Hewlett High School student advances to science symposium


Hewlett High School junior Alexandre Tourneux won first place at regional finals and advances to the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Virginia Beach in April.

The 61st annual symposium brings together 245 high school students who submitted and presented science research papers in regional symposiums at universities nationwide.

Tourneux’s project used machine learning to evaluate gene expression. His research was titled “The Annotation of Novel Datasets for the Training of Cellori (Cell Origin) Spots, A Deep Learning Algorithm for RNA FISH Spot Detection.”

“Alex’s work will allow researchers to measure gene expression accurately and efficiently,” Hewlett High’s Science Research Coordinator, Terrence Bissoondial stated in a news release, “and make the process of measuring gene expression less cumbersome for anyone with access to the program, which will be publicly available soon, I am delighted with the work he did on this project. Regardless of the outcome of competition, the work he’s completed demonstrates his vast aptitude for research.”

Tourneux is the only Hewlett High student to advance to the first place delegate position and is one of five students from Long Island that advanced.