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2024 Upper School Science Research Symposium

The 2024 Science Research Symposium showcased the work of Grades 10, 11, and 12 students in the Upper School Science Research course.

In these advanced classes, students completed in-depth research projects exploring various topics such as: physics/astronomy, microbiology, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, medicine and health, environmental science, and computational biology/bioinformatics. The students worked with mentors from a variety of reputable institutions, including IBM, Regeneron, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Hospital for Special Surgery. 

“I'm so proud of all these students, who poured countless hours into their projects, with many dedicating over 400+ hours.” —Jen Doran, Upper School Science Teacher

Congratulations to our student scientists!

2024 Upper School Science Research Symposium Projects

Dana Balin ’25
Project: Mapping Multi-Dimensional Melanoma Image Data on a Two-Dimensional Plane 
Mentor: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Course: Science Research 

Anika Bhat ’25 
Project: Developing a Maribel Shuttle Phasmid to Introduce Foreign DNA into Mycobacterium M. Smegmatis 
Recognition: Innovations in Biological Sciences Research Award, 2024 Westchester Engineering and Science Fair  (WESEF)
Mentor: Albert Einstein School of Medicine
Course: Science Research 

Sofía Castañeda ’24
Project: Evaluating the Efficacy of Polygenic Risk Score Models Based on Ancestry in a South Asian Population
Recognition: Excellence in Medical Research Award, 2024 Westchester Engineering and Science Fair  (WESEF)
Mentor: Regeneron
Course: Science Research 

Alyssa Chu ’25
Project: Enhancing Quantum Communication: Analyzing the Effectiveness and Security of Multipartite Dense Coding
Recognition: Excellence in Computer Science and Mathematics Award, 2024 Westchester Engineering and Science Fair  (WESEF)
Course: Science Research 

Jaymin Ding ’25 
Project: Classifying Stars by Spectral Type Using Machine Learning
Recognition: Ingenuity in Math, Physics and Astronomy Award 
Mentor: Dr. Mary Krasovec
Courses: Science Research & YPT

Henry Fogel ’25 and Charlie Pearle ’26
Project: The Effects of Neuromuscular Training Delivered via Mobile Application to High School Athletes
Mentor: Hospital of Special Surgery
Course: Science Research 

Jonah Gurion ’24 
Project: The CRISPR/Cas9 Mediated Knockin of the ZAP70 Gene for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disease 
Mentor: Regeneron
Course: Science Research 

Ishana Kumar ’26
Project: Can vaccines be a tool for maternal empowerment? Estimating the impact of vaccination on gender inequality and medical debt
Recognition: Innovations in Biological Sciences Research Award, 2024 Westchester Engineering and Science Fair  (WESEF)
Course: Science Research 

Ethan Schales ’25
Project: Analyzing Tropospheric Ozone Dynamics: A Longitudinal Study of Trends in the Northern Hemisphere
Recognition: NOAA Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award, 2024 Westchester Engineering and Science Fair  (WESEF)
Course: Science Research 

Leah Steyn ’25
Project: Developing a Lyophilization Platform for Bulk Drug Substance Monoclonal Antibodies to Achieve Ultra High Concentration Drug Products 
Recognitions: 1st place in Biochemistry and Using the Arts to Grow the STEM Workforce Award 
Mentor: Regeneron
Course: Science Research 

Jefferson Zhou ’24
Project: Discovering Multi-omic Biomarkers for Prostate Cancer Severity with Random Forest and Transformer-based Models
Recognition: 4th Place in Bioinformatics, 2024 Westchester Engineering and Science Fair  (WESEF)
Mentor: IBM
Course: Science Research 

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