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Crowds at Research Symposium
14th annual Harker Research Symposium
Sat., April 13, 2019


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Registration now open!

General Information
PARKING: Parking will be restricted to the parking spots available in the front loading zone at the upper school campus. If you are approaching the campus at 8:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m., the spaces will most likely be taken and it is recommended you drive to the middle school campus at 3800 Blackford Ave. Shuttles will run all day to and from the middle school campus for overflow parking starting at 7:30 a.m.

TICKETS: For security purposes, please print your ticket at home and bring it to the event.

REGISTRATION: Once on campus, please proceed to the registration area outside the Rothschild Performing Arts Center to pick up your lanyard and plastic insert. Your ticket is your badge and must be worn at all times during the event.
Registration Information
Online registration is highly recommended. You will be able to plan, view and print your own agenda and registration card before arriving. Events and talks fill up quickly. Avoid being disappointed. Register early!
Registration (March 29-April 12, 11:59 p.m.)
Admission and Lunch: $25 ($20 for Harker students)
Admission Only: $20 ($15 for Harker students)
Coffee, tea, water available throughout the day
Snacks for sale
Onsite Registration (April 13)
Admission and lunch: $30 ($25 for Harker students); admission only: $25 ($20 for Harker students); lunch purchased onsite: $15; snacks for sale.
Keynote Speakers
Dr. Max Holmes – 8:55 a.m.
Deputy Director and Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Research Center (ranked world’s #1 climate change think tank)
“Listening to Rivers: Investigating Global Change through the Stories Told by Rivers”

Surbhi Sarna ’03 (Alumna Keynote) – 1 p.m.
CEO and President, nVision Medical, a Boston Scientific Company
“Patient to Impatient Entrepreneur: The Journey to Create an Early Detection Mechanism for Ovarian Cancer”

Dr. David Haussler – 2:15 p.m.
Team Leader, Human Genome Project and Scientific Director, UCSC Genomics Institute
“Odyssey into the Human Genome”
About the Event
Organized by Harker’s Women in STEM Club (WiSTEM), this huge annual community event showcases the discoveries of Harker’s young scientists and alumni, honors the work of career scientists and entrepreneurs, and celebrates Silicon Valley’s innovative spirit. “We capitalize on Harker’s proximity to world class technology development to boost the symposium beyond a showcase for student projects into the realm of opening visitors’ minds to new ideas as they emerge,” noted Anita Chetty, science department chair and WiSTEM advisor. The event includes the following:
New this year! “Eagles Fly Back Home.” Catch up with our alumni panel as they share their post-Harker journeys!
New this year! STEMnovation Challenge: Hear teams pitch their green business models to a judging panel to earn $5,000 seed funding.
Dozens of talks by Regeneron/Synopsys competitors, semifinalists and finalists
More than 40 poster sessions by middle and upper school students
Panel on technical writing, research internships and research competitions
Interactive displays by corporate exhibitors
STEM activities for preschool and lower school students
Pre-registered workshop for upper school students: "Proteins as Drugs and Drug Targets"
Pre-registered workshop for middle school students: "An Introduction to Bioinformatics"
A chemistry magic show and so much more!
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