CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN WESEF 2018

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 Intel 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 INTEL 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!

BEST OF LUCK TO THE WESEF FINALISTS PRESENTING THIS WEEK AT INTEL ISEF IN LA!

Here are the Finalists at their Posters, representing WESEF at the INTEL International Science & Engineering Fair. In total there were close to 1800 student competitors from over 60 different countries across the globe!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WESEF 2014 PARTICIPANTS!

Over 370 students from 30 area high schools in Westchester and Putnam Counties presented their science research projects at the 14th annual Regeneron – Westchester Science and Engineering Fair, sponsored by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Acorda Therapeutics & Entergy. Students showcased their multi-year research science projects in a competitive venue featuring individual and team poster presentations. They were judged by local experts in the fields of life science, physical science, environmental studies, psychology and engineering.

complete list of all winners is now available.

The Regeneron – Westchester Science and Engineering Fair, known as “WESEF”, is made possible each year by the generous contributions of local corporate sponsors including

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Acorda Therapeutics & Entergy.  Additional sponsors include Boehringer Ingelheim, Fujifilm, Carl Zeiss Microscopy, Psychogenics, Westchester Academy of Medicine, Philips, Momentive, Philips, Fisher Scientific, and others.  In total, the sponsors have donated over $100,000 for this year’s event.  This allowed WESEF to award nearly 70% of all students with some form of recognition.

GRAND PRIZES 
The following students won a spot at the International Sustainable World Project Olympiad thanks to a donation from Entergy. This competition known as ISWEEEP brings together over 700 students from over 60 countries whose projects have focused on sustainability in the areas of Energy, Environment and Engineering (www.isweeep.org).

Dalia Laredo
Somers High School
Title:

Dylan Gambardella
Hendrick Hudson High School
Title:

Jeffrey Hurd and Christin Adams (Team Project)
Pelham High School
Title:

The following students represent the 13 projects (10 individuals and 3 teams) that won a trip to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) thanks to donations from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Acorda Therapeutics.

The Intel ISEF is the larger and more global of the two Intel sponsored events (www.societyforscience.org/isef). Intel ISEF will be held in Los Angeles, California this year in May and will bring together over 1,500 science fair winners from 60 countries.

Samuel Goldman
Pelham High School
Title: Structural Snapshots of K lactis Purine Nucleoside Phosphorylase trapped with Transition State Analog Inhibitors

Charlotte Herber
Fox Lane High School
Title of Project: Evidence of Toll-like Receptor Nine-Mediated Amelioration of Amyloid Pathology in a TgSwDI Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease

Adam Illowsky
Ossining High School
Project Title: The MAPT H1 Haplotype is Associated with an Increased Clinical and Neuropathological Severity of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Ben Ross
Ossining High School
Title: An Optimized Analysis of Wind Flows in the Urban Environment and the Identification of Feasible Building Augmented Wind Turbine Sites

Alexander Kaufman
Horace Greeley High School
Title: Constructing an HBV Reporter Virus

Karan Desai
Edgemont High School
Project Title: Loss of TDP43 in Motor Neurons Leads to Deficits in Axonal RNAs in an Animal Model of ALS

Xinxin Du
Scarsdale High School
Title: An Exploratory Investigation of miRNA Regulation of ACSL-4 in Androgen Deprivation Therapy Resistant Prostate Cancer

Ari Kanevsky
Ossining High School
Project Title: Development of a Novel Machine Learning Algorithm to Monitor Vascular Tissue Transfers Using Speech Classification Techniques

Ivan Paskov
Edgemont High School
Title: Predicting Cancer Drug Response using Nuclear Norm Multi-Task Learning

Elizabeth Sobolik
Sleepy Hollow High School
Title: Generating iPSCs from Human Adipocyte Tissue for Differentiation into Nociceptive Neurons

Alyson Winter & Abigail Kamen
Ossining High School
Title: Psychosocial Variables Affecting Breast Cancer Quality of Life

Erik Santini and Matthew Wrubel
Yorktown High School
Title: Compressed Air Energy Storage

Zhun Che, Julia Kavanagh, Luke Hellum
Pelham Memorial High School
Title of Project: Identification of Genes Involved in Metabolism and Toxicity of Host-Derived Toxin Methylglyoxal in Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium smegmatis

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WESEF 2013 PARTICIPANTS!

