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Midwood Science receives 20 awards and over $5,000 in prize money at the 2016 NYC ACT-SO

Posted on Monday, May 9, 2016 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

Midwood Science students received 5 gold medals, 5 silver medals, 8 bonze medals, 2 special awards, and over $5,000 in prize money at the NYC ACT-SO Awards Ceremony held Monday, May 9, 2016. Gold Medals and $500 went to Nga Ying Lo, Kai Saunders, Yusra AbdurRob, Laila Akallal, and Shanayah Renois. These five students now have the opportunity to compete at the National ACT-SO July 14–17 at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a multidisciplinary academic competition for high school students sponsored by the NAACP, the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights organization. Students compete in 27 different categories in the sciences, visual arts, performing arts, humanities, and business. Students may enter projects and performances in multiple categories up to a maximum of 3. The National ACT-SO is held in conjunction with the NAACP National Convention each year.

ACT-SO began in 1976 as a local competition for students in Chicago, but quickly expanded across the United States. There are now approximately 200 local ACT-SO chapters. Much like the Olympic Games, there are bronze, silver, and gold medals for the top students. Again like the Olympic Games, medals are hung around the neck of the winners as they stand on a tri-level platform. When all the medals in a particular category have been awarded, the medalists arms are raised in triumph. ACT-SO’s unofficial nickname is "The Olympics of the Mind".

ACT-SO logo: hurdlers wearing graduation cap and gown

Gold Medal and $500

  • Nga Ying Lo won a Gold Medal in Chemistry & Biochemistry for her project "Development of an efficient synthesis of aryl trifluoromethylated compounds and the purification of products produced from reactions with vinylketenes." Nga Ying worked under the supervision of Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Long Island University.
  • Kai Saunders won a Gold Medal in Earth & Space Science for her project "Urban soils: Metal content in artifacts." Kai worked under the supervision of Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College.
  • Yusra AbdurRob won a Gold Medal in Medicine & Health for her project "Photoreceptor layer thickness in Parkinson’s disease during circadian rhythm." Yusra worked under the supervision of Dr. Ivan Bodis-Wollner in the Department of Neurology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
  • Laila Akallal won a Gold Medal in Physics for her project "Entropy changes in first order and second order materials." Laila worked under the supervision of Dr. Karl Sandeman in the Department of Physics at Brooklyn College.
  • Shanayah Renois won a Gold Medal for her Original Essay "Colorism".

Silver Medal and $300

  • Rumsha Javed won a Silver Medal in Biology & Microbiology for her project "DNA-damage induced and p53-dependent nucleolin translocation in breast cancer cells." Rumsha worked under the supervision of Dr. Anjana D. Saxena in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College.
  • Victor Lee won a Silver Medal in Biology & Microbiology for his project "Variations and similarities of nest construction behaviors amongst monk parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) of identical and different nest sites." Victor worked under the supervision of Dr. Frank Grasso in the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College.
  • Xiu Ling Weng won a Silver Medal in Chemistry & Biochemistry for her project "Cycloaddition of tricarbonyl iron(0) vinylketene complex with methyl 3-iodopropiolate." Xiu Ling worked under the supervision of Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Long Island University.
  • Roshan Chudry won a Silver Medal in Medicine & Health for her project "The effects of blinking exercises on computer vision syndrome." Roshan worked under the supervision of Dr. Mark Rosenfield in the Department of Biological Sciences at SUNY Optometry.
  • Joshua Pilipovsky won a Silver Medal in Physics for his project "Accuracy of the Ising approximation in quantum computation." Josh worked under the supervision of Dr. Vladimir Tsifrinovich in the Department of Applied Physics at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Bronze Medal and $200

  • Emily Hui won a Bronze Medal in Biology & Microbiology for her project "Paternal investment in male-pregnant pipefish Syngnathus fuscus." Emily worked under the supervision of Dr. Tony Wilson in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College.
  • Moomitu Kashem won a Bronze Medal in Biology & Microbiology for her project "Shady herbivores: The effect of urbanization on herbivory rates." Moomitu worked under the supervision of Mr. Jason Aloisio from Project TRUE at the Wildlife Conservation Society.
  • Urooj Ansari won a Bronze Medal in Biology & Microbiology for her project "The physical and chemical warfare between Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sanguinis." Urooj worked under the supervision of Dr. Nicolas Biais in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College.
  • Jessica Lauv won a Bronze Medal in Chemistry & Biochemistry for her project "To utilize a new lithium reagent derivative to produce hydrazone vinyl ketenes to create steroids." Jessica worked under the supervision of Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Long Island University.
  • Nikolas Magloire won a Bronze Medal in Medicine & Health for his project "Hydralazine’s effect on sodium hypochlorite." Nikolas worked under the supervision of Dr. Donald Gerber in the Department of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.ACT-SO plaque honoring Midwood Medical [sic] High School
  • Bilal Azhar won a Bronze Medal in Physics for his project "Comparison of heat to work conversion in first order and second order magnets." Bilal worked under the supervision of Dr. Karl Sandeman in the Department of Physics at Brooklyn College.
  • Mie Abouelkheir won a Bronze Medal in Film making for her video "Ode to Home". Mie worked under the supervision Ms. Amanda Madden at Reelworks.
  • Yusra AbdurRob also won a Bronze Medal in Dance for doing an ethnic Bollywood dance to the theme song from the 2007 movie Aaja Nachle (Let’s Dance).

