Eighty-nine students from 33 Long Island high schools competed in the 2010 Long Island Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) Regional held in March at the Charles B. Wang Center. Students were selected from more than 270 research paper submissions. Bruce LaMattina from the U.S. Army Research Office, one of the sponsors of the National JSHS, was there to observe and judge presentations and to address the students.
The JSHS program is in its 48th year and promotes original research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics at the high school level and publicly recognizes students for outstanding achievement. The JSHS is supported by the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force.
2010 Award Winners
First Place ($2,000): Alyssa Blumenthal, Long Beach High School
Second Place ($1,500): Celline Kim, Manhasset High School
Third Place ($1,000): Amit Vora, Manhasset High School
Fourth Place ($500) CESAME Merit Award: Alexis Tchaconas, Commack High School (mentored by Lorna Role, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, and David Talmage, Department of Pharmacological Sciences)
Fifth Place ($500) CESAME Merit Award: Ghazal Erfani, Plainview–Old Bethpage JFK High School
The above winners will also receive expense-paid travel to the 48th National JSHS Symposium in Bethesda, Maryland, from April 28 through May 2. The first- and second-place finalists are invited to present their original research for additional scholarships on the national level.
2010 Regional Finalists
Kimberleigh Costanzo, Plainedge High School (mentored by Jeffrey Segal, Department of Political Science)
Brandon Li, Jericho Senior High School (mentored by Benjamin Hsiao, Department of Chemistry)
Erica Portnoy, Commack High School (mentored by David Thanassi, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology)
Pooja Rambhia, Jericho Senior High School (mentored by Miriam Rafailovich, Department of Materials Science and Engineering)
They received signed JSHS certificates and Apple iPod Nanos for their accomplishments on being selected as finalists.