A look into two seniors’ Capstone and Odyssey projects

By Caroline Chidester, ’17

Tory Loux

Photo by Caroline Chidester

       Tory Loux was one of the two winners of this year’s Matt McCoy scholarship, along with junior Minjue Wu.

       For her Capstone project, Loux analyzed the similarities and cross-section of poetry and science, combining two of her favorite subjects.

       She began by researching different scientific concepts and found their equivalent overlapping concepts in poems. She then went on to write her own set of poems to further delve into her relationship with the two subjects.

       “I researched astrophysics and cosmology because those are the areas of science I’m most interested in,” Loux said. “I also read a lot of different poetry from a lot of different movements and wrote and edited my own poetry throughout the year.”

       The main thing Loux wanted to get out of this project was to better her writing skills and her understanding of what poetry is and means to her as someone interested in both the sciences and art.

       Loux plans on pursuing both these topics later in college, and believes that being one of the recipients of the Matt McCoy scholarship has encouraged her in this pursuit.

       “Winning Matt McCoy was an honor and super exciting,” Loux said. “It’ll definitely be something I remember for a long time.”

Reymond Miyajima

Photo by Caroline Chidester


       Reymond Miyajima has been spending his Odyssey project for Community School interning at the OSU Acarology Lab and the OSU Insectary. Here, he is able to spend his time analyzing and understanding varying species of insects and life that he would not have access to otherwise.

       OSU has been building their collection of species of insects since the 1960s and now has over 117,000 slides and 17,400 fluid lots, making it one of the largest university based mite collections in North America.

       OSU also has an insectary, containing a wide collection of live insects that inhabit the research facility. Housing these insects for study provide a way for their behaviors and preferred environments to be studied closely.

       Miyajima gets to see this collection up close and work with insects from climates different from our own and work with his mentor George Keeney, the insectary manager, to make new discoveries about these insects.

       “In the morning I spend my time researching acarology and looking at various ecosystems where some species of mites live versus others and try to figure out what is competing the mites or what the mites are competing [for],” Miyajima said. “In the afternoon I’ll take care of the different types of insects and occasionally teach people about them.”