The Westchester Science & Engineering Fair (WESEF) encourages students to participate in hands on science by providing a forum for showcasing the outstanding research of high school students in Westchester & Putnam counties of New York State and sponsoring the top students from the fair to advance to the REGENERON International Science & Engineering Fair.

Regeneron WESEF 2021 will be Virtual

WESEF judging will take place March 15 – 18th, 2021 as a virtual event held in the evening between 5-9pm using our new zFairs platform.

We will have over 600 students participating in our virtual Regeneron WESEF this year! This means we also need more volunteers who can serve as Judges for this event!

Qualified judges must have:

  • a minimum of 2 years related professional experience beyond receiving their B.A., B.S., or Master’s degree. This would include school psychologists, social workers, registered nurses, EPA and DEA professionals
  • a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent (D.O., Ed.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., etc.) or are current graduate students with more than 2 years of doctoral-level research experience or within one year of doctoral dissertation defense.

If you would like to sign up to serve as a judge for our event, please visit the follow link to get our zfairs site where you will create an account and register as a judge:


Students and judges will be scheduled for presentations in “virtual rooms” through the zFairs platform. Each student will present to two or three judges at a time for two or three different judging sessions; this will allow students to be independently evaluated by six highly qualified judges.
The WESEF awards ceremony will be shown several days after the fair as a livestream or a pre-recorded ceremony – details to follow. Thanks to the generous support of our charitable donors, WESEF will continue our tradition of awarding students with category and special awards including the opportunity to participate in the virtual 2021 Regeneron ISEF.


Congratulations to all the WESEF Finalists who attended ISEF 2019 in Phoenix, AZ! It was an incredible week meeting other amazing young scientists from all over the world! Our WESEF students had a blast interacting with the judges and sharing the cutting edge research they had completed.

Many of our WESEF Finalists took home Grand and Special Awards, a testament to the caliber of their research and the innovation of their ideas. The WESEF student winners include:

Giovanni Santucci – Ossining High School:
1st Place and BEST IN CATEGORY in the Behavioral Sciences; earned $8000, $1000 for his school, $1000 for WESEF, and had a minor planet named in his honor by the CERES Connection; American Psychological Association Honorable Mention Award

Rachel Joseph – Somers High School:
2nd Place in Environmental Engineering category, earned $1500 and had a minor planet named in his honor by the CERES Connection

Shrila Shah – Yorktown High School (NYSSEF Finalist): 2ndPlace in Biomedical Engineering category, earned $1500 and had a minor planet named in his honor by the CERES Connection

Renner Kwittken – Byram Hills High School:
3rd Place in Translational Medicine, earned $1000

Jed Katzenstein – Dobbs Ferry High School:
3rd Place in Cellular & Molecular Biology, earned $1000

Cheryl Luo – Yorktown High School:
4th Place in Microbiology, earned $500

Brent Perlman – Byram Hills High School:
4th Place in Microbiology, earned $500

Ryan Onatzevitch – Yorktown High School: 4th Place in Cellular & Molecular Biology, earned $500; also was selected for the National Anti-Vivisection Second Place Award, earned $5000

Kellen Cooks – Ossining High School:
4th Place in Behavioral Science, earned $500

Joseph Atherall – Yorktown High School:
American Psychological Association Honorable Mention Award

Photos from WESEF 2019 are now available – Please click here! 

WESEF 2019 AWARDS & Finalists

During our incredible and exciting awards ceremony, a total of 448 awards were given out including special awards, 1st – 4th place category awards and grand awards which included 9 students being selected to attend the International Genius Olympiad and 18 students who will attend the International Science & Engineering Fair in Phoenix, AZ.

A complete list of the WESEF 2019 awards and recipients can be found here.