Over 350 students from 33 area high schools in Westchester and Putnam Counties presented their science research projects at the 13th annual Regeneron – Westchester Science and Engineering Fair, sponsored by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Acorda Therapeutics & Entergy.  Students showcased their multi-year research science projects in a competitive venue featuring individual and team poster presentations. They were judged by local experts in the fields of life science, physical science, environmental studies, psychology and engineering.

COMPLETE LIST OF ALL WINNERS IS NOW AVAILABLE.

GALLERY OF PHOTOS FROM THE AWARDS CEREMONY IS NOW AVAILABLE 

The Regeneron – Westchester Science and Engineering Fair, known as “WESEF”, is made possible each year by the generous contributions of local corporate sponsors including

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Acorda Therapeutics & Entergy.  Additional sponsors include Fujifilm, Carl Zeiss Microscopy, Psychogenics, Westchester Academy of Medicine, Momentive, Philips and others.  In total, the sponsors have donated over $100,000 for this year’s event.  This allowed WESEF to award nearly 70% of all students with some form of recognition.

GRAND PRIZES 
The following (3) students  won a spot at the International Sustainable World Project Olympiad thanks to a donation from Entergy. This competition known as ISWEEEP brings together over 700 students from over 60 countries whose projects have focused on sustainability in the areas of Energy, Environment and Engineering (www.isweeep.org).

Elizabeth R Crumley
Yorktown High School
Title: Freestanding Bamboo Gridshell Shelters for Sustainable Relief Efforts

Edward Aryee 
Ossining High School
Title: Investigating the Impact of Post-Anoxic Dissolved Oxygen Concentrations on Nitrous Oxide Emissions in the Full Nitrification Process

Daniel M. Scanteianu
Ossining High School
Title: A Non-Holonomic Wedge Skiing Robot For Sustainable Snow Transport and Rescue


The following students represent the 13 projects (10 individuals and 3 teams) that won a trip to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) thanks to donations from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Acorda Therapeutics.

The Intel ISEF is the larger and more global of the two Intel sponsored events (www.societyforscience.org/isef). Intel ISEF will be held in Phoenix, Arizona this year in May and will bring together over 1,500 science fair winners from 60 countries.

Sheida Takmil
Ossining High School
Title: Intranasal Administration of Neuropeptide-Y Influences Development of PTSD-like Symptoms

Claudia Mimoso 
Ossining High School
Title of Project: Looking Within the Lesion: Transcriptome of Psoriatic Skin Reveals Changes in Apoptosis Signaling and Genes Associated with Atherosclerosis

Charlotte Herber
Fox Lane High School
Project Title: Histological Evidence of Toll-Like Receptor Nine Amelioration of Amyloid Pathology in a TgSwDI Mouse Model

Daniel Fulop
John Jay High School
Title: A POTENTIAL TREATMENT FOR CIRRHOSIS: Retinol-Palmitic Acid Treatments in Combination with Knockdown of the miR-23b Cluster Reverts Activated Cirrhotic Hepatic Stellate Cells to the Quiescent Healthy State

Ryan Malpass
Dobbs Ferry High School
Title: Directed Differentiation of Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells into Dorsal Root Ganglia

Caleb Hersh
Ossining High School
Project Title: Quantifying the Impact of Nighttime Light Exposure and Sleep Duration on Melatonin Levels in Adolescents

Abigail Orlando
Eastchester High School
The Effect of Emoticon Stimuli on Human Facial Muscle Activation and Social Evaluation using Electromyographic Technology: A Novel Determination

Sarah Ruthen
Briarcliff High School
Project Title: The Effects of Equine-Assisted Therapy on the Socila Functioning of Autistic Adults

Brett Bell
Pelham Memorial High School
Title: Angiopoietin-1 and R-Spondin1 Mitigate Radiation Induced Gastrointestinal Syndrome

Haoxuan Yuan
Pelham memorial high school
Title: Menin Controlled Cell Differentiation, Renewal, and Transformation of Normal and Neoplastic Stem Cells

Amrita Ramesh & Sania Khalid
Ossining High School
Title – Semaphorin7A and Cadherin-8 are Crucial for Cortical Circuitry Development: Implications for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)

Haris Nair (Hastings High School) & Samantha Prashad (Rockville Center High School)
Title: Construction, Characteristics and Mathematical Modeling of an E. coli based Fuel Cell
(team project with Samantha Prashad)

Zhun Che & Julia Kavanaugh
Pelham Memorial High School
Title of Project: Combating Mycobacterium Tuberculosis by Induction of Self-Poisoning

WESTCHESTER STUDENTS SCORE TOP AWARDS AT INTEL ISEF 2012!

