Roslyn High School senior Chelsea Jurman was named the 5th Place Winner and was awarded a $25,000 scholarship in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search (STS) on Tuesday, March 10 in Washington, DC. ìI feel honored to have won, and the week down in DC was an incredible experience,î said Chelsea.
Chelseaís project examined factors associated with underage alcohol consumption. She ran her study at Roslyn High School, under the mentorship of Dr. Allyson Weseley, the districtís coordinator of Secondary Research. Chelsea surveyed 123 high school students last spring about their relationships with their parents, their perceptions of their parentsí drinking, and their own drinking.
ìI found that parents need to strike a balance between the support and supervision of their kids,î Chelsea said. ìThey need to let their kids know that theyíre there for them, but that theyíre not trying to be the cool parent who will let them get away with anything.î
Although the selection of the 40 finalists is based on a research paper they submitted as well as a lengthy application that includes a set of essays and teacher recommendations, the determination of the top 10 Winners is based primarily on a series of interviews they have with panels of scientific experts.
ìThe purpose of the interviews is to see how scientifically they think, to gauge their promise to become a ëcreative scientist,íî said Dr. Weseley.
Chelsea worked hard to prepare for the finals. In addition to creating two new poster boards for the competition, she practiced answering the kind of questions students are rumored to encounter in their finalist interviews. Chelsea also prepared by meeting with several of the high schoolís teachers to brush up on her math and science knowledge. ìThereís no substitute for effort,î said Dr. Weseley, ìand Chelseaís one of the hardest workers Iíve ever worked with.î
Chelsea has been accepted to Yale University but has left her applications in at several other schools.
Roslyn placed last in the top 10 of the Intel STS in 2001 when Johanna Waldman won 7th Place for her study on cheating. Chelsea is the sixth Roslyn student overall to have been a winner in the contest, which was formerly known as the Westinghouse competition.