HG's Science Research program shines at WESEF

On March 16, Horace Greeley High School had 29 Science Research students compete against 650+ students from area high schools at the 19th Annual Regeneron Westchester Science and Engineering Fair hosted by Sleepy Hollow High School.

Students showcased their multi-year research projects, in the form of a formal poster presentation, and were adjudicated by local experts in the fields of life science, physical science, environmental studies, psychology, engineering, and business. Each student had 7 minutes to present his/her research followed by an 8-minute Q&A period with a judge.

29 students competed, taking home 9 medals, 7 Special Awards, and 1 invitation to the International GENIUS Olympiad in June.

Congratulations to this year’s participants. . .

Animal Sciences

Hannah Cohen - Using Ocean Current Modeling to Study Juvenile Loggerhead Sea Turtle Migration off Southern California - 4th Place

Anabelle Johnston - Comparison of Overwintering Ixodes scapularis Oviposition Patterns and Larval Activity - Environmental Perspiration Award

Behavioral & Social Sciences

Jordan Klein - A More Ecologically-Relevant Paradigm For Decision-Making Under Uncertainty

Alexa Krugel - High School Health Students' Attitudes Toward Mental Illness: A Comparative Analysis of Demographics and Attitudes Toward Depression - American Psychological Association Award

Elizabeth Mortati - The Differential Effects of Belongingness, Success, Isolation, and Failure on Sadness, Negative Affect, and Meaning in Life - 2nd Place

Aditi Singh - Descriptive and Normative Accounts of Color Localization Performance in Visual Short-term Memory - Critical Behavioral Science Achievement Award


Zachary Eichenberger - Engineering an Enzyme for Production of Cyclopropanated Fatty Acids

Cellular & Molecular Biology

Holly Cheng - Utilizing CRISPR/Cas9 to Up-regulate Fetal Hemoglobin in Primary Mouse Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells - 3rd Place; Office of Naval Research Award

Sarah Platkin - Effect of CRISPR/Cas9 Mediated Gene 33 deletion on Cr(VI) - transformed bronchial epithelial cells - Innovation in Biological Sciences Research Award

Computational Biology/Bioinformation

Liam Curtis - A Cross-Sectional Analysis of the Association between E-Cigarette Usage and Anxiety Disorders in Young Adults

Chirag Kumar - A Bayesean Approach to Predicting Imported Malaria Spread Through Global Air Travel - 2nd Place

Isha Puri - A Novel Method for Generating Reliable Explanations for Machine Learning decisions and its applications to AI Systems for Medical Imaging - 4th Place

Alec Xiang - Interpretable Skin Lesion Diagnosis with Deep Learning - 3rd Place; Advances to the International GENIUS Olympiad, competing against 1,200+ students from 70+ countries in June at SUNY Oswego.

Computer Science

Nicolas Eichenberger - Data Science for Wildfire Research - Teatown Young Conservationalist Award

Anna Zhang - Design and Analysis of an Artificial Intelligence Based System for Real-Time Detection of Texting and Driving

Aron Zhao - Explorations in Applying Artificial Neural Networks to Predict the Foreign Exchange Market

Massimiliano de Sa - Factors Dictating the Efficiency of Internal Combustion Engines: Evaluating Current and Advanced Combustion Modes - 4th Place

Nathan Huang - Improving Performance and Temperature Regulation of Solar Panels through the Application of a PMMA Layer - ASM Materials Education Foundation Award

Environmental Sciences

Bryce Gell - Optimizing Underwater Video Monitoring of Biological Assemblages Around FADs (Fish Aggregation Devices)

Sheng Guo - Role of Values and Beliefs in Environmental Legacies

Drew McMillan - Role of Values and Beliefs in Environmental Legacies
Medicine & Health

Alan Gu - Does Time in Therapeutic Range for Tacrolimus Predict Freedom From Rejection in Intestinal Transplantation - 4th Place

Tyler Keller - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Immigrants Seeking Asylum

Divya Kishore - Inorganic arsenic induces fatty liver disease in zebrafish when administered post-liver development - 4th Place

Robby Tunick - Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Children with Congenital Heart Disease: Birth Cohort Annual Follow-Up


Charlotte Lerner - The Effect of Ethidium Bromide on Multiple Tryptophan Residues in EmrE


Henry Blair - Role of Estrogen in Pattern Changes

Physics & Astronomy

Sarah Kugelmas - Magnetization of Doped Two-Dimensional Materials

Plant Science

Sophie Nadel - Managing Cucurbit Powdery Mildew in 2018: A Fungicide Sensitivity Bioassay

Mark your calendars for the Horace Greeley High School Science Research Symposium on Tuesday, May 21 beginning at 6:30pm. Seniors will present their project as the culmination of their three-year journey, and juniors and sophomores will showcase their work-in-progress as a poster presentation.

The Science Research program offered at Horace Greeley High School requires a three-year commitment from students and gives them the opportunity to pursue areas of interest in science by providing meaningful, hands-on learning experiences. The goal of this course is to give students the opportunity to pursue areas of interest in science by providing meaningful, hands-on learning experiences that enable students to access and critically analyze information, pose substantive questions, and communicate effectively. It requires a three-year commitment on the part of the student and they are responsible for finding a mentor, developing a research plan and conducting their own research.

Typically, students spend 6-10 hours per week working on their research. Some students experience several months of working in a lab or science facility with science or technology mentors who provide guidance and supervision as students conduct their research, while others have chosen to work in the high school labs closely monitored by their teachers. The types of research projects students are working on this year include robotics, mathematics, computer programming, microbiology, engineering, earth science, and environmental studies. They also are required to write a scientific abstract and paper, and present their findings orally at the Greeley Science Symposium.