YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Yorktown High School students Andrew Amini, Pradeepa Krish and Cayla Hamann recently won the Acorda Scientific Excellence Award in recognition of their independent research projects. Each of them was interviewed on the Lisa Wexler Show (radio) as part of their award:

  • Inspired by stories of his aunt’s struggles with epilepsy, Amini researched a device that could predict seizures. While EEGs (electroencephalogram) are currently used to diagnose seizures, they require a large number, are only available in-hospital and cannot predict the seizures in advance. Amini’s research suggests it may be possible for a single EEG sensor, implanted just beneath the scalp, may be sufficient to predict seizure onset and severity. He created a smartphone app that could warn people with epilepsy of these impending seizures, which would enable them to take a safe position or administer situation-specific treatment.
  • Krish researched incentives and management styles in small companies versus large corporations. She found that differences in gender (women find flexible hours a greater incentive than men) and ethnicity (minorities found non-financial benefits more incentivizing than did Caucasians), and somewhat surprisingly found that managers at smaller companies tend to be more authoritarian and micromanaging than managers at large corporations.
  • Hamann researched CZTS, a cheaper alternative to traditional solar energy. Her research looked at why there is a wide range of efficiency among CZTS (copper zinc tin sulfide) cells, and found that an uneven distribution of a chemical within the cells is to blame. This is important because if the efficiency of the cells can be better controlled and understood, CZTS could represent a cheaper alternative to traditional solar.

Information in this article was provided by Acorda. Hamann is not pictured.