Intel Picks 22 Regional Students For Prestigious Science Talent Search Competition

Meet the students representing Westchester and the Hudson Valley in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Technology giant Intel announced on Wednesday that 22 students from Rockland and Westchester counties are among 300 national semifinalists in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

The local students were chosen from a pool of almost 2000 applicants from across America for science projects ranging from those with a local focus, like how the Hudson River’s environment affects its American eel population, to research focused on subjects much farther afield—white dwarf stars in the depths of space, for instance.

Ossining High School boasted the most regional semifinalists—five—and was second statewide only to the Bronx High School of Science, from which eight finalists were selected.

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“Being a semifinalist is a great feeling,” said Aaron Maxwell, one of Ossining’s five semifinalists. “Not only for me, but also I feel it’s a victory for the entire community, the school, the science research program, and obviously for the five semifinalists, too.”


The semifinalists from Ossining High School introduce themselves and their projects.

Intel will announce 40 finalists on January 21 who will be invited to Washington DC to meet in March, when they’ll publicly display their projects and meet with science professionals. Three winners will be awarded $150,000 in prize money.

As the Journal News reports, this year’s batch of local finalists is larger than last year’s: In 2014, there were 21 regional semifinalists. Although none of them were chosen as winners, two honorable mentions with cash prizes were given to New York students from Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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View a list of this year’s Rockland- and Westchester-based semifinalists and their projects below. 


Byram Hills High School

Carlin, Greg, 17
The Development of a Query Cost Model for the Weakly Dependent Subquery Optimization of the Stack-Based Query Language


Horace Greeley High School

Doppelt, Michael, 17
Novel Zinc-Air Battery Current Collectors Using 3D-Printed Conductive ABS Plastic

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Cross River

John Jay High School

Tobin, Tess Woerner, 17
Determining the Superior Pheromone and Essential Oil for the Management of the Highly Invasive Brown Marmorated Stinkbug, Halyomorpha halys


Croton-Harmon High School

Grossman, Emily Mina, 18
Assessing the Range of Motion of the Upper Limb in a Modified Box and Block Test


Somers High School

Laredo, Dalia, 17
The Development of an Oil Filter that Uses Biowaste as the Sorptive Media


Hendrick Hudson High School

Munitz, Jazz Alexander, 17
Microfluidics-Facilitated Synthesis and Characterization of Apoptosis-Inducing Low-Cost Nanoparticles for Cancer Therapeutics

New Rochelle

New Rochelle High School

Florakis, Christina, 18
The Possible Relationships between EphA1 and Alzheimer’s disease


Ossining High School

Gulian, Charles, 17
A Search for Tidally-Distorted White Dwarf Binaries in the Kepler Survey

Ivanov, Juliet Adela, 17
Investigating the Protective Effects of Interleukin 22 on Intestinal Epithelium: Potential Novel Graft versus Host Disease Treatment

Leibert, David, 17
Sleep-Dependent Consolidation of Spatial Memory Changes with Aging

Ramesh, Brinda, 17
Examining the Development of Multisensory Integration in Speech Processing Through the McGurk Illusion

Spring, Aaron Maxwell, 17
Sediment Size and River Bottom Composition Affects the Settlement of Juvenile Anguilla rostrata in the Hudson River


Pelham Memorial High School

Pine, Max, 17
Effect of Climate on the Spatial Distribution and Synchrony of Eight Irruptive Bird Species

Rye Brook

Blind Brook High School

Broitman, Jack, 17
Comparing the Effects of an External Alpha Particle Beam with Antibody Delivered Alpha Radiation on the Survival and Metabolic Activity of Cryptococcus neoformans

Vuong, Stanley James, 17
Driving Impairment and Injury Severity in Motor Vehicle Accidents: A Path Analysis


Edgemont High School

Kam, Brian, 17
Spatial and Temporal Regulation of the Microtubule Cytoskeleton in Interphase Cells via Motor Domain Phosphorylation of the Kinesin13 KLP10A

Lewis, Samuel J., 17
Activation of Pro-Inflammatory Genes Suggests Pathogen-Associated Molecular Pattern (PAMP) Component in Giardia lamblia Recognized by the Murine Innate Immune System

Scarsdale High School

Frank, David, 17
The Relation of Cell Viability and Adaptability to the Alterations in Mitochondrial Metabolism that Occur in Alzheimer’s Disease

Upper Nyack

Nyack High School

Grossbard, Brooklyn Monica, 17
Secretion of Organic Compounds from Tissue Engineered Adipose on Silk Scaffolds of Differing Sizes Compared to Differing Culture Periods

West Nyack

Clarkstown High School South

Adamovich-Zeitlin, Richard Harris, 17
Steady State Visual Evoked Potential-Based Brain Computer Interface for Binary Communication

Yorktown Heights

Yorktown High School

Child, Benjamin, 17
Solar Water Pasteurization for Use in Disaster Areas and Developing Nations

Chung, Catherine, 17
A Novel Approach to a Low-Cost Solar Water Purification Device: Supplying Clean Drinking Water for Developing Countries

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