Special Awards

  • Urooj Ansari was awarded Ambassador of the Year and $125 for her exceptional service as an ACT-SO recruiter. Her work as a liaison between ACT-SO organizers and Midwood High School students and staff were indispensable.
  • Midwood High School was awarded Outstanding School of the Year "In recognition of your dedication and commitment to the education of our youth and your support of NYC ACT-SO".

Midwood sweeps Brooklyn College Science Day for the third year in a row

Posted on Friday, May 6, 2016 by for Awards, Brooklyn College.

Every year in May, the science students at Brooklyn College get together for a friendly poster competition amongst themselves. Every year they also ask high school students from Brooklyn to join them. Projects are separated by grade level (Graduate, Undergraduate, High School). For the third year in a row, Midwood Science has taken every one of the awards at the high school level. We even had two First Place winners this year — Kai Saunders (a senior) and Noor Asif (a junior). Award winning students were given prizes including Barnes and Noble gift cards, USB flash drives, portable phone chargers, and stainless steel water bottles. Everyone received a free pen, a free lunch, and a nice break from from classes during a stressful week of Advanced Placement Exams.

Award winner group photo
Kai Saunders, Noor Asif, Urooj Ansari, Roshan Chudry

  1. Noor Asif
    "Monk parakeets increase nest construction behavior during the mating season." Noor worked under the supervision of Dr. Frank Grasso in the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College.
  2. Kai Saunders
    "Urban soils: Metal content in artifacts." Kai worked under the supervision of Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College.
  3. Urooj Ansari
    "The physical and chemical warfare between Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sanguinis." Urooj worked under the supervision of Dr. Nicolas Biais in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College.
  4. Roshan Chudry
    "The effects of blinking exercises on computer vision syndrome." Roshan worked under the supervision of Dr. Mark Rosenfield in the Department of Biological Sciences at the SUNY College of Optometry.

Large group photo
Brooklyn College Science Day — Friday, May 6, 2016

15 Midwood students receive NYCSEF awards, scholarships, dollars, and bitcoins; Urooj Ansari and Bilal Azhar receive ISEF awards

Posted on Friday, April 1, 2016 by for Awards, ISEF, NYCSEF.

NYCSEF is the annual New York City Science and Engineering Fair with hundreds of participants from across the five boroughs. Roughly 400 participants are selected from 700–800 entries to participate in the Preliminary Round held at City College. The top 25% of these go on to the Finals Round at the American Museum of Natural History. These students compete against one another for various awards, scholarships, and cash prizes paid out in dollars and, for the first time ever, bitcoins. The top 16 projects go on to represent NYC at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona May 8–13.

Midwood Science is proud to congratulate Urooj Ansari and Bilal Azhar for receiving the highest awards of the competition — the Intel ISEF Award — as well as a NYCSEF First Award (Urooj in Microbiology and Bilal in Physics & Space Sciences). Gloria Cao also received a First Award in Microbiology. Midwood has gone many years without winning one First Award. This year we had three! With four Second Awards and six Third Awards this has been our best year since 2004. (That year we had a very rare six students go to ISEF.)

NYCSEF logo

Kieran Bissessar, Nga Ying Lo, and William Xie were each awarded four year scholarships to Hunter College. Max Miloslavsky received two $100 awards from the nonprofit organization Environmental Quest. Joseph Parziale and Kai Saunders received one bitcoin each from the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. (A bitcoin is a virtual, peer-to-peer currency that started in 2009. On the day of the awards ceremony, bitcoins were trading at $417 apiece.)

This year’s Finalists worked at Brooklyn College, SUNY Downstate, NYU (Tandon and Langone campuses), LIU, Cooper Union, and St. Joseph’s College. Special thanks to all the mentors for their dedication and hard work.

NYCSEF First Award and Intel ISEF Award

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  • Urooj Ansari (Microbiology)
    Project: Physical and chemical warfare between Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sanguinis
    Mentor: Dr. Nicolas Biais, Brooklyn College, Department of Biology
  • Bilal Azhar (Physics & Space Sciences)
    Project: Comparison of work output from first order and second order magnets during magnetic heat transitions
    Mentor: Dr. Karl Sandeman, Brooklyn College, Department of Physics
    Bilal also received an ASM Materials Education Foundation Award for outstanding research related to materials science.

NYCSEF First Award

  • Xiao (Gloria) Jun Cao (Microbiology)
    Project: The effect of tenofovir on bone homeostasis
    Mentors: Dr. Aránzazu Mediero Muñoz and Dr. Bruce Cronstein, NYU Langone Medical Center, Department of Pharmacology

NYCSEF Second Award

  • Yusra AbdurRob (Medicine & Health Sciences)
    Project: Photoreceptor layer thickness in Parkinson’s disease during circadian rhythm
    Mentor: Dr. Ivan Bodis-Wollner, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Department of Neurology
  • Nga Ying Lo (Chemistry)
    Project: Development of an efficient synthesis of aryl trifluoromethylated compounds and the purification of products produced from reactions with vinylketene complexes
    Mentor: Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter, Long Island University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
    Nga Ying also received a Jenny Hunter Scholarship, a merit scholarship of $1,000 per year renewable for up to four years.
  • Joshua Pilipovsky (Physics & Space Sciences)
    Project: Accuracy of the Ising approximation in quantum computation
    Mentor: Dr. Vladimir Tsifrinovich, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Department of Applied Physics
  • Kai Saunders (Earth & Environmental Sciences)
    Project: Urban soils: Metal content in artifacts
    Mentor: Ms. Hermine Huot and Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng, Brooklyn College, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
    Kai also won a Brooklyn Navy Yard Award and an Association of Women Geoscientists Award. The first of these is for exceptional projects that promote the Navy Yard’s commitment to academic excellence and scientific inquiry and came with a prize of one bitcoin. The second is for exceptional projects submitted by young female geoscientists.

