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2013 New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) Finalists

Posted on Saturday, March 9, 2013 by for Awards, NYCSEF.

15 Midwood Science Research students were declared finalists in the 2013 New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF). NYCSEF is the New York City Department of Education’s annual science and technology research competition, coordinated by the City University of New York (CUNY). More than 700 students from around the city submitted applications to the 2013 NYCSEF. On Sunday, March 3, the qualifying students from high schools across the city met at City College to display their scientific research for the Preliminary Round.

Only the top 100 projects (approximately) are invited to attend the finals round. These students are the best of the best. Wish them good luck at the finals on March 19, 2013 at the American Museum of Natural History.

  • Christopher Ayala (Midwood) & Jing Lin (Stuyvesant) (Physics)
    Project: Encoding information with light’s angular momentum
    Mentor: Giovanni Milione, Department of Physics, City College of New York
  • Ron Baazov (Medicine & Health Sciences)
    Project: Interaction of lupus inducing drugs with hydrogen peroxide and development of a lupus test
    Mentor: Donald Gerber, Department of Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Yao Jiang & Tiffany Loi (Earth & Planetary Sciences)
    Project: The role of pyrite in the iron-sulfur theory
    Mentor: Mim Lal Nakarmi, Department of Physics, Brooklyn College
  • Winnie Li & Kate Wong (Engineering)
    Project: Can you tell the difference?
    Mentor: Mim Lal Nakarmi, Department of Physics, Brooklyn College
  • Judy Li & Sandy Wu (Cellular & Molecular Biology)
    Project: The effect of Zingiber officinale, Allium sativum, and Allium cepa on Tetrahymena thermophila
    Mentor: Ralph Alcendor, department of Biological Sciences, New York City College of Technology
  • Jian Cong (Leo) Liao (Behavioral & Social Sciences)
    Project: Computer-animated images of mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis) produced different preference and behavior effects on live individuals depending on features displayed
    Mentor: Maurizio Porfiri, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of New York University
  • Gabrielle Lynch (Behavioral & Social Sciences)
    Project: Attrition rates in a cohort of 1361 people matched into neurosurgery residency from 1990 to 1999
    Mentor: Uzma Samadani, Department of Neurosurgery, New York University School of Medicine
  • Syeda Rasool (Biochemistry)
    Project: The effect of low dose lead exposure on cortical bone mineral properties of young C57/BL6 female mice
    Mentor: Chase Budell, Department of Biology, Brooklyn College
  • Ziva Rubinstein (Biochemistry)
    Project: Detecting changes in neurons within the hippocampus of mice that learned a spatial task
    Mentor: Juan Marcos Alarcon, Department of Pathology, New York University School of Medicine
  • Zainab Saleem (Behavioral & Social Sciences)
    Project: The effect of the experimenter’s religion on explicit attitudes
    Mentor: Karla Felix, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  • Evelyn Veliz (Medicine & Health Sciences)
    Project: Role of Reck and VEGF signaling pathway during brain angiogenesis
    Mentor: Jesús Torres Vázquez, Department of Developmental Genetics, New York University School of Medicine
  • Klaudia Wojciechowska (Microbiology)
    Project: Effect of penicillin treatment on gut microbiome beta glucuronidase activity in a mouse model
    Mentor: Claudia Plottel, Department of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine