HSE Researcher Captures International Title

HSE Researcher Captures International Title Photo
HSE Researcher Captures International Title Photo 2
HSE Researcher Captures International Title Photo 3
High School East Science Research student Emily Peterson placed fourth in the cellular and molecular biology category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, California. Her project investigated “Lecithin-Retinol Acyl Transferase in Squamous Cell Carcinoma: The Relationship Between Oncology and Wound Repair.”
 
Intel ISEF gathers more than 1,700 students from 78 countries. In order to qualify to compete at ISEF, students must place first in regional fairs held around the world.

For Smithtown, qualification at the regional New York State Science and Engineering Fair requires not only a first-place finish, but also beating the other first-place winners in the lightning round. Held at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, students presented 7-9 minute talks to accompany poster boards. “Research is not just about how well you know your project, but also about the questions you ask moving forward,” said Maria Zeitlin, High School East science research coordinator.

First-place finishes at NYSSEF from High School East included junior Shrey Thaker and seniors Erika Nemeth, Jillian Pesce, Peterson and Ruisi Zhong. Cindy Li took home third place, Anjali Balamurugan won second place and Sanjana Eranki took home an honorable mention.

The first-place finishers at NYSSEF from High School East traveled to ISEF to compete against student researchers from around the world. East student projects each investigated a unique way to understand the mechanisms and clinical aspects of cancer.