Mini-Research Grant Award 2022

Past Awards

The Fourth Annual Mini-Research Grant Award program application for 2021 had an impressive 82 students submitting 55 research projects from 19 New York metropolitan area high schools. The Mini-Research Grant Award program selection committee reviewed all applications and selected 29 projects across 18 schools to fund with generous support from Voya Foundation.

Program interest and submission quality were strong with students and teachers reaching out from high schools beyond the local area with interest in applying. Due to New York Tech's commitment to undergrad research and to diversifying STEM leadership at all academic and socio-economic levels, eligible high school students are encouraged to apply annually.

Credit: Nishant Deshmukh, Class of 2021

2021 selected research project titles include:

  • The Association Between Father Presence and Support, Neighborhood Environment, and Preterm Birth in African American Women
  • Temporal changes in the leaf pigments of Acer platanoides, Cornus florida, and Ulmus parvifolia through the growing season from budding to senescence
  • A Novel Microbial Process to Accelerate Degradation and Demineralization of Bioplastics
  • Developmental Changes in the Preen Wax Composition of the Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata)
  • The Misunderstood Mealworm: A Possible Answer to Plastic Pollution?
  • Students' Attitudes Towards Different Proposed Physical Education Classes
  • The Effect of the Spirit Bomb Origami Design on the Grasping Capability of a Pneumatic Soft Robotic Gripper
  • Converting Natural Byproducts into Soil Compost Using the Bokashi Method for Large Scale
  • Sucrose vs Drosophila melanogaster Hyperactivity
  • The Effect of Sugar Diets on Fruit Flies
  • The effect of green tea catechins on tumor progression in Solanum lycopersicum (tomato plants) infected with Agrobacterium tumfaciens
  • Veganism Can Save the World
  • "Widgets" potential application for children with autism
  • Sleep deprivation and cognitive effects of memory on American adolescents
  • How does gratitude affect one's quality of sleep and level of depression?

Mini-Research Grant Award 2022

New York Institute of Technology “Sixth Annual Mini Research Grant Award” New York Tech is pleased to announce the ‘Sixth Annual Mini-Research Grant Award’' (6th Annual MRGA), and invites applications for high school research project proposals or continuing projects in STEM disciplines for a $300 award intended to offset the cost of research materials and related expenses. Proposals may also be submitted with intention to pursue in Fall 2023.

Applicants (one student or student group) will be considered if they meet the following requirements: Must be a high school student(s) conducting a STEM based research project The High School STEM discipline or Research Teacher/Mentor must include a completed form of endorsement for school support to the applicant, and confirm that the students will carry the project to competition and/or present progress at New York Tech Students must complete summary (continuing project or proposal) sections in their own words.

Must have plans to compete in a related research competition (i.e. LISEF, Intel, Sigma Xi, etc.) and/or present work in progress at a New York Tech campus in-person or remotely Topics of the research project must be related to the following fields:

  • Biology, Molecular Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Engineering and Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Health related research i.e. medicine, rehabilitation, aging, community health concerns, Alzheimer’s disease, healthy lifestyles, diabetes, etc. *Preference is given to student projects conceived and implemented with high school faculty mentors, and for project proposals that have preliminary data.