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RCDS Science Research Students Achieve Recognition at Regeneron Westchester Engineering and Science Fair (WESEF)

On March 16, a team of Science Research students in Grades 10 to 12 presented their research work at Regeneron’s Westchester Science and Engineering Fair (WESEF). Eight students were recognized with awards for their outstanding projects, the most RCDS has had at the event to date. 

The Upper Schoolers’ research projects explored a diverse range of topics spanning biochemistry, health and medicine, astronomy, and more. Students were also mentored by leaders in the field such as IBM, Regeneron, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Hospital for Special Surgery. 

Regeneron WESEF is a local science fair, affiliated with the Regeneron International Science Fair, that serves budding scientists in Westchester, Putnam, and Sullivan counties of New York State. The fair offers high school students from the region the opportunity to present their research to scientists, business leaders, and the general public. Students prepare professional research posters detailing their projects which, in most cases, have involved complex research conducted under the guidance of a professional scientist in their field of interest.

Congratulations, Wildcats!

RCDS Presenters & Award Winners

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

Anika Bhat ’25 
Project: Developing a Maribel Shuttle Phasmid to Introduce Foreign DNA into Mycobacterium M. Smegmatis
Award: Innovations in Biological Sciences Research Award 
Mentor: Albert Einstein School of Medicine 

Sofía Castañeda ’24
Project: Evaluating the Efficacy of Polygenic Risk Score Models Based on Ancestry in a South Asian Population
Award: Excellence in Medical Research Award
Mentor: Regeneron

Alyssa Chu ’25
Enhancing Quantum Communication: Analyzing the Effectiveness and Security of Multipartite Dense Coding
Award: Excellence in Computer Science and Mathematics Award

Jaymin Ding ’25
Classifying Stars by Spectral Type Using Machine Learning
Award: Ingenuity in Math, Physics and Astronomy Award 
Mentor: Dr. Mary Krasovec

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

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

Ishana Kumar ’26 
Project: Can Vaccines be a Tool for Maternal Empowerment? Estimating the Impact of Vaccination on Gender Inequality and Medical Debt
Award: Innovations in Biological Sciences Research Award
Mentor: One Health Trust

Ethan Schales ’25
Analyzing Tropospheric Ozone Dynamics: A Longitudinal Study of Trends in the Northern Hemisphere
Award: NOAA Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award
Mentor: CUNY

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

Jefferson Zhou ’24
Discovering Multi-omic Biomarkers for Prostate Cancer Severity with Random Forest and Transformer-based Models
Award: 4th Place in Bioinformatics 
Mentor: IBM

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Projects covered the topics of physics/astronomy, microbiology, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, medicine and health, environmental science, and computational biology/bioinformatics.