NYCSEF Third Award

  • Kieran Bissessar (Biochemistry)
    Project: A new perspective on the lupus malady
    Mentor: Dr. Donald Gerber, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Department of Medicine
    Kieran also received a Hunter College Sage Scholarship, a merit scholarship of $4,000 per year renewable for up to four years.
  • Emily Hui (Animal Sciences)
    Project: Paternal investment in male-pregnant pipefish Syngnathus fuscus
    Mentor: Ms. Frieda Benun Sutton and Dr. Tony Wilson, Brooklyn College, Department of Biology
  • Victor Lee (Animal Sciences)
    Project: Variations and similarities of nest construction behaviors amongst monk parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) of identical and different nest sites
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Brooklyn College, Department of Psychology
  • Colleen Simon (Earth & Environmental Sciences)
    Project: How does the presence of Stropharia rugoso-annulata in different types of soil affect the growth of ryegrass?
    Mentor: Ms. Jan Mun and Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng, Brooklyn College, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Xiu Ling Weng (Chemistry)
    Project: Cycloaddition of tricarbonyl iron(0) vinylketene complex with methyl 3-iodopropiolate
    Mentor: Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter, Long Island University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • William Xie (Physics & Space Sciences)
    Project: Resiliency of proton transport in Nafion 117 after exposure to select solvents
    Mentors: Dr. Sophia Suarez and Mr. Domenec Paterno, Brooklyn College, Department of Physics
    William also received a Hunter College Sage Scholarship, a merit scholarship of $4,000 per year renewable for up to four years.

Additional Award Winners

  • Max Miloslavsky (Engineering)
    Project: MYEXOHAND
    Mentor: Dr. Victoria Bill, Cooper Union, Department of Student Programs
    Max won an Environmental Quest Award and a Sarah and Morris Wiesenthal Award for an outstanding project that brings awareness to the man made and natural environment. Each award came with a prize of $100.
  • Joseph Parziale (Animal Sciences)
    Project: Measurement of fitness traits of two common marine species in an urbanized environment: How variable are fitness traits?
    Mentor: Dr. Kestrel Perez, St. Joseph’s College, Department of Biology
    Joseph won a Brooklyn Navy Yard Award and one bitcoin for an exceptional project that promoted the Navy Yard’s commitment to academic excellence and scientific inquiry.

13 Midwood students advance to NYCSEF Finals

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 by for Awards, NYCSEF.

The New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) is the city’s largest high school research competition. More than 700 students from around the city submitted applications in 2016. The top 130 projects were selected to advance to the Finals Round on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at the American Museum of Natural History. Midwood High School sent 13 students to this year’s competition under the big blue whale. Awards will be presented on Friday, April 1, 2016 in the Gerald W. Lynch Theatre at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice from 3:00–5:00 PM.

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  • Yusra AbdurRob (Medicine & Health Sciences)
    Project: Photoreceptor layer thickness in Parkinson’s disease during circadian rhythm
    Mentor: Dr. Ivan Bodis-Wollner, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Department of Neurology
  • Urooj Ansari (Microbiology)
    Project: Physical and chemical warfare between Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sanguinis
    Mentor: Dr. Nicolas Biais, Brooklyn College, Department of Biology
  • Bilal Azhar (Physics & Space Sciences)
    Project: Comparison of work output from first order and second order magnets during magnetic heat transitions
    Mentor: Dr. Karl Sandeman, Brooklyn College, Department of Physics
  • Kieran Bissessar (Biochemistry)
    Project: A new perspective on the lupus malady
    Mentor: Dr. Donald Gerber, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Department of Medicine
  • Xiao Jun Cao (Microbiology)
    Project: The effect of tenofovir on bone homeostasis
    Mentors: Dr. Aránzazu Mediero Muñoz and Dr. Bruce Cronstein, NYU Langone Medical Center, Department of Pharmacology
  • Emily Hui (Animal Sciences)
    Project: Paternal investment in male-pregnant pipefish Syngnathus fuscus
    Mentor: Ms. Frieda Benun Sutton and Dr. Tony Wilson, Brooklyn College, Department of Biology
  • Victor Lee (Animal Sciences)
    Project: Variations and similarities of nest construction behaviors amongst monk parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) of identical and different nest sites
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Brooklyn College, Department of Psychology
  • Nga Ying Lo (Chemistry)
    Project: Development of an efficient synthesis of aryl trifluoromethylated compounds and the purification of products produced from reactions with vinylketene complexes
    Mentor: Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter, Long Island University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Joshua Pilipovsky (Physics & Space Sciences)
    Project: Accuracy of the Ising approximation in quantum computation
    Mentor: Dr. Vladimir Tsifrinovich, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Department of Applied Physics
  • Kai Saunders (Earth & Environmental Sciences)
    Project: Urban soils: Metal content in artifacts
    Mentor: Ms. Hermine Huot and Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng, Brooklyn College, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Colleen Simon (Earth & Environmental Sciences)
    Project: How does the presence of Stropharia rugoso-annulata in different types of soil affect the growth of ryegrass?
    Mentor: Ms. Jan Mun and Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng, Brooklyn College, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Xiu Ling Weng (Chemistry)
    Project: Cycloaddition of tricarbonyl iron(0) vinylketene complex with methyl 3-iodopropiolate
    Mentor: Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter, Long Island University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • William Xie (Physics & Space Sciences)
    Project: Resiliency of proton transport in Nafion 117 after exposure to select solvents
    Mentors: Dr. Sophia Suarez and Mr. Domenec Paterno, Brooklyn College, Department of Physics

