Four out of 40 finalists selected nationwide in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search (STS) research competition for high school seniors did their prize-winning work with Stony Brook faculty. These 2010 Intel STS finalists include Yuval Calev, Ward Melville High School, who worked with Arthur Samuel in Psychology; Ruoyi Jiang, Ward Melville High School, who worked with Carlos Simmerling in Chemistry; Paul Masih Das, Lawrence High School, who worked with Miriam Rafailovich in Materials Science and Engineering; and Joshua Pfeffer, North Shore Hebrew Academy, who worked with Martin Rocek in Physics and Astronomy/C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics.
These Intel STS finalists will be presenting their work at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., in mid-March and will compete for more than $630,000 in awards. Jiang was also awarded the $100,000 Grand Prize (individual) in the 2009 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology.
Out of the 300 Intel STS semifinalists announced in January, 34 did their research under the mentorship of Stony Brook faculty from the departments of Anesthesiology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, the Dental School-Oral Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Geosciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Medicine, Neurobiology and Behavior, Pharmacological Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Psychology, the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, and/or the C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics.