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Kirby Math and Science Center

Science

Approach

Labs and curricula are grounded in real-life examples, building a spirit of curiosity and inquiry and encouraging students to emerge as good scientific citizens. Through foundational courses in the first two years of study, students develop an understanding that scientific knowledge is characterized by empirical criteria, logical argument, and skeptical review. Upon completion of the core curriculum, they can explore further by choosing from more than 30 courses.  Students will use their scientific knowledge for personal decision making, effective participation in civic affairs, and preparation for advanced study in science beyond Lawrenceville.

Science Class at Lawrenceville
Science Class at Lawrenceville
Focus

In our small classes, based in Harkness discussions and student-centered learning, students work together to design and execute experiments, develop problem-solving skills, and form questions. Our outstanding lab resources and emphasis on student independence enhance the educational journey.

Students acquire a comprehensive set of technical skills through the program, including proficiency in data collection, analysis, and representation; spatial reasoning and accurate measurement; microscope use and micropipette operation; experiment design; and laboratory safety.

Experience

The program also instills formal presentation skills, integrating communication, organization, time management, project management, collaborative problem-solving, and inclusive leadership. Students learn how to effectively communicate scientific information to diverse audiences, as well as how to read and comprehend scientific research and publications.

Overall, graduates will possess a well-rounded skill set, blending technical proficiency developed in lab work with essential soft skills, ensuring their preparedness for diverse challenges in the scientific field.

Science Class at Lawrenceville

Science Beyond the Classroom

Harkness in science extends beyond the classroom to student-driven clubs, co-curricular opportunities, research participation, and our Hutchins Scholars in Science Research program. Our students also have the chance to attend conferences and workshops and Fourth and Fifth form students can design independent study classes to pursue a special interest.

Science Department Faculty

Mary Calvert P'04 '05 '06

Titles: Teacher, Science Department, Charles '66 and Kenneth '70 Murphy Distinguished Teaching Chair in Science
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Erin Chiaravalloti

Titles: Teacher, Science Department
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John Clore H'02

Titles: Circle Level Director; Teacher, Science Department
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Daniel Concepcion '02

Titles: Teacher, Science Department
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Rebekah Crane

Titles: Teaching Fellow, Science Department
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Leah Domb P'17

Titles: Teacher, Science Department, The Albert V. Moore Distinguished Teaching Chair in the Sciences
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Elizabeth Fox

Titles: Director of Student Research and Teacher, Science Department
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Carrie Fyler

Titles: Teacher, Science Department
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Gregory Hansen P'08 '11

Titles: Teacher, Science Department, The Alton Rufus Hyatt H'39 Distinguished Teaching Chair
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Cynthia Hill

Titles: Teacher, Science Department
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Theodore Ives

Titles: Lab and Science Facility Manager, Science Department
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Nicole Lantz

Titles: Assistant Chair, Science Department, On the Doll Family Junior Teaching Chair for Promising Young Faculty
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Stephen Laubach P'23

Titles: Director of Sustainability and Teacher, Science Department
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David Laws P’21 ’23

Titles: Teacher, Science and Mathematics Departments
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Ian MacDonald

Titles: Operations Manager, Big Red Farm
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Jennifer Mayr P'15 '17

Titles: Teacher, Science Department, The Henry Woods Family Distinguished Teaching Chair
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Julie Mellor

Titles: Co-Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies Program; Teacher, Science Department
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Kenneth Mills

Titles: Teacher, Science Department
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Shinae Park

Titles: Teacher, Science Department
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Curtis Phillips

Titles: Teacher, Science Department
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Ilana Saxe

Titles: Department Chair, Science Department, The John C. Wellemeyer '55 P'18 Teaching Chair for Math and Science
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Nicki Selan

Titles: Teacher, Science Department
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Jeffrey Streeter

Titles: Teacher, Science Department
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Brianna Thompson '18

Titles: Teaching Fellow, Science Department
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Scott Timko

Titles: Teacher, Science Department
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Keith Voss

Titles: Teacher, Science Department
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