Students Lexi Doty, left, and Sybil Gilmore, right, stand with the presentation they created for the Eighth Grade Brundrett Research Symposium held on Monday, May 23. Doty and Gilmore received the award for best overall poster. Over the course of the academic year, Brundrett Middle School eighth graders have been doing various types of environmental sampling around Port Aransas. With the data they retrieved, they have been investigating research questions such as: ‘What local area has the most nutrients: The marsh or beach?’ Another question: ‘How does wind affect birds?’ At the symposium, researchers from the University of Texas Marine Science Institute interacted with the students and quizzed them about their research in a format similar to that of scientific conferences. Awards were presented for data analysis, creativity and best overall. The event was organized by BMS teacher Lia Phillips and scientist-in-residence graduate student Briana Martinez. The science-in-residence program is supported by the Port Aransas Independent School District, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute and the Port Aransas Education Foundation.