NYCSEF, hosted and managed by faculties and alumni of prestigious universities, seeks to publish innovative scholarly manuscripts.
Rather than committing to a set concept, a true explorer delves into many intriguing thoughts, ideas, and questions, investigating almost as a detective would. The mind of an explorer welcomes the vastness of its questions, without worrying about specific technicalities and delivering answers immediately. An explorative approach to learning is adventurous and liberating— endless discovery without judgement nor scrutiny. It is the ideal way to view new possibilities!
For some, having an explorer's mind is an innate quality; simply one idea can branch out to multiple other possibilities for other thoughts and feelings. The explorer's train of thought is less similar to a locomotive running on a straight track but is rather like a sprouting plant that grows multiple branches and leaves. While it may seem difficult to redesign an entire way of thinking, everyone can adapt an explorative mind by learning several tips.
It is imperative that your project is on a subject that you find fascinating and would want to investigate further. Because projects require lots of time and effort, be sure that you can stay invested through the duration of the investigation. Getting ideas can be difficult and may be the hardest part of your project; however, focusing on certain essential questions during the search can make finding a final topic a successful process. Answering questions about everyday interests and hobbies will help identify a subject that can captivate your attention.
We are delighted to present this year’s edition of the NYCSEF, a collection of several student-written essays showcasing the wonderful breadth of academic curiosity! Founded upon the basis of adventurous thinking and questioning, The Journal of NYCSEF hopes to foster a creative spirit in many fields of learning.
It is an honor to receive such a number of insightful and thought-provoking pieces from the exceptional minds of high school and undergraduate students. Your submissions are reviewed thoroughly and held to an incredibly high standard; NYCSEF considers work that is not only well-composed, but also ambitious and representative of unbridled academic thinking. Showcased in this issue are essays from both the US and abroad that incorporate many disciplines of academic research, ranging from natural sciences to business and economics. Each piece embodies the diligence of the innovative authors that dedicate themselves to scholarship and exploration.
The Journal of NYCSEF aims to highlight the incredible capability of students and encourage an unconventional, explorative approach to learning. As you read this issue of NYCSEF, consider the privilege of gleaning wisdom from carefully conducted academic research as well as the enthusiastic dedication of all the young, yet incredibly knowledgeable contributors. When compiling this issue, the editors at NYCSEF truly valued the enriching information presented in the impressive student-written pieces; we hope you have a similar experience that may even inspire you to be featured in the journal in the future!
Lastly, we would like to express gratitude towards the Managing Editors and the NYCSEF Editorial Board members for their dedication; the large group of reviewers demonstrated exceptional diligence and enthusiasm while creating this issue. The editors contribute not only their insight but also their time. NYCSEF would not succeed without their continuing support.
Thank you for all of your continued interest and support. It has been an honor to serve as the Editor-in-Chiefs of the NYCSEF, we are thrilled to provide these fresh perspectives on research to our readers and hope to continue to put our fresh ideas and passions in future journals.
Dr. Steve Chan, Dr. Richard Manfready, and Daniel J. Morrison
Co-Editor-In-Chiefs from Harvard University