AP Capstone students present their research

Members of AP Research prepare to present their research in a poster session.

On May 30th, the AP Capstone classes presented their research projects to peers, students, and faculty in a collegiate poster session. The AP Capstone program consists of a two-course sequence: AP Seminar, followed by AP Research. Each course is a year-long exploration of research skills and perspectives. The students learn about conducting research in the AP Seminar class and conduct an independent research project in the AP Research class. Each of these students has the opportunity to earn the AP Capstone Diploma upon successful completion of the Seminar and Research classes, as well as four additional AP classes.

Students created posters highlighting their research. The AP Seminar students featured one of four projects that they produced throughout the year, focusing on discriminating perspectives while conducting research. For the AP Research students, they featured their Research Questions, Assumptions and Hypotheses, Literature Reviews, Methods, Data, Conclusions, and Future Directions.

Amanda Berriors, a student in AP Research, conducted research locally in Morris County. She said, "A majority of this year in AP Research I learned new disciplines for conducting and presenting research. I was able to research academic resources in Morris County, which was a topic that I was interested in before this class. I look forward to implementing my research skills when I go forward to a political field in college."

Sujay Shankar, a junior in the program, said, "This year at Capstone Night I was able to culminate my research into a professional poster session, which I was able to quickly and easily present to people who had no previous introduction to my topic. My research involved establishing a correlation between terrorism and online user privacy, and people were interested in my topic because they saw the direct effects of online user privacy in their own lives."

Lindsey McLaughlin and Megha Thyagarajan presented their research projects to the entire room in the style of two TED talks. McLaughlin, an AP Research student who presented on dual language programs (DLPs) and their impact on student attentiveness, was able to conclude that DLPs had a positive correlation on student attentiveness. Thyagarajan, who is a member of the AP Seminar class, encouraged audience members to come up to her poster after her presentation and add their own thoughts on culture, perspectives, and childhood experiences via post-it notes. 

In addition to parents and community members, several members of the faculty and administrative team were in attendance. Ms. Susan Pasqualone, Assistant Principal, was excited to attend the event and see the students' accomplishments. She stated, "This evening allowed our students to showcase their research work that has extended over the course of this year. The students were professional, articulate, and enthusiastic about their topics and genuinely wanted to share what they have learned. I was especially impressed with their poise and levels of expertise as I visited each presenter! The work they produced, I believe, is on par with that we would see on a college campus!"

AP Seminar students share their findings with Capstone Night attendees.

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