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2002 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)

Posted on Friday, May 24, 2002 by for Awards, ISEF.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is the world’s largest pre-college celebration of science. Held annually in May, the Intel ISEF brings together over 1,200 students from 40 nations to compete for scholarships, tuition grants, internships, and scientific field trips. This year’s ISEF was held in Louisville, Kentucky

The Science Department Is Proud to Announce: Tahir Ahmed was one of the top prize winners. His project was on Molecular Modeling and the Identification of Functional Domains of a New Adhesive Molecule in Inflammatory Thrombosis. He did his work at Downstate Medical Center under the mentorship of Dr. Elizabeth Kornecki. His teacher advisor was Ms. Ann Nicastri. Tahir, 17, is a senior in the Science Research Program of the Medical Science Institute at Midwood. He won…

  • An Intel Foundation Achievement Award for outstanding work in any field ($5,000);
  • First Place Award in Biochemistry ($3,000);
  • First Place, Asjtavadhani Vidwan Ambati Subbaraya Chetty Foundation Award for projects that display outstanding creativity, ingenuity and have the potential to alleviate the human condition or mark a substantial advance in the scientific field ($1,000); and
  • A University of Louisville Full Tuition Scholarship Award.

2001 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)

Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2001 by for Awards, ISEF.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is the world's largest pre-college celebration of science. Held annually in May, the Intel ISEF brings together over 1,200 students from 40 nations to compete for scholarships, tuition grants, internships, and scientific field trips. This year's ISEF was held in San Jose, California.

  • Michael Ng & Patrick Li
    "Sol-Gel Synthesis of Yttrium Iron Garnet Magnets"
    • Team Projects Presented by Science News -- Third Award of $1,000
    • San Jose State University-College of Science and College of Engineering In collaboration with Silicon Valley companies the colleges offer scholarships for study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in specified disciplines of science and engineering -- Scholarships of at least $8,000 per year for four years ($32,000 total)
    • US Army Award -- $3,000, a Certificate of Achievement, and a gold medallion
    • American Chemical Society -- First Award of $500
  • Angela Lee
    "Group I Metabotropic Glutamate Receptors in Epilepsy."
    • Medicine and Health Presented by Merck Research Laboratories -- Second Award of $1,500
    • American Physiological Society For the best projects in the physiological sciences which include cellular physiology, animal physiology and neurophysiology -- First Award of $1,000
  • Nadezhda Belova & Alisa Neymark
    "Tactile and Olfactory Aspects of Environmental Mapping in Procambarus clarkii"
    • Team Projects Presented by Science News -- Fourth Award of $500
    • Eastman Kodak Company For the best use of photography to gather data, solve a problem, or to clearly explain the essence of their science project -- Honorable Mention Awards of $250

2000 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)

Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2000 by for Awards, ISEF.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is the world's largest pre-college celebration of science. Held annually in May, the Intel ISEF brings together over 1,200 students from 40 nations to compete for scholarships, tuition grants, internships, and scientific field trips. This year's ISEF was held in Detroit, Michigan.

  • Eugene Simuni
    "Role of Interdomain Interactions in the Activation Mechanism of the G Proteins."
    • Endocrine Society Award, Honorable Mention
  • Emmanuelle St Jean
    "Evidence for a Lipoprotein Scavenger Receptor in the African Trypanosome."
    • Microbiology Award presented by Intel, Third Award of $1,000
    • Albert B. Sabin Vaccine Institute Award of $500 for participants whose projects are related to infectious disease, vaccinology or immunology.

1999 Report to the Parents Association

Posted on Monday, May 24, 1999 by for Awards, ISEF, STS.

Two Midwood students Sohail Arif and Imran Ahmed won a trip to Philadelphia and the International Science and Engineering Fair where they represented Midwood High School and the City of New York. They were the only team project selected from New York City to compete at the Fair. In Philadelphia, Sohail and Imran had the opportunity to present their science project in competition against the world at the Olympics of Science Fair Competitions. One of the great experiences they had in Philadelphia was that while practicing for the competition, an elderly gentleman walked over to their display and asked them if they wanted to present their project to him. After the presentation, the gentleman asked them questions about their project. Looking at the man’s name tag, Sohail realized that he was speaking to Leon Lederman a Nobel Laureate in Physics.

This year Midwood maintained its status as one of the foremost science research schools in the country as eight students won the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search. Seven of these winners did projects in the Sciences. Laurie Ferguson won with her project, "Self-Assembly of Titanium Dioxide Aerogels by Inclusion of Degussa P25 Powder". Aviva Laurenti did a project on "Anaerobic Biofilm on Levels of Trihalomethanes in New York City Tap Water". Meghan Lembeck won with "Efficiency of Cross-Linking FMR1 Gene With Mitomycin C: Novel Method in Resolving Intermolecular Cross-Links". Carmela Olevsky won with "CD30 Overexpression Mediates Programmed Cell Death via Caspase and BcI-2 Sensitive Pathway". Katerina Pilevina was a winner with the "Role of Subicular Cell Types in Epileptiform Sharp Waves" and Kim Fai Wong won with "Acute Stress and Role of Corticosterone on Hippocampal Long-Term Potentiation".

Many other students were science fair winners during the year. Fifteen students were winners of the New York State Science Talent Search. Midwood Winners were Shin-Bey Chang, Aviva Laurenti, Meghan Lembeck, Jonathan Saukin, Carmela Olevsky, Sara Nakhmanovich, Virmarie Ruiz, Kim Fai Wong, Zahid Qureshi, Solange Williams, Laurie Ferguson, Yee Fan Fung, Fun Yu Kay, Katerina Pilevina, Joanne Yee, and Jane Fishler.

Last year Midwood was the hub for science research in Brooklyn. Dr. Shapiro hosted science research activities for teachers throughout Brooklyn. He obtained the help of experts in the use of the TI-83 calculator and the Calculator Based Laboratory to train teachers how to use this new technology in the classroom. He also presented a workshop on "Teaching Science Literacy with the New York Times".

Mr. Touger with the help of his research class published another outstanding edition of PRISM. We hope that you will obtain a copy of this publication when you visit Midwood as it highlights many of the science related activities at our school.

Our students had excellent results on the Physical Science Regents exams. More of our students passed the Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science Regents exams than any other school in Brooklyn, and we had the highest passing percentage on the Chemistry Regents exam. If we consider only those schools with a mimimum of 50 students taking an exam than we had the highest passing percentage in Physics and in Earth Science.

The Advanced Placement exams held in May determine whether students will be able to receive college credit for the course work that they do in High School. Fifty-nine of our physics students and forty-seven of our chemistry students qualified for college credit by scoring a 3 or higher on their AP exam, while fifteen of our students achieved a perfect 5.

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