Midwood shows strong in the first year of Teptu

Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Midwood Science brought home two of the top five awards at a new competition called Teptu. Kieran Bissessar won one of the two Second Place awards for his project on the disease lupus and Max Miloslavsky won one of the two Honorable Mention awards for his engineering project. Students from Hunter College High School won two awards that evening and Bronx High School for Science had one award winner.

  1. Kieran Bissessar
    "A new perspective on the lupus malady." Kieran worked under the supervision of Dr. Donald Gerber in the Department of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
  2. Max Miloslavsky
    "MYEXOHAND." Max worked under the supervision of Dr. Victoria Bill in the Department of Student Programs at The Cooper Union.

Group photo with Kieran and Max holding certificates.
Group photo with Kieran and Max holding certificates. Follow this link for more photos on the Teptu website.

Teptu, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting educational opportunities and fostering awareness in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), Teptu STEM (sometimes called Teptu Brink) is a new science competition that hopes to build opportunities for upcoming STEM leaders in New York City and South Africa.

New York students submitted research papers to Teptu in February. These were then graded by an online judging panel of professors from top institutions. The top 50 entries were invited to present at a poster session held at Baruch College in March. Students were judged numerous times and were interviewed by the Teptu press corps and several curious Teptu staff. Students were also all asked how their ideas could be used in a business plan. Everyone was asked to imagine themselves as entrepreneurs. It was a unique and thoroughly enjoyable competition.

Follow this link for more videos on the Teptu website or visit their YouTube channel.

40% of finalists in new STEM competition are Midwood Science students

Posted on Saturday, February 13, 2016 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Teptu is an organization dedicated to promoting educational opportunities and fostering awareness in both entrepreneurship and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).​ Teptu Brink is a new STEM competition open to students from New York City and South Africa. The 48 NYC finalists were announced on Friday, February 12, 2016 including 19 from Midwood. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s 40% for the home team. The Teptu Brink finals event will be held Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at Baruch College.

Teptu. NYC & South Africa. Young Leaders Changing the World.

  • Yusra AbdurRob
    Project: "Photoreceptor layer thickness in Parkinson’s disease during circadian rhythm."
    Mentor: Dr. Ivan Bodis-Wollner, Department of Neurology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Urooj Ansari
    Project: "The physical and chemical warfare between Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sanguinis."
    Mentor: Dr. Nicolas Biais, Department of Biology, Brooklyn College
  • Kieran Bissessar
    Project: "A new perspective on the lupus malady."
    Mentor: Dr. Donald Gerber, Department of Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Leutrim Cahani
    Project: "The role of vitamin D in Neisseria gonorrhoeae infection in human epithelial cells."
    Mentor: Dr. Nicolas Biais, Department of Biology, Brooklyn College
  • Xiao Jun (Gloria) Cao
    Project: "The effect of tenofovir on bone homeostasis."
    Mentor: Dr. Bruce Cronstein, Department of Pharmacology, NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Matthew Chung
    Project: "Effects of multiple-episode neonatal sevoflurane treatment on adult behavior."
    Mentor: Dr. Ira Kass, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Quetourah Dalencourt
    Project: "How does peer pressure affect one’s perception of beauty?"
    Mentor: Dr. Denis Pelli, Department of Psychology, New York University
  • Michelle Do
    Project: "Location dependent properties of LTP and LTD-like synaptic activity on action potential generation assayed in NEURON."
    Mentor: Dr. Juan Marcos Alarcon, Department of Pathology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Xiao Ying Huang
    Project: "Effective synthesis of cyclooctyne compounds: Cyclization and purification of cyclooctynes and a tricarbonyl iron (0) vinylketene complex."
    Mentor: Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Long Island University
  • Emily Hui
    Project: "Paternal investment in male-pregnant pipefish Syngnathus fuscus."
    Mentor: Dr. Tony Wilson, Department of Biology, Brooklyn College
  • Sana Ilyas
    Project: "Simulating the TBR1/CASK protein interface to understand risk for autism spectrum disorder."
    Mentor: Dr. Richard Bonneau, Department of Biology, New York University
  • Rumsha Javed
    Project: "DNA-damage induced and p53-dependent nucleolin translocation in breast cancer cells."
    Mentor: Dr. Anjana D. Saxena, Department of Biology, Brooklyn College
  • Jessica Lauv
    Project: "To utilize a new lithium reagent derivative to produce hydrazone vinyl ketenes to create steroids."
    Mentor: Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Long Island University
  • Shang (Chris) Lee
    Project: "The mechanisms of hydralazine and quinidine on lupus."
    Mentor: Dr. Donald Gerber, Department of Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Nga Ying Lo
    Project: "Development of an efficient synthesis of aryl trifluoromethylated compounds and the purification of products produced from reactions with vinylketenes."
    Mentor: Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Long Island University
  • Christine Ly
    Project: "Capturing cancer cells with the use of microfluidic chips."
    Mentor: Dr. Weiqiang Chen, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
  • Maya Miller
    Project: "Grain v. liquid culture in growing mycelium in contaminated soil."
    Mentor: Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College
  • Max Miloslavsky
    Project: "MYEXOHAND."
    Mentor: Dr. Victoria Bill, Department of Student Programs, Cooper Union
  • Shanayah Renois
    Project: "Nitrendipine reduces agar invasion in Candida albicans."
    Mentor: Dr. Peter Lipke, Department of Biology, Brooklyn College

Kai Saunders advances to Finals at 2016 JSHS

Posted on Friday, February 12, 2016 by for Awards, JSHS.

