While the most common ASRT model is to spend a week at or near the school, due to an abundance of caution,
some of the sessions in 2020 were done online.
STEM Supervisor - Jose Marti STEM Academy
Union City Public Schools, Union City, New Jersey
Dear Regeneron Committee,
I am writing to express my thanks and gratitude for selecting Jose Marti STEM Academy in Union City, New Jersey for ASRT.
Words cannot describe how grateful I am for this wonderful opportunity. We are a title-1 school which means our students get breakfast and lunch free. Our population is 95% Hispanic. We started our STEM Academy because Hispanics are underrepresented in the STEM fields. We have a lot of talented and very bright students and our goal is to get them interested in the STEM fields so they can contribute to their community in particular and the world in general.
Our aim is to help our students to become the leaders in the STEM fields and your choosing us for the ASRT Program will help us to achieve our goal.
We just completed the first round of training and I want to let you know that Michael Blueglass is an excellent teacher.
All of us who are participating in this very interesting and valuable training program are very excited. I can definitely say that each and everyone of us has bonded with Michael as if we knew him for years.
He is energetic, enthusiastic, focused, down to earth and very passionate about his teachings.
You could not have selected a better person for the job. We are all very happy to learn from him.
I know that our students and our school will shine and you will be glad to know that our group is ready to tackle the task ahead of us. The United States and the world will reap the benefits of the seeds you are planting today. Your investment will impact several generations of young students. Our Superintendent, Principal, Board of Education President, colleagues, parents and students join me in thanking you and Regeneron for your generosity and your vision.
You are playing an important role in opening doors of opportunities for young, ambitious and very smart students who will become the future professionals. It is people like you who make our country the greatest nation in the world.
Again, many thanks and I will keep you posted of our successes.
Medomak Valley High School, Waldoboro, Maine
I think the most helpful part was being able to have the 1 on 1 time to discuss all aspects of a research program and get exactly what I needed out of it since it was customized to fit my school and program. The most helpful (specific) part was when we talked about specific projects from students who did research last year and brainstormed possible mentors and ways to improve and help those projects grow.
One Year Later....
Hey Michael! I just wanted to let you know we had our state science fair today and I had one girl place first in her category
and another place second in a different category! Both were survey based projects.
Thank you so much for your help and training on how to help support students with this!
Both of these students are sophomores. I have 9 underclassmen currently deciding what they will do for a project over the summer/fall for next years fair and feel really confident that several will have a chance at having competitive projects but also earning scholarships offered!
Oviedo High School, Oviedo, Florida
The most helpful part was coming up with the idea to have a Science Research Program recruitment meeting with students and their parents one night during the ASRT week.
That meeting alone single-handedly tripled the enrollment and matched my career total enrollment. Michael's willingness and ability to be flexible and take on ideas/different paths as they arose over the week was also helpful. I have a very solid foundation and set of expectations for my program, but not nearly as much experience as Michael.
The insights that Michael was able to provide accelerated me decades ahead in as little as a week. He was able to share potential hurdles and refined resources that would have taken me years to develop. I also appreciated getting to see the nuances and day-to-day running of his program. His program is similar to mine in many aspects, but distinctly different in the approach with his first year students. At first, I was highly reluctant to take on such an approach; however, seeing what the students do and the volume of meaningful learning experiences they get before conducting their own research project, I realized that there are tremendous merits to his approach.
Two Years Later...
I am writing to share the results from the Seminole County Regional Science & Engineering Fair. As you may remember, Oviedo High School was chosen as one of three pilot schools in 2019, for the Advancing Science Research Teaching program thanks to your generosity.
Even despite enrollment challenges with COVID, we were able to field 19 projects in the regional competition and 89% of those projects earned awards including:
Category Awards (Out of 13 categories):
7 First Place Awards
7 Second Place Awards
2 Third Place Awards
1 Honorable Mention Award
Other Competitions & Nominations
4 of the 6 Lockheed Martin Science Challenge Nominations
9 of the 15 State Science Fair Nominations
2 of the 5 spots at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)
2 of the 3 spots as ISEF Alternates
The results speak for themselves - they are absolutely amazing given the fact that Seminole County Public Schools is the 57th largest school district in the country (64K+ students) with a wealth of talent to compete against.
I want to thank you again funding the ASRT program and providing us with Mr. Blueglass' guidance. He has certainly helped put us on a track of continued growth, while also maintaining the level of excellence we were having with a much smaller group of students.
New Lisbon High School, New Lisbon, Wisconsin
The most helpful part of the ASRT workshop was the layout of progression over the three years of instruction.
