5 Syosset students among small group named Regeneron scholars

Five Syosset high school seniors and 36 other Long Island students were selected from more than 1,700 national and international students.

News 12 Staff

Jan 12, 2021, 1:16 PM

Updated 1,195 days ago

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Dozens of high school students have been named 2021 Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars, including five impressive researchers from Syosset.
Five Syosset high school seniors and 36 other Long Island students were selected from more than 1,700 national and international students.
Each student submitted original research in critically important scientific fields of study.
Each will receive a $2,000 award with an additional $2,000 award going to the school to support STEM education.
The students now are hoping to be among 40 finalists, who will be named later this month.
Learn more about the five Syosset students and their accomplishments (via Syosset schools):
Aryan Ghotra completed his project "Mathematical Models of Quaternary Body Equilibria" under the direction of Ms. Erin O'Rourke at Syosset High School, studying quaternary systems in order to find an approximate solution. This solution could be used to find the most optimal combination of concentrations of bridging species and values of dissociation constants in various reactions, such as various chemical reactions.
Maiya Raghu completed her project "The Effect of Blue Light and Epigallocatechin Gallate on Oxidative Stress in Caenorhabaitis elegans" over the last two years at the Syosset High School laboratory. Maiya studied the damaging effects of blue light on the model organism, C. elegans, as well as possible remedies for these effects.
Giselle Rasquinha has worked on her HIV research for her project "Novel Strategies Targeting Entry and Membrane Fusions Steps in the Viral Life-Cycle to Enhance Potency and Stability of HIV-1 Inhibitors and Inactivators" at the Lindsley Kimball Research Institute in New York City, under the direction of Dr. Lanying Du for the past three years. She has been studying a new treatment for HIV, in order to inhibit the virus from infecting healthy cells.
Isabella Souza's project "Seeing Through the Scan: The Impact of fMRI Evidence on Juror Satisfaction and Verdicts," was completed this spring under the direction of Mr. Andrew Manzo at Syosset High School. Isabella was interested in the effect that scientific evidence had on jury decisions and asked fellow students to read through evidence and trial transcripts.
Eric Wang's project, "Investigation of Novel Anti-Cancer Effects of Oxymatrine and Deferoxamine on Neuroblastoma," was completed at SUNY Old Westbury under the direction of Dr. Wei Zhu studying neuroblastoma treatment. Wang studied neuroblastoma tumors, specifically focusing on the anti-metastasis and anti-cancer effects of the medication deferoxamine in combination with the naturally occurring Chinese herb extract oxymatrine.


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