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MNHS Senior to Present Research Paper at IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference

Brian Cherin While participating at the New Jersey Governor's School of Engineering and Technology at Rutgers University this summer, Brian Cherin, a senior in the Science and Engineering Magnet Program at Manalapan High School, worked on a research project that has been selected for a prestigious conference.

The group focused on how to limit healthcare patients’ exposure to potentially harmful pathogens due to a lack of proper handwashing by the healthcare provider. They developed a hygiene monitoring system, which would oversee a person’s handwashing to compare it to the proper procedure. The research paper Brian’s group completed on the project has been accepted for presentation at the IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference. Brian will travel to Massachusetts this fall to participate in the conference.

According to its website, the 2018 IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference brings together undergraduates around the world to present, discuss, and develop solutions to advance technology for humanity. As an IEEE official conference, undergraduates may publish papers of their school projects, research, innovations, or case studies. Participants attend a rich program with keynote speeches and technical flash talks featuring renowned speakers, a student design competition, and networking events.

The Freehold Regional High School District’s Science and Engineering Magnet Program offers a four-year program of interdisciplinary studies for students interested in pursuing careers in mathematics, engineering, or the physical sciences. Students in this program undertake an accelerated program in mathematics, science, computer science, and electronics. In conjunction with specialized studies, students receive a comprehensive education in the humanities.

The program includes opportunities for staff and students to interact with representatives from industry and institutions of higher learning in order to acquire an awareness of research methods, current applications, and career opportunities. These field experiences are coordinated with personal counseling which is designed to assist students in postsecondary plans. In the past few years, S&E students interned at companies such as Commvault, Festo Didactic, AT&T, Nokia-Bell Labs, Ocean First Bank, and PEC Telecom Solutions.

S&E students are regularly admitted to prestigious colleges and universities such as Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Columbia, MIT, Cornell, Cooper Union, Brown, University of Pennsylvania, California Institute of Technology, University of California - Berkeley, and many others.