I was very appreciative of Michael's willingness to share his 30 years of experience to improve rigor and implement a research based program into our school.Prior to this training, I would Google activities and modify them to fit a competitive in-class group setting that met specific parameters. It was all project based and didn't require the students to justify their reasoning.I love the rubrics that Michael supplied for the articles, videos, journal entries because it makes the students really know their research area of interest.I also really liked how he set up a vocabulary list in Google sheets/Excel to use as a study tool.I am very thankful to Regeneron for selecting me as a candidate and am excited to transform my class and grow this program.
Kuna High School, Kuna, Idaho
The most helpful aspect was being able to work together in person to design a program that fit my school specifically, which included meeting with potential mentors and parents.I was able to take my program from a mediocre research program to a phenomenal research program in one week.
This training saved me years of trial and error and provided an amazing opportunity for my students.I live in a very under-funded district, so these students would never have the opportunity to do research even close to the level that they will now.
I am extremely excited to see their growth, even in this short time, and I know that they are going to make a difference in the world because of the start they are getting from this program.
Flasher High School, Flasher, North Dakota
The whole ASRT workshop was incredible!
When Michael first came in, it took a day for him to truly gauge what our program looked like. He offered suggestions and I repeatedly came back to him saying it wasn't possible given our limitations as a small, very rural school. Within the first two hours we started to shift the focus of the entire week to what my program truly needed!
By Thursday, we were meeting with my students to discuss in detail their projects, road blocks, the need to make our research program "a thing", and suggesting to my rising senior to apply for the Regeneron Science Talent Search.
We went over national based behavioral surveys, poster boards, the need to do more background research.Michael was so great at tailoring the workshop to fit my needs, I don't think there is any way it could have been improved! He offered his help over the course of the next year to assist myself and my students. So any questions I still have, I feel will be covered in the future if I have them.
I cannot thank Michael and Regeneron enough for this incredible opportunity. It was a game changer for my kids!
Christine Girtain & Dr. Marybeth Kretz
Toms River Schools, Toms River, New Jersey
The most helpful part of the workshop was the structural outline of the ASRT course. It has given me the confidence to proceed with my students to give them the best possible experience in reaching their research goals. Also, Mr. Blueglass was an outstanding facilitator; his expertise, and enthusiasm has motivated me to make the most of the program at my school.This has been the best workshop I have ever attended in my 15 years of teaching! - Maryeth Kretz PhD, Toms River East
The face to face guidance to address my program's needs to move us to the next level was very valuable. Michael was very energetic and it was evident he had a true passion for his job. - Christine Girtain, Toms River South & North
Two Years Later:
Michael, I am so excited!
For the first time in Toms River Regional Schools District history, we have not 1 but 2 students going on to ISEF from the Delaware Valley Science Fair. No student from our district has ever moved on before. We have had 1st place category winners but never metal winners!!
In addition, last year one of my students won a spot at the JSHS National competition.
When we first spoke 2 years ago & you asked me to list the goals of the ASRT one of my goals was to move my students through the research process faster so they could compete earlier than senior year & to up the level of our research so students could move on to ISEF. I am proud to say we have accomplished both due to your guidance and feedback. ASRT is a fabulous program that promotes STEM! - Christine Girtain
Jose Marti STEM Academy,Union City Public Schools, Union City, New Jersey
The entire workshop was an amazing experience for our program.
While we already had started our program all the information and ancillaries that Michael shared with that we can use to help build, mold and expand our program are exactly what we needed. He helped us to see what we needed to do to take our program to the level we wanted to be for our students.
As a new STEM school in a low income area with a highly under-served population, we are very motivated to be a highly successful and model program for Hispanic and Latino students around the country. Michael worked with us and his encouragement has been such a source of inspiration and information to make this happen.
Two Years Later...
I wanted to let you know that one of our students just won a spot to present at the JSHS Nationals. In addition, we won 6 out of the 10 gold medals at the STEM showcase.
Rachel Wellman PhD
Boca Raton High School, Boca Raton Florida
I can't say enough good things about Michael Blueglass and the ASRT program.
I have been struggling with getting an independent student research program going at my high school and his helpful lessons, suggestions, and motivation has inspired me to be better at teaching it.
The most helpful tools at this point for me are definitely the lessons that I can incorporate in my established classroom setting. I'd like to implement the full program approach Michael shared, but it's too late to make any changes in the master schedule for this year. Therefore, I want to include many of the tips, tricks, and lesson plans provided in this workshop to gather data and evidence of my own, which I can then present to my school's administration. I already have support at our district level, so I'm hopeful that with a well thought out plan like the ASRT program and evidence of success will lead to a similar program at Boca High.