Guided research
in Science, Technology,
Engineering, Math
and Medicine
Hawken's STEMM program for sophomores, juniors and seniors provides guided research in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine.

Students involved in the STEMM program begin with a semester of Scientific Research I, which develops scientific reading comprehension and critical thinking and also encourages broad thinking about experimental methods, limitations and questions.

Scientific Research II, which spans spring and summer, challenges students to conduct research, work with a mentor, and review journal articles on a topic related to their area of study. Students are required to complete a 160 hour summer research project with a mentor at NASA, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, VA Hospital, University Hospital or another research lab.

In the fall following the research component of the program, Scientific Research III develops student skills in scientific writing and oral presentation as they as they write an abstract, prepare a professional poster, and rehearse a talk based on their summer project. Each year, Upper School STEMM students present projects before a panel of judges at Hawken’s annual STEMM Research Symposium. Past research project topics include robotics, watersheds, earthquake resistance, cancer, and nanotechnology.

Students have presented their research at the Hawken’s annual Research Symposium, Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair, the Intel Science and Engineering Fair, and Siemens. One student’s work was published in the World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery; another presented his research on “The Effect of Neutral Spaces in a Markov Chain Model of Bacterial Evolution” at the 2014 European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Approximately 90 students are currently involved in Hawken’s STEMM program. Each year for the past five years, numerous Hawken students have garnered grand prizes and first and second place awards at the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair. Since 2010, five grand prize winners from Hawken have received all-expense paid trips to the Intel Science and Engineering Fair.

Dr. Robert J. Maciunas, 1955-2011

Dr. Robert J. Maciunas was a gifted and visionary surgeon and pioneer in the field of neurosurgery and deep-brain stiumlation.

In 2004, he became the first surgeon in North America to implant a deep brain stimulator to treat Tourette's syndrome, which can cause uncontrollable motions and outcries. His patient recovered far beyond predictions, giving hope to people around the world with this debilitation neurological disorder. Maciunas had already helped to develop radiation surgery and imaging techniques for invasive surgery. He once called his work an "equal mix of high science and high art."

Dr. Maciunas was one of the world's foremost experts on brain imaging, having spent his career studying and teaching computer navigation. Image-guided systems are used to treat complicated tumors or those that are hard to access. He was the author of numerous books and other publications about image-guided neurosurgery, including the very first in the field, Interactive Image Guide: Neurosurgery.

Dr. Maciunas was the Vice Chairman of Neurological Surgery at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland where he was also the Director of the Brain Tumor Center and Gamma Knife and Cyberknife Radiosurgery Center.

Dr. Maciunas was an enthusiastic supporter of the research program at Hawken. He served as a mentor and was co-chair and co-founder of the STEMM Pathways Advisory Committee. It was he who originally proposed the creation of a student research symposium as part of the STEMM Pathways program.

Dr. Robert Maciunas STEMM Research Symposium

The annual Dr. Robert Maciunas STEMM Research Symposium is the culmination of a year’s worth of study in scientific research. At the symposium, students present projects to a panel of expert judges, parents, faculty and fellow students.

2014 Symposium Projects

2013 Symposium Projects

2012 Symposium Projects

2011 Symposium Projects

2010 Symposium Projects

2009 Symposium




Hawken STEMM students have garnished impressive accomplishments at the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair:

2013
- Aric Floyd '14 - Grand Prize Winner and First Place in Chemistry; All expense paid trip to the Intel Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, AZ- Two First Place Winners
- Six Second Place Winners

2012
- Ani Dasarathy '12, Grand Prize Winner and First Place in Physics, All expense paid trip to the Intel Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, PA
- 5 Second Place Winners


2011
- Joe Soltzberg '11, Grand Prize Winner and First Place in Biology, All expense paid trip to the Intel Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, CA 

2010
- Peter Mintun '10, Grand Prize Winner and First Place in Physics, All expense paid trip to the Intel Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose, CA


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