Congratulations to Kai Saunders for her First Place win in the category of Earth and Space Science at the 2016 New York City Metro Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS). Kai moves on to the finals round Saturday, February 27. Joshua Pilipovsky received Third Place in the category of Physics.

The JSHS Semifinals were held at York College in Jamaica, Queens on Sunday, February 7, 2017. Individual students compete at JSHS for scholarships and recognition by presenting original research projects before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. Midwood entered 11 students and had 7 semifinalists this year.

  1. Kai Saunders
    was a finalist and received First Place for her project "Urban soils: Metal content in artifacts." Kai worked under the supervision of Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College.
  2. Joshua Pilipovsky
    was a semifinalist and received Third Place for his project "Accuracy of the Ising approximation in quantum computation." Josh worked under the supervision of Dr. Vladimir Tsifrinovich in the Department of Applied Physics at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

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Midwood’s 7 JSHS Semifinalists: Kieran Bissessar, Joshua Pilipovsky, Nga Ying Lo, Victor Lee, Kai Saunders, Quetourah Dalencourt, Christine Ly

  1. Kieran Bissessar
    was a semifinalist for his project "A new perspective on the lupus malady." Kieran worked under the supervision of Dr. Donald Gerber in the Department of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
  2. Quetourah Dalencourt
    was a semifinalist for her project "How does peer pressure affect one’s perception of beauty?" Quetourah worked under the supervision of Dr. Denis Pelli in the Department of Psychology at New York University.
  3. Victor Lee
    was a semifinalist for his project "Variations and similarities of nest construction behaviors amongst monk parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) of identical and different nest sites." Victor worked under the supervision of Dr. Frank Grasso in the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College.
  4. Nga Ying Lo
    was a semifinalist for her project "Development of an efficient synthesis of aryl trifluoromethylated compounds and the purification of products produced from reactions with vinylketenes." Nga Ying worked under the supervision of Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Long Island University.
  5. Christine Ly
    was a semifinalist for her project "Capturing cancer cells with the use of microfluidic chips." Christine worked under the supervision of Dr. Weiqiang Chen in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Midwood Science dominates again at St. Joseph’s College

Posted on Monday, February 8, 2016 by for Awards, St. Joseph's.

Saturday, February 6, 2016 marked the 21st High School Poster Session for scientific research at St. Joseph’s College New York. Midwood Science students excelled once again, collecting half of all the awards — one first place, one second place, and five honorable mentions.

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  1. Mie Abouelkheir
    was awarded First Prize and a $75 Amazon gift card for her project "How does the type of substrate affect the size of monk parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) nests?" Mie worked under the supervision of Dr. Frank Grasso in the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College.
  2. Bilal Azhar
    was awarded Second Prize and a $50 Amazon gift card for his project "Comparison of heat to work conversion in first order and second order magnets." Bilal worked under the supervision of Dr. Karl Sandeman in the Department of Physics at Brooklyn College.
Mie Abouelkheir Bilal Azhar
  1. Urooj Ansari
    was awarded Honorable Mention for her project "The physical and chemical warfare between Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sanguinis." Urooj worked under the supervision of Dr. Nicolas Biais in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College.
  2. Leutrim Cahani
    was awarded Honorable Mention for his project "The role of vitamin D in Neisseria gonorrhoeae infection in human epithelial cells." Leutrim worked under the supervision of Dr. Nicolas Biais in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College.
  3. Nga Ying Lo
    was awarded Honorable Mention for her project "Development of an efficient synthesis of aryl trifluoromethylated compounds and the purification of products produced from reactions with vinylketenes." Nga Ying worked under the supervision of Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Long Island University.
  4. Joshua Pilipovsky
    was awarded Honorable Mention for his project "Accuracy of the Ising approximation in quantum computation." Josh worked under the supervision of Dr. Vladimir Tsifrinovich in the Department of Applied Physics at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
  5. Kai Saunders
    was awarded Honorable Mention for her project "Urban soils: Metal content in artifacts." Kai worked under the supervision of Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College.
Urooj Ansari Leutrim Cahani Nga Ying Lo
Joshua Pilipovsky St. Joseph's College logo Kai Saunders

3 Midwood students receive Intel STS badges

Posted on Friday, January 22, 2016 by for Awards, STS.

Three Midwood students received digital badges for their entries in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search. The Society for Science and the Public in partnership with the Intel Foundation awards digital badges to inspire learning, confirm accomplishment, and validate the acquisition of knowledge or skills.

