Students excel at WESEF 2021

On March 15-18, Science Research students at Horace Greeley High School competed virtually against students from area high schools at this year's Regeneron Westchester Science and Engineering Fair.

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.

They took home 7 medals, 10 Special Awards, and 1 invitation to the International GENIUS Olympiad in June.

Congratulations to this year’s participants. . .

Kaitlin Blakeslee - Innovations in Biological Sciences Award - Medicine & Health
PPS Maculopathy: Retinal Toxicity Associated with Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium

Anna Callaghan - Critical Behavioral Science Achievement Award
The Significance of Mindful Eating for Patients Suffering from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease that have Discontinued their Proton Pump Inhibitors

Skylar Choi - Momentive Inventing Possibilities Award -Biochemistry
Improvement of Renewable Bioenergy Production in Microbial Fuel Cells with Saponin Supplementation

Ryan Guber - ASM Materials Education Foundation Award - Research Fellow Invitation at SK Laboratories - 2nd Place - Engineering
Detection of SARS-CoV-2 Virus & COVID-19 Breath-Borne Biomarkers Using a DNA-Functionalized Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Sensor Array: A Breath-Based COVID-19 Diagnostic Test

Anna Hallac - Momentive Inventing Possibilities Award - Engineering
Using Time Lag Cross Correlations and Real Power Differences as Possible Metrics for Solar Power Forecasting

Sofia Jacobson - 4th Place - Medicine & Health
Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Perspectives and Barriers Among Healthcare Providers Caring for Childhood Cancer Survivors

Jason Kang - 3rd Place - Cellular & Molecular
The Effect of ARM210 on Calstabin-2 levels in various ex vivo SARS-CoV-2 infected brain tissues

Sumer Moudgill - 2nd Place - Physics and Astronomy
Removal of Power Line Noise in LIGO Data

Anna Paskowitz - Carl Zeiss Curiosity in Research Award
High Intensity Prolonged Endurance Activity Correlation to Abnormal Cardiac Strain as Measured by Speckle Tracking Echocardiography

Anika Puri - 2nd Place - Environmental Science
A Novel Real-Time Poacher Detection Solution for Wildlife Conservation using Spatio-temporal Infrared Video Data.
Anika advanced to the International GENIUS Olympiad and will compete against students from around the world in June.

Lori Saxena - Expanding Knowledge in Science Award
Circadian Process in Prostate Cancer and Type 2 Diabetes

Linda Sun - US Agency for International Development Science Champion Award in Earth Science
Long-Term Solar Radiation Patterns Across the Contiguous United States: A Map-Based Statistical Analysis

Kate Wohl - 2nd Place - Behavioral & Social Science
PTSD Participants Demonstrate More Volatile Responses to Conditioned Stimuli During Fear Conditioning 

Zoya Yan - 2nd Place - Behavioral & Social Science
The Role of Cognitive Control Mechanisms in Overcoming Event Boundaries in Episodic Memory Formation

Jonathan Zhou - Ricoh Sustainable Development Award
Methanol Disproportionation to Formaldehyde on VO+ Modified Reduced Rutile TiO2

The Science Research program offered at Horace Greeley High School requires a three-year commitment. The course affords students the opportunity to pursue areas of interest in science by providing meaningful, hands-on learning experiences. Students access and critically analyze information, pose substantive questions, and communicate effectively. The students 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.