Anderson Scholar Science Concentration

A Unique Opportunity for University School Freshmen
The Anderson Scholars Program enables a student to pursue his passion with structure, rigor, and depth throughout his high school career. With guidance from an advisor, an Anderson Scholar will participate in an individualized program that connects course work with significant experiences outside the walls of the school.

In his freshman year, an interested student submits an application and is interviewed. If he is selected as an Anderson Scholar candidate, he will pursue an individualized program for three years beginning his sophomore year. The Anderson Scholars program is designed to give additional context and substance to University School curricular requirements.
Science Research Concentration
Interested in medicine? Curious about physics? Interested in ecological issues?
Participation in the Science Research Concentration will help you learn the research skills necessary to become a good scientist and provide you opportunities to meet and work with local doctors and scientists. You will explore the world of science through coursework, research projects and internship opportunities culminating in designing and implementing an individualized research project  If you have ever thought about becoming a doctor or getting involved with science, then the Science Research Concentration is for you! 

2017 Student Research Symposium

WHEN: Tuesday, April 11th, 6:00-9:00 PM
WHERE: University School - Dan & Marge Moore ’59 Science Wing, Hunting Valley Campus 

FEATURING SPEAKER:  Sherri A. "Sam" Mason Ph.D., Department of Geology & Environmental Sciences Chair, State University of New York at Fredonia


A native of Texas, Dr. Sherri A. Mason (aka “Sam”) earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.  She completed her doctorate in Chemistry at the University of Montana as a NASA Earth System Science scholar. She is currently a Professor of Chemistry and chair of the Department of Geology & Environmental Sciences at the State University of New York at Fredonia. As co-PI on the first-ever survey for plastic pollution within the open waters of the (Laurentian) Great Lakes, her research group is among the first to study the prevalence and impact of plastic pollution within freshwater ecosystems and, as such, has been featured within hundreds of mass media articles including the New York Times, the Huffington Post, and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. The Great Lakes Plastic Pollution Survey formed the basis for the Microbeads-Free Water Act, which bans the manufacture and use of microbeads within personal care products effective July 2018, signed into law by President Obama in December 2015. In April 2016, as the result of a nomination by US Senator Kristin Gillibrand (NY), Dr. Mason was named a 2016 EPA Environmental Champion owing to her research and advocacy work on microplastic pollution.

Student Published Papers

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Science Research in the News

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20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
Phone: 216.321.8260

Hunting Valley Campus

2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, OH 44022
Phone: 216.831.2200
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