  • Rumsha Javed
    received a Research Report Badge for her project "DNA-damage induced and p53-dependent nucleolin translocation in breast cancer cells." Rumsha worked under the supervision of Dr. Anjana D. Saxena in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College.
  • Sabrina Bernstein
    received a Research Report Badge for her project "Autism and its impact on siblings". Sabrina worked under the supervision of Mr. Daniel Krieger in the Social Science Research program at Midwood High School
  • Leutrim Cahani
    received a Student Initiative Badge for his project "The role of vitamin D in Neisseria gonorrhoeae infection in human epithelial cells." Leutrim worked under the supervision of Dr. Nicolas Biais in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College.
Intel STS Research Report Badge
An Intel STS Research Report Badge is awarded to an entrant who has submitted a well-written, college-level, journal-style research report based upon his or her own independent science research.
Intel STS Student Initiative Badge
An Intel STS Student Initiative Badge is awarded to an entrant who has exhibited extraordinary effort and dedication in his or her pursuit of scientific research and has made great accomplishments relative to the resources available to him or her.
Intel STS Entrant Badge
To earn an Intel STS Entrant Badge, all portions of the application must be completed at the high level expected, provide complete and thoughtful responses, and accurately cite sources and not claim the work of others.

Hillary Syeda wins gold, Sandra Lin and Christopher Chasteau silver at 2015 National ACT-SO

Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

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The Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among high school students. ACT-SO is an "Olympics of the Mind" spanning 27 categories across the humanities, sciences, and visual and performing arts. ACT-SO began in Chicago in 1977 and now encompasses some 140 local chapters — including the flagship New York City ACT-SO. Every summer, coincident with the NAACP Annual Convention, the local chapters send their top participants to compete at the National ACT-SO for the chance to win cash, prizes, medals, and honor. Midwood High School is proud of all New York City’s participants, but special recognition goes to Hillary Syeda, Sandra Lin, and Christopher Chasteau.

Gold Medal

  • Hillary Syeda received a Gold Medal in Biology and Microbiology for her project "Characterization of Leukemia Inhibitory Factor (LIF) Production, Secretion, and Target Cells for LIF within the Cancer Stem Cell (CSC) Niche." Hillary worked under the supervision of Dr. Christopher Lange in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Silver Medal

  • Sandra Lin received a Silver Medal in Chemistry and Biochemistry for her project "Isolation of isomeric catechols 4-chloro-2-ethoxy-5-(triethlysilyl)-[1,1′-biphenyl]-3-ol and 5-chloro-2-ethoxy-4-(triethlysilyl)-[1,1′-biphenyl]-3-ol." Sandra worked under the supervision of Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter at Long Island University in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
  • Christopher Chasteau received a Silver Medal an Instrumental Classical piece he played on the steel pan. Christopher is the brother of Midwood Science alumnus Colleen Chasteau and attends Benjamin Bannaker Academy.

3 Midwood students holding an NAACP New York banner
Colleen Chasteau, Sandra Lin, Hillary Syeda

Raquel Hosein wins 10 Under 20 Award from the NYC Economic Development Corporation

Posted on Friday, July 17, 2015 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Midwood Science alumnus Raquel Hosein (class of 2014) was lauded for her achievement in technology and innovation at the city’s first ever 10 Under 20 Awards. Raquel received this award for a project she began while still in high school — Application of a Wireless Electrical Device for the Detection of Epilepsy. Raquel worked under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Viventi in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. She is now a student at Brooklyn College.

10 Under 20 award ceremony line up
10 Under 20 awards ceremony. Raquel Hosein, fifth from right.
Photo of the 10 Under 20 crystal award
10 under 20 crystal award. Source: NYCEDC Blog

On June 24, 2015 the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) in partnership with CE Week recognized ten entrepreneurial and ambitious young students for demonstrating application-based innovations. The awards ceremony was held at Metropolitan Pavilion and attended by students and families as well as educators and attendees of CE Week.

CE Week is New York City’s largest technology show. "Think Fashion Week meets technology…. CE Week takes a first look at the hottest tech and trends for the upcoming back-to-school and holiday season."

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2015 Midwood Science Fair Results

Posted on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by for Awards, Science Fair.

And the winners are…

1st Place


Mahmoud Abouelkheir
The Effect of Active Ingredients found in toothpaste on oral bacteria growth (Micrococcus)

Arbaz Aziz & Dmitriy Kim
The Strength of Magnetism Under Varying Temperatures

2nd Place


Allan Nosov
Using Weather Instruments and Folklore to Predict Weather

Terence Kong
The Capability of Antibacterial Soap

Angel Zou & Jennifer Phu
What’s in your seaweed? DNA Barcodes of Different Brands of Seaweed Snacks Commonly Found in Supermarkets

3rd Place


Zenab Jamil
The Primacy Effect

Carmen Zheng
The Effect of Gum and Music on Memory

Noor Asif
Henna Mixology

Sabrina Slutsky & Michelle Fogel
The Most Effective Antacid

Brianna Ku & Michelle Li
The Effect of Different Liquids on Dianthus Flower Growth
 

Honorable Mention


Ilham Ahmed
The Effect of a Variety of Milks on the Amount of Lactose Formed

Chunny Chi
The Effectiveness of Mouthwash Against Escherichia coli

Daniel Mirkin
The Effect of Aerated Water on Yeast Metabolism

Amy Huang
Determining how fast the ink travels across the different kinds of paper

Samuel Pun & Anthony Dinh
Denaturing Proteins under Heat

Jeannine Chen & Jimmy Li
What’s in your seaweed? DNA Barcodes of Different Brands of Seaweed Snacks Commonly Found in Supermarkets.

