In an exciting historic first, 100% of Westlake Science Research students, led by WHS science teacher Lawrence McIntyre,won awards at the 2019 Regeneron-Westchester Science and Engineering Fair (WESEF)! More than 670 students from 41 Westchester and Putnam high schools gave poster presentations of their original research in the fields of life science, physical science, environmental studies, psychology and engineering at this highly competitive science fair on Saturday, March 16, 2019.
Senior Christopher Bauco won 2nd Place in Earth Science and received a silver medal and $100. Chris conducted his original research An Analysis of 250,000 Years of Paleoclimate in the Subpolar North Atlantic Using Foraminifera δ18O, and Ice Rafted Debris Proxies at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, NY.
Juniors Colleen Bradley & Nicole Musial won 3rd Place in Cellular & Molecular Biology and received bronze medals and $75. Colleen and Nicole conducted their original research Investigating the Impact of the Target Gene NOX4 on Mitochrondrial Function in Type II Diabetes-Induced Heart Failure at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY.
Senior Lee Cohen won 3rd Place in Animal Science and received a bronze medal and $75. Lee also won the American Meteorological Society Award for "creative scientific endeavor in atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences," and received a certificate. Lee conducted his original research Solving the Puzzle: The Decision-Making of Eusocial vs. Non-Eusocial Organisms While Foraging in a Maze at Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Senior Stephen Donato won 4th Place in Behavioral & Social Sciences and received a medallion and $50. Stephen conducted his original research Suffering in Silence: The Hidden Effects of Caregiving on Stress, Employment and Health at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY.
Junior Kenny Dronzek won 4th Place in Medicine & Health and received a medallion and $50. Kenny conducted his original research A Better Band-Aid? Analysis of the Physical and Antimicrobial Properties of Wound Protection Devices at Polymeric Converting, LLC, in Enfield, CT.
Junior Olivia Eng won 2nd Place in Plant Sciences and received a silver medal and $100. Olivia conducted her original research A Deforestation Investigation: The Effect of Deer Herbivory on Tree Regeneration of Beaver Stumps at Teatown Lake Reservation Nature Preserve and Education Center in Ossining, NY.
Junior Paul Gschneidner won the Ricoh Sustainable Development Award for "outstanding efforts in addressing issues of environmental responsibility and sustainable development," and received a certificate. Paul conducted his original engineering research A Cleaner, More Cost-Efficient Refrigerator? Analyzing a Prototype Plate Stack for a Magnetocaloric Regenerator at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.
Junior Caleb Levitt won 3rd Place in Plant Sciences and received a bronze medal and $75. Caleb conducted his original research A New Method for Understanding Plant Evolution: Developing Phylogenetic Trees Using a Qualitative Pollen Morphology Matrix at the New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, NY.
Junior Liam Naughton won the Excellence in Medical Research Award for "top medicine & Health, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, microbiology, and neuroscience research projects," and received $25. Liam conducted his original medicine & health research Genetic Analysis of a Possible Correlation Between Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia and Polymorphisms in the sFLT-1 Pathway in Preterm Infants at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY.
Junior Roman Raguso won 4th Place in Computer Science and received a medallion and $50. Roman conducted his original research Using Computer Vision Technology to Digitally Detect Deer in Autonomous Vehicles through Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI.
Senior Faith Summers won the Office of Naval Research Award for "outstanding projects in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics," and received $50. Faith conducted her original computational biology & bioinformatics research Targeting Antibiotic Resistance: A Genomic Analysis of Serratia Marcescens Clinical Isolates at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY.
Junior Jake Szeszko won 2nd Place in Behavioral & Social Sciences and received a silver medal and $100. Jake conducted his original research An fMRI Investigation of the Relationship Between Habituation and Amygdala Activation in Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder and Suicidal Behaviors at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York, NY.
Mr. McIntyre would like to give special thanks to the Mount Pleasant Education Foundation for a generous grant to buy a large format printer for our posters, and to the Gschneidner family for generous donations to buy the materials to build the poster boards. Thank you also to Bill Fernandez, Donald Florin and Ricky Guido for building new wooden poster boards, and to Dawn McFarland for her invaluable technological help printing the posters. Also a huge thank you to Brian McClintock and Ken Amann for their numerous statistical consultations that helped raise these projects to even higher levels, and to librarian Mary Knopp for her invaluable help finding obscure science journal articles. Finally thank you to all the teachers, administrators, staff, parents, alumni and friends who helped the students practice their presentations, and to Keith Schenker and the Board of Education for their continued support. These students could not have made their impressive achievements without the help of the entire Westlake community.
Congratulations to all on an amazing accomplishment!