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Four JHS Students Honored By Siemens

Jericho students Ken Aizawa, Kevin Huang, Brendan Liu, and Michael Shen were named semifinalists in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, the nation’s premier research competition for high school students.

The students were four of only 322 semifinalists nationally. “We are really proud of these students and all of the hard work that they have done,” said Brian Cummings, curriculum associate for science and technology. “This accomplishment is a result of support from the district as well as the research department and science research coordinator Serena McCalla.”

Senior Michael Shen’s project title is FTO and RPGRIP1L Regulate Proliferation in 3T3-L1 Adipocytes and OXPHOS Gene Expression in HepG2 Hepatocytes. Senior Brendan Liu’s project title is Polyvinylamine Grafted Electrospun Polyacrylonitrile Membranes for Cr(VI) Adsorption. Junior Kevin Huang’s project title is A Heuristic Method for Determining Distance-Optimal Supercomputer Network Topologies. Junior Ken Aizawa’s project title is Implicating domains I/LZI, II/LZII, and IV in the nucleocytoplasmic shuttling of JLP. Only seniors are allowed to participate in this competition as individuals; the Jericho juniors that were named semifinalists have partners that are seniors at another school.

“These students have invested time, energy and talent in tackling challenging scientific research at a young age,” said Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation. “The recognition they have won demonstrates that engagement in STEM is an investment well worth making.”