Alia Abdelhameed & Danielle LoPresti
The Effect of Hydrogen Peroxide Concentrations on Hair Strength
   

2015 New York City Metro Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS)

Posted on Sunday, February 15, 2015 by for Awards, JSHS.

The New York City Metro Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) was held at York College in Jamaica, Queens on Sunday, February 8, 2015. Individual students compete at JSHS for scholarships and recognition by presenting original research projects before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. Midwood entered 7 students and had 4 semifinalists this year.

  • Lucy Lin
    was a semifinalist and received a third place award in earth and environmental sciences for her project "Degradation of TPH-Diesel in Soil through Mycoremediation". Lucy worked under the supervision of Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College.
  • Sandra Lin
    was a semifinalist in chemistry for her project "Isolation of isomeric catechols 4-chloro-2-ethoxy-5-(triethlysilyl)-[1,1′-biphenyl]-3-ol and 5-chloro-2-ethoxy-4-(triethlysilyl)-[1,1′-biphenyl]-3-ol". Sandra worked under the supervision of Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Long Island University.
  • Monique Powell
    was a semifinalist in behavioral and social sciences for her project "Kinematics of the Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) During Courtship Rituals. Monique worked under the supervision of Dr. Frank Grasso and Mr. Alfie Supan in the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College.
  • Raymond Yu
    was a semifinalist in physics for his project "The Effects of Sodium Pyrophosphate Tetrabasic on the Conductivity of V4+ Electrolyte for the Vanadium Redox Flow Battery". Raymond worked under the supervision of Dr. Sophia Suarez in the Department of Physics at Brooklyn College.


Sandra Lin, Monique Powell, Lucy Lin, Raymond Yu

Midwood’s 20th outstanding year with St. Joseph’s College

Posted on Saturday, February 7, 2015 by for Awards, St. Joseph's.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 marked the 20th year St. Joseph’s College New York held a High School Poster Session for scientific research in all fields. Midwood Science students excelled once again, collecting 6 of 14 possible awards — one first place, one second place, and four honorable mentions.

  1. Hillary Syeda
    Project: Characterization of Leukemia Inhibitory Factor (LIF) Production, Secretion, and Target Cells for LIF within the Cancer Stem Cell (CSC) Niche.
    Mentor: Dr. Christopher Lange, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  2. Michael Divgun
    Project: The Effect of Polyoxometalate Ion Replacement on Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries.
    Mentor: Dr. Sophia Suarez and Mr. Domenec Paterno, Department of Physics, Brooklyn College

Hillary Syeda

Michael Divgun
  1. Charlynn Trish Ben
    Project: A shark homolog of REV3, a DNA translesion polymerase.
    Mentor: Dr. Ellen Hsu, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  2. Aarin Chase
    Project: Study of invasion of human epithelial cells by bacteria from the Neisseria genus: Focus on pathogenic Neisseria gonorrhoeae and commensal Neisseria elongata.
    Mentor: Dr. Emilia Laura Munteanu and Dr. Nicholas Biais, Department of Biology, Brooklyn College
  3. Dina Deng
    Project: Determining the Effectiveness of the Biomarker SSEA5 in the Enrichment of Endometrial Cancer Stem Cell Populations Using the Hybrid Spheroid Assay.
    Mentor: Dr. Christopher Lange, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  4. Zainab Iqbal
    Project: PTSD Symptoms, Aggression, and Crime Exposure in a Sample of Young Adults.
    Mentor: Dr. Sara Chiara Haden, Department of Psychology, Long Island University

Charlynn Trish Ben

Aarin Chase

Dina Deng

Zainab Iqbal

Charlynn Trish Ben and 7 Midwood students receive 2015 Intel STS awards

Posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by for Awards, STS.

The Midwood Science Research Program is proud to announce that Charlynn Trish Ben is a Semifinalist in the 2015 Intel Science Talent Search (STS). Charlynn is the only semifinalist from a Brooklyn high school this year and the first Midwood student to win this award in 9 years. Intel STS Semifinalists represent the top 300 science research projects selected from more than 1,800 nationwide. Each semifinalist receives a $1,000 award from Intel with an additional $1,000 going to his or her school.

  • Charlynn Trish Ben
    Project: A Shark Homolog of REV3, a DNA Translesion Polymerase
    Mentors: Dr. Ellen Hsu and Mercedes Duran, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Six students also received the 2015 Intel STS Research Report Award for "a well-written, college-level, journal-style research report".

  • Monique Powell
    Project: Kinematics of the Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) During Courtship Rituals
    Mentors: Dr. Frank Grasso and Alphie Supan, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  • Meghan Ng
    Project: Direction of Gaze and Monk Parakeet Vocalization
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  • Taulant Kastrati
    Project: Monitoring the Effect of Guanidine Hydrochloride on the Folding of a Soluble Agglutinin-like Sequence Protein
    Mentor: Dr. Peter Lipke, Department of Biology, Brooklyn College
  • Zainab Iqbal
    Project: PTSD Symptoms, Aggression, and Crime Exposure in a Sample of Young Adults
    Mentor: Dr. Sara Chiara Haden, Department of Psychology, Long Island University
  • Syeda Hillary
    Project: Characterization of Leukemia Inhibitory Factor (LIF) Production, Secretion, and Target Cells for LIF within the Cancer Stem Cell (CSC) Niche
    Mentor: Dr. Christopher Lange, Department of Radiation Oncology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Dina Deng
    Project: Determining the Effectiveness of the Biomarker SSEA5 in the Enrichment of Endometrial Cancer Stem Cell Populations Using the Hybrid Spheroid Assay
    Mentor: Dr. Christopher Lange, Department of Radiation Oncology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

One student received a Student Initiative Award for "exhibiting extraordinary effort and dedication in her pursuit of scientific research".

