Eight Westlake Science Research students won awards at the 18th Annual Regeneron - Westchester Science and Engineering Fair (WESEF)--including Westlake's first ever International Genius Olympiad Grand Prize! Over 600 top science students from 40 high schools presented their original science research in this highly competitive poster competition on Saturday, March 17, 2018. Please join science research teacher Lawrence McIntyre in congratulating the following students for their impressive achievements:
Junior Bryan Mesquita won a Grand Prize all-expense paid trip to the International GENUIS Olympiad, an international competition at SUNY Oswego where he will compete against 1200 students from 75 countries! Bryan also won 2nd Place in Microbiology and received a silver medal and $100. Bryan conducted his original research "An Off-Switch for Borrelia? Investigating bba01, the Plausible Repressor Protein of bba74 in Borrelia burgdorferi" at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY.
Senior Charles Panzarella won 2nd Place in Medicine & Health and received a silver medal and $100. Charles conducted his original research "Identifying the Optimal Attention Span Threshold for Optokinetic Vision Testing of Non-Communicative Trauma Patients" at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, NY, and Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, NY.
Junior Lee Cohen won 4th Place in Animal Science and received a medal and $50. 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 "Why So Aggressive? Understanding Image Completion and Territorial Behavior of Coral Reef Fish in the Red Sea" at The Interuniversity Institute For Marine Science of Eliat in Israel.
Junior Faith Summers won 4th Place in Cellular & Molecular Biology and received a medal and $50. Faith conducted her original research "Can Proteins Conquer Prostate Cancer? The Role of NQ02 and Glutaminase in Large Extracellular Vesicle Formations and Regulating Oxidative Stress" at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY.
Senior Joelle El Hamouche won the ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative for "innovative solutions to sustainability challenges," and received a certificate. Joelle conducted her original research "Tools to Fight Antibiotic Resistance? The Analysis of Genomic Elements in Multidrug-Resistant Pseudomona
s aeruginosa" at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY.
Junior Christopher Bauco won the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Award for "projects whose research emphasizes NOAA's mission of Science, Service and Stewardship," and received a medal and certificate. Christopher conducted his original research "Investigating Paleoclimate Through the Deposition of Ice Rafted Debris from the Western Mid-Atlantic Ridge" at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, NY.
Senior Philip Markuszewski won the Ricoh Sustainable Development Award for "outstanding efforts in addressing issues of environmental responsibility and sustainable development," and received a certificate. Philip conducted his original research "Friend or Foe? Can Human Perceptions of Wolves be Changed by an Interactive Educational Program?" at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY.
Junior Stephen Donato won the Dr. Samuel C. Klagsbrun Behavioral Health Award for "top behavioral science projects," and received a plaque and $50. Stephen conducted his original research "Dementia Progression vs. Depression Severity: Correlation or Relationship?" at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, NY.
Mr. McIntyre and the students would like to thank the Mount Pleasant Education Foundation for a generous grant to buy a large format printer for our posters, the Gschneidner family for a generous donation to build the poster boards, and all the teachers, administrators and staff who helped the students practice their presentations. Special thanks to Ken Amann for his statistical consultations, and Dawn McFarland for outstanding technological help printing the posters and building mechanics William Fernandez and Donald Florin for building the wooden poster boards! These students could not have made their impressive achievements without the help of the entire Westlake community.