Four Named Intel Semifinalists

District Coordinator Theresa Curry, Michael Kusnierek, Albert Kim,  Kevin Tong, Priya Alagesan and Science Research Teacher Alison Huenger
District Coordinator Theresa Curry, Michael Kusnierek, Albert Kim,
Kevin Tong, Priya Alagesan and Science Research Teacher Alison Huenger

The Manhasset semi-finalists projects include: Defining Region-Specific Interactions of Members of the Leading Edge Protein Complex in Saccharomyces cerevisiae by Priya Alagesan, age 17; Environmental Toxins, Oxidative Stress, and Mitochondrial Dysfunction in HTB-11 Cells: New Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease Therapy by Albert Kim, age 18; The Effect of Prolonged Sonication Periods on the Biofilm Formation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa on CNT Polymer Matrices by Michael Kusnierek, age 17; Milk Fat Globule-EGF Factor 8 Alleviates Cell Death in Irradiated Intestinal Epithelial Cells by Kevin Tong, age 17.

The semifinalists of the Intel Science Talent Search 2014 were selected from among 1,794 entrants representing 489 high schools in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and seven overseas schools.

Each semifinalist in the Intel STS 2014 receives a $1,000 award for his or her outstanding research.

Additionally, to recognize excellence in teaching and school support of individual student research, every school will receive an award of $1,000 for each semifinalist named in the Intel STS 2014. This award is used to further excellence in science, math, and/or engineering education.

Colleges and universities regard the Intel STS semifinalist award to be evidence of exceptional academic promise.

The Intel Science Talent Search is the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition. Alumni of STS have made extraordinary contributions to science and hold more than 100 of the world’s most coveted science and math honors, including the Nobel Prize and National Medal of Science. Annually, students entering the Intel STS compete for $1.25 million in awards. From this select pool, 40 finalists are then invited to Washington, D.C. in March to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for the top award of $100,000.

Intel Science Talent Search projects are the product of school districts supporting and providing students access to a research environment in which scientist mentors dedicate themselves to the intellectual development and technical training of students. The 2014 semifinalists, Intel, and Society for Science & the Public acknowledge with gratitude the guidance, expertise, and patience of the experienced researchers who supported many of these projects. The Manhasset High Schoool Science Research program is taught Alison Huenger and Peter Guastella, who guide, train and mentor the students.

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