Rye Country Day School juniors James Chen and Maddie Mandell spent part of their spring break competing in the 2018 Regeneron Westchester Science & Engineering Fair. The fair, which showcased approximately 560 projects from 44 schools in the region, is one of the most competitive regional fairs and allows students to qualify directly to compete in the International Science & Engineering Fair.
Maddie was awarded the Society for In Vitro Biology Award in recognition of her outstanding research in the areas of tissue or cell culture of plants or animals in the Microbiology category. Her research project, "Application of Multi-Layer Antimicrobial Coatings on Metal Surfaces," aims to develop a bactericidal, matrix-supported, mixed-metal ion treatment that can be used to prevent healthcare-associated infections, which are estimated to account for 1 in 25 infections in patients treated in hospitals each day.
James competed in the category of Health & Medicine and was awarded the Excellence in Medical Research Award donated by the Westchester Academy of Medicine for projects that aim to improve quality of life and make people healthier. His research project, "Pre-Transplant Proteinuria Predicts Post-Transplant Renal Replacement Therapy and Mortality in Patients Bridged to Cardiac Transplant with Left-Ventricular Assist Devices," found that pre-transplant proteinuria levels are independently useful in risk stratification in the first year following heart transplantation.