Somers Science Research Program Finishes Record Year

Nimat Maloney, teacher William Maelia,  Maya Berlinger and Maya Watt at the I-SWEEEP competition in Houston, Texas Credits: William Maelia

SOMERS, N.Y. - The Somers High School Science Research Program had a record number of students compete at international science competitions this past school year. The following competitions had students from Somers competing in them:

Intel Science Talent Search: The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition. Annually, students entering the Intel STS compete for more than $1.6 million in awards. Only 300 students are announced as semifinalists each year. From this select pool, 40 finalists are then invited to Washington, D.C. in March to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for three top awards of $150,000 each. Alumni of STS hold more than 100 of the world’s most coveted science and math honors, including the Nobel Prize and National Medal of Science.

Somers Semifinalists:

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• Casey Zorn (12th grade)—Assessing the Durability of a Micro-Scale Inverted Downdraft Gasifier

• Maya Berlinger (12th grade)—Proving the Synthetic Lethal Interaction between ARID1A and EZH2 in Hepatocellular Carcinoma

International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, Environment Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP): Houston, Texas welcomed hundreds of international visitors to the world’s largest international science fair focusing energy, engineering, and environment. At the ninth annual I-SWEEEP, 385 highly qualified projects from 62 countries were displayed at the George R. Brown Convention Center during the week of April 27-May 1. Five-hundred and sixty-four young high school researchers and 300 teachers traveled to Houston for this event. Participants enjoyed the opportunity to meet other students from different parts of the world while seeing that they are not alone in their commitment to find solutions to the globe’s sustainability problems.

Somers Finalists:

• Nimat Maloney (12th grade)—Assessment of the Stability and Durability of Pt/C and AuPt/C Nanocatalysts in Proton Exchange membrane Fuel Cells

• Maya Berlinger (12th Grade)—Proving the Synthetic Lethal Interaction between ARID1A and EZH2 in Hepatocellular Carcinoma

• Maya Watt (11th Grade)—Copper-Infused Ceramic Pots as an Effective Water Filter

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF): The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP), is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. Approximately 1,700 high school students from more 75 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for approximately $4 million in prizes. Today, millions of students worldwide compete each year in local and school-sponsored science fairs; the winners of these events go on to participate in SSP-affiliated regional and state fairs from which the best win the opportunity to attend Intel ISEF.

Somers Finalists:

• Manisha Kunala (12th grade)—Comparing Gene Expression in the Hippocampal Formation of Animals Subjected to Chronic Stress vs. Controls

• Nimat Maloney (12th Grade)—Assessment of the Stability and Durability of Pt/C and AuPt/C Nanocatalysts in Proton Exchange membrane Fuel Cells

William Maelia is a science research teacher at Somers High School.

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