27 Westchester Students Among Regeneron’s Science Talent Search Scholars

The talent scholar semifinalists were selected from 1,964 applications from 601 different high schools.

By Liana Givner


Lakeland High School’s semifinalist Jothi Ramaswamy, 17, with County Executive George Latimer and Hala Mirza, SVP Corporate Communications and Citizenship at Regeneron.

Westchester County is proud to celebrate 27 students chosen among Regeneron’s Science Talent Search (STS) semifinalists from across the country. High school seniors named as scholars, exhibit their passion for science and learning while participating in the nation’s most prestigious high school science competition.

The talent scholar semifinalists were selected from 1,964 applications from 601 different high schools. Applications were received from 48 states, two U.S. territories and even eligible students living in seven other countries. This year; however, there were 27 high school seniors from Westchester County that were selected.

Related: These 4 Westchester High School Students Are Among Regeneron’s Science Talent Search Finalists

STS chose the semifinalists based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists.

Of these 300 students, 40 of them will become Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists next week and travel to Washington, D.C. to compete for an upwards of $1.8 million allocated by Regeneron in rewards.

Ardsley High School’s semifinalist Alexandra Rivera, 17, with County Executive George Latimer and Hala Mirza, SVP Corporate Communications and Citizenship at Regeneron.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer, teachers, and other students celebrated these 27 scholars, honoring their innovative work and dedication, on January 17 at the Regeneron campus. They were awarded with certificates of merit, and congratulatory banners for their schools

The scholars include:

Ardsley High School

Rivera, Alexandra, 17

A Step in Understanding Glacial Flow: Exploring the Effects of Entrained Insoluble Debris on Mechanical Properties of Polycrystalline Ice

Byram Hills High School (Armonk)

Abbruzzese, Samantha, 17

Examining the Role of Transcription Factors, Nr4a1, Foxp1, and Olig2, in the Development of Medium Spiny Neurons from the q175 Mouse Model of Huntington’s Disease

Chang, Alan, 17

Utilizing a Novel Machine Learning Pipeline for Single-Cell Transcriptomic Characterization of a Remodeled Tumor Microenvironment

Chernoff, Rachel, 17

Characterizing the Source of Microglia Proliferation Following Ischemic Preconditioning

Colella-Albino, Alessandra, 18

Examining Variability Across Neuropsychological Test Results as an Indicator of Post- Treatment Cognitive Change in Cancer Patients Over Time

Jacobs, Ethan, 17

Optimizing and Applying Environmental DNA (eDNA) Detection Methods to Analyze the Presence of River Otters in the Northeast

Perlman, Brent, 17

Human Photosynthesis: Functional Chloroplast Sequestration in Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Schwam, Jonah, 18

Elucidating the Role of Muscle Stem Cell Correction in Regenerating Muscle in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: The Development of a Novel CRISPR/Cas9-Mediated Gene Knock-in System

Briarcliff High School

Daefler, Anna-Samsara, 17

Mesoderm Formation and Nodal Signaling in Zebrafish Embryos and Blastoderm Explants​

Horace Greeley High School (Chappaqua)

Kumar, Chirag, 17

A Machine Learning Approach to Estimating the Error in Satellite Sea Surface Temperature Measurements

Singh, Aditi, 17

Descriptive and Normative Accounts of Color Localization Performance in Visual Short-Term Memory

Zhang, Anna, 17

Design and Analysis of an Artificial Intelligence Based System for Real-Time Detection of Texting and Driving

Walter Panas High School (Cortlandt Manor)

Bhandarkar, Riti, 17

Phylogenetics and Diversification of Pipreola riefferii, an Andean Fruiteater​

John Jay High School (Cross River)

Sherr, Heather, 17

The Correlation of Sodium Palmitate Acetate to Metabolic Memory via Reactive Oxygen Species in Hyperglycemic Neonatal Rat Ventricular Myocytes​

Croton-Harmon High School (Croton-on-Hudson)

Stok, Melissa, 18

Printing the Path: Studying a Gelatin-Alginate Composite Hydrogel for Translation of 3D Bioprinting Research

Irvington High School

Dunefsky, Jacob, 17

WellPATH: A Mobile Application to Reduce Suicidal Ideation in Seniors

Horowitz, Annie, 18

Elucidating New Species of Distichopathes (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Hexacorallia: Antipatharia)

Somers High School (Lincolndale)

Joseph, Rachel, 18

Optimization of Thermal Hydrolysis for Increased Biogas Generation in Wastewater Treatment

Ossining High School

Montgomery, Emma, 18

Improved Base Editors and a Novel Sensor Assay Advance Gene Editing Technology

Sukumar, John, 17

Elucidating the Factors that Induce Hyperfocus in Adolescents with Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Through the Use of a Novel Time-Constrained Stroop Task

Ocheltree, Elliot, 17

Designing Aerodynamic Shapes Through the Novel Combination of Computational Fluid Dynamics, Pressure Difference Minimization and Erosive Techniques

Pelham Memorial High School

Wong, Caitlin, 17

Assessing the Plasticity of Pain Through the Lens of People with Limb Loss

Edgemont High School (Scarsdale)

Jang, Angie, 18

Investigating the Role of Cell Cycle State During Convergent Extension in D. rerio​

Lakeland Senior High School (Shrub Oak)

Ramaswamy, Jothi, 17

A Machine Learning Approach to Classifying Brain Cell Types Based on Functional Connectivity in the Primary Visual Cortex

Yorktown High School

Satpute, Sayli, 17

A Validation of Sepsis Prediction Scores for Poor Outcome

Shah, Shrila, 17

Improving Lung Cancer Treatment Planning and Delivery Using an Artificially Intelligent Real-time Quantification of Lung Lobe Structures from CT

Yang, Diane, 18

Varying Aspect Ratios of Self-Sustaining Piezoelectric Energy Harvesters

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