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Regeneron semifinalists named, including 36 from Long Island


Three hundred semifinalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search were announced Wednesday afternoon, and 36 seniors from Long Island high schools — including seven from the Heralds’ coverage area — were among the mix.

Regeneron, a competition of the Society for Science & the Public, is considered the country’s most prestigious high school science contest. Entrants must submit a 20-page research paper, which can take months or even years to produce, as well as a series of several essays.

Semifinalists and their schools each receive a $2,000 prize. The 300 semifinalists were selected from a pool of 1,993 applicants who hailed from 659 high schools in 49 states. The 40 finalists will be announced in late January.

According to the SSP, “Scholars were chosen based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists.”

The Herald will be publishing profiles on each of the semifinalists from our coverage area in the Jan. 16 edition. In the meantime, here is a list of scholars from our area:

 Sara Bahri, Age: 17, Lynbrook High School, Lynbrook

Project Title: Altered Bilayer Elasticity as a Novel Mechanism for Aminoglycoside Antibiotics’ Toxicity   

Andrew Brinton, Age: 17 , John F. Kennedy High School, Bellmore

Project Title: Marsh Restoration: Ribbed Mussels (Geukensia demissa) as a Revival Mechanism to Rebuild the Coastal Salt Marshes of Long Island, New York

Keaton Danseglio, Age: 17, North Shore High School, Glen Head

Project Title: Transgenerational Effects of Paternal Stress in Drosophila melanogaster

Kenar Gelman, Age: 17, John F. Kennedy High School, Bellmore

Project Title: Chondrocyte Adenosine A2A receptor signaling leads to cellular homeostasis through activation of Protein Kinase A (PKA)

Nicole Khaimov, Age: 17, Glen Cove High School, Glen Cove

Project Title: Emotional Intelligence and Moral Competence Across Age Groups: A Study of Secondary School Students and Teachers

Kyra McCreery, Age: 17, North Shore High School, Glen Head

Project Title: Associations between the Slowdown in North Atlantic Tropical-Cyclone Translation Speed and Intensifying Storm Precipitation

Katherine St George, Age: 17 , John F. Kennedy High School, Bellmore

Project Title: The Ketogenic Diet Ameliorates The Effects of Caffeine in Seizure Susceptible Drosophila melanogaster