Two Headed to Intel ISEF, 21 Honored

Syosset HS Researchers Qualify for International Science and Engineering Fair; 21 Regional Honors at LISEF and NYSSEF

Following their respective first-place finishes at the recent Long Island Science and Engineering Fair and New York State Science and Engineering Fair, Syosset High School students Mohamed El-Abtah and Sarah Lee have qualified for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, to be held in Phoenix, Arizona, in May.

Mohamed won first place in Biomedical Health Sciences for his project that explored alternatives to chemotherapy when treating liver cancer and hepatitis. He conducted his research at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Bio Repository. Sarah won first place in Chemistry for her research on alternative ways to block pain receptors in the body absent of side effects and consequences associated with over-the-counter medications. She conducted her research at Stony Brook University.

“Mohamed and Sarah are two of the most dedicated, caring and intense research students I have ever had the pleasure of working with,” said Syosset High School research facilitator Veronica Ade. “Their work toward treating illnesses and injury in a less intrusive, more compassionate manner is not only groundbreaking, but noble. On behalf of the entire science department, I wish them well at ISEF and congratulate all of our participants and honorees from LISEF and NYSSEF.”

According to its official website, Intel ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. Approximately 1,700 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their research and compete for approximately $4 million in prizes. Students have the opportunity to mingle with Nobel Laureates, meet the brightest student scientists from all over the world and present their work to more than 1,000 judges.

LISEF and NYSSEF serve as qualifying fairs for Intel ISEF. The following Syosset High School students received award for their projects:

LISEF Grand Awards
1st Place, Biomedical Health Sciences – Mohamed El-Abtah
2nd Place, Cellular and Molecular Biology – Joshua Katz
2nd Place, Chemistry – Sarah Lee
2nd Place, Energy – Kunal Shah (with Brian Rhee of Half Hollow Hills HS East and Roshan Patel of Ward Melville HS)
3rd Place, Environmental and Earth Sciences – Benjamin Senzer
3rd Place, Transnational Medicine –Rahul Chaudhry and Sahil Chaudhry
3rd Place, Behavioral and Social Sciences – Daniel Hirsch
4th Place, Biochemistry – Philip Jang

1st Place, Physics – Andrew Ardizzone, Hamza Khilji and Kavan Wadhwa
1st Place, Biology – Allison Hung
2nd Place, Biology – Robert Kleyner
3rd Place, Biology – Niv Skidan and Faisal Younus
3rd Place, Behavioral and Social Sciences – Marshall Feingold
3rd Place, Physics – Daniel Foreman

1st Place, Computational Biology – Arjun Mehrotra*
1st Place, Energy – Kunal Shah*
2nd Place, Chemistry – Sarah Lee*
2nd place, Behavioral and Social Sciences – Daniel Hirsch*
3rd Place, Earth and Environmental Sciences – Benjamin Senzer
3rd Place, Translational Medicine – Rahul Chaudhry and Sahil Chaudhry
Honorable Mention, Animal Sciences – Alexandra Chan

*Arjun, Kunal, Daniel and Sarah all finished in the top 24 at NYSSEF, advancing to the Lightning Round. Sarah finished in the top 13 in the round, qualifying for ISEF.