by Albert Einstein over 100 years ago. They are produced by tremendous cosmic explosions, like the collisions of black holes or very dense stars. In 2015 the waves from these collisions were detected for the first time by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO)— a discovery that was recognized with the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics. I will explain what these collisions are, how we detect them, and what we will learn from them in the future.


Interested in coming? Let us know that you plan on attending.


Please RSVP before May 18, 2018.