The top WESEF Finalists who will represent our region at the International Science & Engineering Fair in Phoenix are:

Behavioral and Social
Yorktown High School Joseph Atherall
Behavioral and Social
Ossining High School Kellen Cooks
Behavioral and Social
Ossining High School Giovanni Santucci
Biochemistry Ossining High School Magdalene Ford
Cellular and
Molecular Biology
Somers High School Sun Graham
Cellular and
Molecular Biology
Yorktown High School Ryan Onatzevitch
Cellular and
Molecular Biology

Byram Hills High
Brent Perlman
Engineering Somers High School Rachel Joseph
Medicine and Health
Byram Hills High
Renner Kwittken
Microbiology Yorktown High School Cheryl Luo
Byram Hills High
Samantha Abbruzzese
Dobbs Ferry High
Jed Katzenstein
Yorktown High School Janani Rajadurai
Pooja Rajadurai
Engineering Ardsley / Hackley Isha Brahmbhatt
Anastasia Popova
Medicine and Health Ardsley High School Adeel Arif
Amber Arif

Additionally, our Genius Olympiad Finalists who will attend the International Genius Olympiad are:

Animal SciencesSleepy Hollow High
Molly Brennan
Behavioral and Social
Pelham Memorial
High School
Isabelle Anderson
Behavioral and Social
Briarcliff Manor High
Christopher Li
Cellular and
Molecular Biology
Ossining High SchoolFanny Zhang
Ossining High SchoolHammad Hassan
Horace Greeley High
Alec Xiang
Medicine and HealthArdsley High SchoolGillian Gold
Medicine and HealthYorktown High SchoolAnna Prybylski
NeuroscienceHastings High SchoolMia Veefkind

Congratulations to all who attended! You are all to be celebrated for taking on the world’s biggest problems and conducting scientifically rigorous studies in search of solutions. You are change makers! You ensure our future is bright!


This year was our biggest and best Regeneron Westchester Science & Engineering Fair yet! In total, we had approximately 560 projects representing 44 high schools in our region including Westchester and Putnam Counties. The caliber of our students’ work was exceptional and rivals that of professional scientists!

We are excited to share the results of our science fair:

A complete list of all Regeneron WESEF winners can be found here.

The top Regeneron WESEF winners will advance to the International Science & Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, PA May 13th – May 19th where they will compete among 1,800 students from more than 75 countries around the world for $4 million in prizes.

Additionally, Regeneron WESEF is able to the send nine qualifying projects to the Genius Olympiad June 11th – June 16th, an international science fair held in Oswego, NY which will include a total of 600 projects from over 70 countries.

We must additionally thank the more than 300 judges who volunteers to support student interests in science by giving generously of their time on a Saturday morning.

Finally, we recognize that this science fair would not be possible without the continued support of our donor organizations including our top donors Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Acorda Therapeutics, Entergy, and Boehringer Ingelheim Cares.  Additional information on our donors can be found here.

Photos from the awards ceremony can be found here.

The Photo Montage from the Awards Ceremony is available here.

The top 12 individual and top 3 teams advancing to the International Science & Engineering Fair are:

Name School
Caitlin O’Donnell Yorktown High School
Alaina Otto Sleepy Hollow High School
Simon Peck Fox Lane High School
Madiha Zia Ossining High School
Jessica Finkler Mahopac High School
Eden Sheinin Yorktown High School
Tara Venkatadri Ardsley High School
Sarah Broas Putnam Valley High School
Rachel Joseph Somers High School
Kiera Mallinson Pelham Memorial High School
Michaela Kyer Yorktown High School
Isha Puri Horace Greely High School
Julia Piccirillo-Stosser, Sabrina Piccirillo-Stosser, & Kiara Tavares Ossining High School
Hannah Bilton & Emma Bilton Yorktown High School
Jainil Sutaria, Rachel Li, & Chelsea Wang Ardsley High School

The top 9 projects advancing to the Genius Olympiad are:

Name School
Magdalene Ford Ossining High School
Ryan Onatzevitch Yorktown High School
Madeleine Sleeman Fox Lane High School
Peter Wei Pelham Memorial High School
Pranav Burugula Yorktown High School
Chirag Kumar Horace Greeley High School
Jamie Kramer Dobbs Ferry High School
Bryan Mesquita Westlake High School
Susanna Weber Mamaroneck High School

Many thanks to all who helped to pull this event together, including the donors, judge volunteers, teachers, parents, mentors, and student volunteers!  Thank you for your continued participation, interest, and support!