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Long Island Science Congress NY State winners!

May 13, 2024

Two outstanding High School West science research students have been awarded Highest Honors at the Long Island Science Congress and will be going on to present their work at the New York State Science Congress.

Juniors Nicole Gullason and Natasha Mishra, have been studying the mechanisms by which microplastics increase the frequency and duration of Harmful Algal Blooms. The title of their work is A Novel Connection Between Microplastics & Algal Bloom Accumulations: The Effects of Microplastics on Algal Consumptions (Nannochloropsis) by Primary Consumers (Artemia salina).

High School West Science Research Coordinator, Dr. Joanne Figueiredo, exclaims, “We are so proud of these amazing young scientists, their intense curiosity and passion for science is the secret ingredient to their success!”

The competition will take place at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology in Syracuse on June 9th.

Pictured at Long Island Science Congress, Nicole Gullason (left) and Natasha Mishra (right)

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