SOMERS, N.Y. – Somers Science Research student Alyssa Klee, a junior, has been awarded an Acorda Therapeutics Scientific Excellence Award for her research project.

Her project involves mutating a protein found on the surface of cancer cells to locate the binding site for white blood cells. Identifying this binding site could potentially lead to a decrease in side effects for cancer patients undergoing immunotherapy treatments.

The Acorda Scientific Excellence Award was created to encourage young people to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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Klee will be compete at the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair (WESEF) on Saturday, March 4, at Sleepy Hollow High School along with 25 other members of the Somers Science Research Program at Somers High School. WESEF offers high school students from Westchester and Putnam counties an opportunity to present their research to scientists, business leaders and the general public. Students prepare a poster detailing their projects which, in most cases, have involved complex research conducted under the guidance of a professional researcher in their field of interest.

The top 10 individual projects and top three teams will be awarded the honor of representing Westchester and Putnam counties at INTEL ISEF, where they will compete with over 1,500 top high school research students from over 50 different countries worldwide.

If you are interested in being a judge at the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair and have a master’s or higher with at least two years of research experience, please visit to sign-up.