The Taft STEM Research Fellowships offer students the chance for deep exploration of their own particular area of interest, while fostering real world skills needed for high-level scientific research. Students are selected through a competitive application process, and these Fellows work with faculty mentors and outside mentors to design and conduct their own experiments and apply their research to real-world challenges. In the spring of 2014, the Taft STEM Fellows presented their research for the first time at the Annual Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair at MIT. More than 400 projects were entered, and barely 20 percent of them earned special honors of any kind. Ten of eleven St. Markers were recognized for their achievements, an extraordinary accomplishment and testament to this signature St. Mark’s STEM program.
Beining (Cathy) Zhou, a VI Former from China and Australia, has been named a top 300 scholar in the 80th Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS)—the nation's oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors. A total of 1,760 students around the country entered the competition this year, which is held under the auspices of the Society for Science.
Alexandria "Ally" Bauer, a VI Form boarder from Natick, Mass., placed second at the 2020 Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair, held virtually this year.
Jack Griffin, a VI Former from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, has been selected as a delegate to the Society for Science and the Public's 2020 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) for his project on polymer science.
Over the weekend of May 3-4, 2019, seven St. Markers—all participants in the School's Taft STEM Fellowship program—competed in the annual Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Out of more than 200 high school competitors from all across the Commonwealth, four St. Mark' students placed and were recognized with awards.
Jiwon Choi, a VI Former from Seoul, South Korea, won the 2019 Worcester Regional Engineering & Science Fair (WRESF) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) this month. In addition, five other St. Markers—all part of the Taft STEM Fellowship program at St. Mark's— earned honors at the WRESF, including two more finishing in the top ten out of 130 entrants.