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Three POBJFKHS Students Announced as Intel Semifinalists

Three students at Plainview Old Bethpage JFK High School were recently named Intel semifinalists. The students are all part of the independent research program at POBJFKHS and they all worked with mentors at SUNY Stony Brook.

Semifinalists Alyssa Reimer submitted a project on Design and synthesis of 11C-labeled tumor-targeting modules and a taxoid-based drug conjugate containing dual tumor-targeting modules. Her mentor was Dr. Ojima - Department of Chemistry, University of Stony Brook.

Jason Littman was named a semifinalist based on his project called “The development siRNA delivery systems for oncogene suppression in human cancers.” His mentor was Valentina Schmidt - Department of Medicine, University of Stony Brook.

Georgios Mourdoukoutas was named a semifinalist for his project called “Anistetic action of Isoflurane on human glycine receptor channels.” His mentor was Dr. James Dilger - Department of Anesthesiology, University of StonyBrook.

The students said that none of this would have been possible without the efforts of research teacher MaryLou O’Donnell, all of their classroom teachers, the support of the POB Board of Education and their families.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public, is the world’s largest pre-college science fair competition, where students have a chance to explore, discover, and innovate.

The Intel ISEF encourages students to tackle challenging scientific questions, using authentic research practices to create solutions to the problems of tomorrow. To judge the projects, more than 1,000 science, engineering, and industry professionals volunteer at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

The Intel competition is America’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition, competing for $1,250,000 in awards. Of these semifinalists, 40 will be named finalists on January 27.