  • Valeriya Falkovich
    Project: Which Catalyst is Most Efficient for a PEMFC?
    Mentors: Dr. Sophia N. Suarez and David Cuffari, Department of Physics, Brooklyn College

Congratulations to Charlynn and the other seven winners.

Stefanie Henry wins 2014 Neuroscience Research Prize

Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

After months and months of lab work, Stefanie Henry has so much to show for it. She went to the Philadelphia Convention Center for three days in April and May. She was there for the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology where she was selected as a 2014 Neuroscience Research Prize winner — one of four in the nation. Stefanie was interviewed for a video, which was on display during awards luncheon on the last day of the conference. She also participated in a poster session where other scientists in the field came by to question her about her research. Stefanie may be the only Midwood student to ever win this award.

"It was an amazing experience, I met a lot of phenomenal people and one person approached me about an international PhD program they believe I can get involved in after I graduate from college," said Stefanie. "I feel honored to have been selected and look forward to continuing my research and gaining more opportunities to share my findings with as many people as I can."

Press release written by Saba Shaki

Raquel Hosein wins NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Raquel Hosein received an Award for Aspirations in Computing in New York City from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). Recipients were selected based upon their computing talent, leadership skills, academic ability, and future education plans. Awards were presented at Bloomberg headquarters in Manhattan on Friday, May 9. Each recipient receives two awards, one for themselves and one for their school’s trophy case. Bloomberg also contributed a set of Beats by Dre headphones, a Pebble Smartwatch, and other swag. Raquel is the first Midwood Science student to win this award.

Contributed by Almas Shafiq
Mayor of the City of Midwood

Raquel Hosein shows off her award and swag at Bloomberg headquarters in Manhattan.
 
The 2014 receipients of the Award for Aspirations in Computing in New York City.

SUNY Downstate presents research award to two Midwood seniors

Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by for Awards.

Dr. Christopher Roman from the Department of Cell Biology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center presented the Michael Register High School Award to two Midwood seniors, Allen Barbarovich and Chukwunonso Nwasike, for their outstanding research on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

Dr. Edward Quadros, Allen Barbarovich, Dr. Jeffrey Sequeira, Dr. Christopher Roman Ms. Kamala Anumukonda, Chukwunonso Nwasike, Dr. Christopher Roman

2014 Midwood Science Fair Results

Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by for Awards, Science Fair.

1st Place


Jessica Lin & Eileen Chen
Electrolytes in beverages.

Laila Akallal
Is the speed of light truly constant?

Mie Abouelkheir
The effects of microwave radiation on the growth of E. coli.

2nd Place


Gabriela Villagomez
Visual memory vs. Auditory memory.

Vanessa Mai
Gumcentration.

3rd Place


Noshin Hayat
The effect of antacids on the stomach.

Aisha Khoja
Comparing antacid potency.

Joshua Pilipovsky
A change in the winds: Bernoulli’s principle.

Honorable Mention


Bilal Azhar & Wendy Jiang
Effect of acidity and temperature on a fruit’s electric current.

Alexandra Gayle & Kai Saunders
What drinks contain the most electrolytes?

Vivian Ng & Ibraar Aziz
The effect of carbonated drinks on the human body.

Mohammed Chowdhury
Which antacid works the best?

Samera Arif
The effect of acidic citrus fruits and skin tone on henna stain.

Gabrielle Tolchinsky
Hydrogen peroxide’s effect on seed germination.

 

Midwood Science sweeps Brooklyn College on Science Research Day

Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2014 by for Awards, Brooklyn College.

No, we didn’t clean the campus. Brooklyn College has enough paid professionals to do that without our help.

Brooklyn College Science Research Day is the annual, campus-wide science fair held at the end of the spring semester. Posters are presented by Brooklyn College undergraduate and graduate students — and also by students from partner high schools in the borough. More than one hundred posters were exhibited in the Brooklyn College Student Center on Friday, May 9, 2014. The other meaning of "sweep" is to win every award in a contest. Every award in the High School Division at Brooklyn College Research Day was won by a Midwood Science student in 2014 — an unprecedented accomplishment.

First Place: High School Division

  • Xin Yi Chen
    Project: Fermented Food Waste and Plant Growth: A Greenhouse Study
    Mentor: Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Brooklyn College
  • Allen Barbarovic
    Project: Link Between Systemic Cobalamin Deficiency and CNS Demyelination in a CD320/TCblR KO Mouse Model
    Mentor: Dr. Edward V. Quadros, Department of Biochemistry, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Second Place: High School Division

  • Raquel Hosein
    Project: Application of a Wireless Electrical Device for the Detection of Epilepsy
    Mentor:Dr. Jonathan Viventi, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

Third Place: High School Division

  • Chris Ayala
    Project: Encoding Information with Light’s Angular Momentum
    Mentor: Dr. Giovanni Milione, Department of Physics (Institute for Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers), City College

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