Six students in the Smithtown East ThINK Discovery Science Research Program have placed in Stony Brook University’s Young Investigators Writing Competition!
Students were asked to writing thought-provoking responses to one of four prompts in controversial topics in science: the ethics of xenotransplantation, investing in biofuels, devoting resources toward space tourism, and the ethical ramifications of AI-inspired art.
Jessica Penna (11th grade) and Jennifer Zhong (12th grade) were each awarded 2nd place for their essays on xenotransplantation. Shriyans Singh and Charlene Chen (both 11th grade) placed 2nd for their essays on biofuels and space tourism respectively. Sanjivani Singh (11th grade) placed 3rd for her biofuel essay and HolyMary Zaher (12th grade) received Honorable Mention for her xenotransplantation submission.
“All of these students exhibited one of the fundamental important qualities of being a scientist, namely the ability to articulate science in lay-person terms and with careful understanding of the human factor that goes into opinion formation of controversial topics in science,” said Maria Zeitlin, the East research program coordinator. “The students have to first learn a great deal about their topic before any writing can begin. They then must make an informed opinion and express it in such a way as to be readable and informative. I am so proud of these students for working so hard to communicate science in a meaningful way.”
Photo (left to right) Mr. Robert Rose (Principal) , Ms. Maria Zeitlin (Science Research Coordinator),
Shriyans Singh, Jennifer Zhong, Sanjivani Singh, Charlene Chen, Jessica Penna, HolyMary Zaher, Dr. Stephanie O’Brien (Science Director, K-12)