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19 SBU Summer Research High School Students Named Intel Semifinalist
Simons 2014 HS
Pictured are the 2014 Simons Summer Research High School Students. Stony Brook University hosts many other HS summer programs including the Garcia Research Scholar program, CESAME programs, as well as students involved in independent faculty-mentored research.

STONY BROOK, N.Y., January 8, 2015 – Nineteen (19) Stony Brook University summer research high school students were named semifinalists in the prestigious 2015 Intel Science Talent Search. These young researchers were selected for the research they did while participating in various Stony Brook University summer programs where they worked in labs with renowned faculty, graduate and undergraduate student mentors. Winners were chosen from more than 1,800 entries, the highest number since 1998.

Following is the elite list of young researchers who participated in summer research programs including the Simons Summer Research Program and the Garcia Center: Polymers at Engineered Interfaces – Research Scholar Program:

Semifinalist: Aswin Bikkani, Westlake HS, Westlake, OH
Mentor: Dr. Aaron Neiman, Biochemistry & Cell Biology

Semifinalist: Emma Dong, Manhasset HS, Manhasset, NY
Mentor: Dr. Ya Wang, Mechanical Engineering

Semifinalist: Charles Gulian, Ossining HS, Ossining, NY
Mentor: Dr. Michal Simon, Physics & Astronomy

Semifinalist: Robbin Jang, William Shine Great Neck S. HS, Great Neck, NY
Mentor: Dr. Peter Tonge, Chemistry

Semifinalist: Jessica Ju, Ward Melville HS/ *InSTAR, E. Setauket, NY
Mentor: Dr. Jiwon Yun, Linguistics

Semifinalist: Arjun Kapoor, The Wheatley School, Old Westbury, NY
Mentor: Dr. Yuefan Deng, Applied Mathematics & Statistics

Semifinalist: Jessica Kim, Manhasset HS, Manhasset, NY
Mentor: Dr. Miriam Rafailovich, Materials Science & Engineering

Semifinalist: Zach Marcone, Kings Park HS, Kings Park, NY
Mentor: Dr. Michael Rijssenbeek, Physics & Astronomy

Semifinalist: Ien Li, Jericho HS, Jericho,NY
Mentor: Dr. Christine DeLorenzo, Psychiatry

Semifinalist: Scott Massa, Commack HS, Commack, NY
Mentors: Dr. David Talmage, Pharmacological Sciences; Dr. Lorna Role, Neurobiology

Semifinalist: Saranesh Prembabu, Doughery Valley HS, CA
Mentor: Dr. Matthew Dawber, Physics & Astronomy

Semifinalist: Ilana Radinsky, Stella K Abraham HS for Girls, Hewlett Bay Park, NY
Mentor: Dr. Miriam Rafailovich, Materials Science & Engineering

Semifinalist: Vaishnavi Shrivastava, Mission San Jose HS, CA
Mentor: Dr. Yixian Qin, Biomedical Engineering

Semifinalist: Eric Wang, Ward Melville HS/ *InSTAR, E. Setauket, NY
Mentors: Dr. Benjamin ChuDr. Benjamin Hsiao, and Dr. Hongyang Ma, Chemistry

Semifinalist: Ji Whan (Kevin) Yoon, Oxford Academy, Cypress, CA
Mentors: Dr. Benjamin Chu & Dr. Benjamin Hsiao, Chemistry

Semifinalist: Glenn Yu, Hunter College HS, NY
Mentor: Dr. Iwao Ojima, Chemistry

Semifinalist: Gina Yuan, Dougherty Valley HS, San Ramon, CA
Mentor: Dr. Dilip Gersappe, Materials Science & Engineering

Semifinalist: Vivian Zhong, Syosset HS, Syosset NY
Mentor: Dr. Arthur Samuel, Psychology

Semifinalist: Jay Zussman, William Shine Great Neck S. HS, Great Neck, NY
Mentor: Dr. Nancy Hollingsworth, Biochemistry & Cell Biology

2015 Intel Science Talent Search contest this year features an expanded pot of prize money, including three first-place awards of $150,000 each. Additionally, each semifinalist named today wins $1,000, plus an equal amount for his or her school. The contest will recognize achievement in three distinct areas: Basic Research, which is more theoretical in nature; Global Good, which addresses real-world problems; and Innovation, which emphasizes creativity.  40 finalists will be named on January 21, 2015.

For more information regarding the Intel semifinalists mentored at Stony Brook, their research, and their Stony Brook mentors visit https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/simons/intel.html*.


*Please note this site is constantly being updated and may not reflect all winners at the time of your visit. 

Reporter Contact: Alida Almonte
Stony Brook University; Office of Media Relations
631-632-6310; www.stonybrook.edu/news; @sbunewsdesk



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