The seventeen students selected from as WESEF finalists who attended INTEL ISEF in Pittsburgh, PA May 13th -18th, 2012 earned numerous top awards putting Westchester on the map as some of the highest quality science projects in the world!  In total, our WESEF finalists accumulated fourteen awards totalling $25,000! Without the generous contribution of our major sponsors including Progenics PharmaceuticalsRegeneron PharmaceuticalsEntergy, and Acorda Theraupeutics the experience of attending INTEL ISEF would not have been possible.  A big thank you to all the sponsors of WESEF 2012!!!

A complete list of awards won by WESEF Finalists at INTEL ISEF 2012 is available via this link.

To view photos of our WESEF Finalists at Pittsburgh’s INTEL ISEF, please visit our photo gallery.

The WESEF Finalists that attended INTEL ISEF 2012 were: 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WESEF 2012 PARTICIPANTS!

The Westchester Science & Engineering Fair was held on Saturday, March 10th, 2012 at Sleepy Hollow High School.  In total, a record number of 330 student presenters showcased their research achievements in this highly competitive high school science competition.  Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, WESEF was able to award over 150 category awards for projects placing 1st – 4th in their cateogies as well as an additional 120 special awards prizes.

Thanks to a generous donation from Progenics Pharmaceuticals, the primary sponsor of the Westchester Science & Engineering Fair, the top 9 individual projects and top 4 team projects earned an all expenses paid trip to compete in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair held this year in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania!  Those student winners are:

Category SchoolName of winner(s)
BehaviorOssiningCatie Conte & Adam Illowsky
Animal ScienceOssiningPamela Brigleb & Amanda Bernstein
Medicine & HealthYorktownFrank Cao & Lily Cao
BiochemistryBriarcliffJenny Yang & Jessica Li
Plant ScienceOssiningAmelia Clements
BehaviorOssiningKatharine Mangialardi
Cell BiologyFox LaneMatthew Bruck
BiochemistryYorktownPriya Mohindra
BehaviorYorktownLaura Anderson
BiochemistryOssiningMaite Antola
EngineeringSomersBayley Meichner
Medicine & HealthHastingsHannah Street
BehaviorYorktownKathleen Mavrommatis

Additionally, a second major award, sponsored by Entergy, supports the three top student projects in Environmental Science and/or engineering to attend the ISWEEEP competition held in Houston, Texas later this year.  The winners of this competition were:

CategorySchoolName of Winner(s)
EnvironmentBriarcliffSteve Kalayam
EnvironmentYorktownMiwa Wenzel
EnvironmentSleepy HollowChristian Zhinin & Alex Mendonca

Congratulations to all student presenters. The enthusiasm, passion for science and quality of research you presented was applauded by the judges and serves as an inspiration for all.  Thanks for your participation and we look forward to seeing you next year at WESEF 2013!

2011 WESEF FINALISTS WIN TOP AWARDS AT INTEL ISEF IN LOS ANGELES, CA

2011 WESEF FINALISTS WIN TOP AWARDS AT INTEL ISEF IN LOS ANGELES, CA

THE STUDENT-RESEARCHER FINALISTS FROM THE 
11TH ANNUAL PROGENICS – REGENERON – ACORDA: WESTCHESTER/PUTNAM SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR
COMPETE AND WIN TOP AWARDS AT THE INTEL INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR

THE TOP 1,500 STUDENTS FROM OVER 50 COUNTRIES

On Saturday, March 13, 2010 in the Sleepy Hollow High School Gymnasium over 250 students from 30 area high schools in Westchester and Putnam Counties gathered to present their extensive research projects at the 10th annual Progenics – Regeneron – Acorda Westchester Science and Engineering Fair.  Students showcased their accomplishments in a competitive venue featuring individual and team poster/interview style presentations and were judged by local experts in the fields of science, math, environmental studies, psychology and engineering.

Thanks to generous donations by Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, and Acorda Therapeutics, the top 8 individual projects and 4 team projects from WESEF, won an all expense paid trip to compete in Los Angeles, California at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the “superbowl” of science fairs, (http://www.societyforscience.org/isef).  This is the larger and more global of the two Intel sponsored events (the other being the Intel Science Talent Search). At the Intel ISEF, more than 1,500 high school student, science fair winners, from over 50 countries competed for $4 million in prizes and scholarships.

The WESEF finalists (listed below) won more than $50,000 in cash and scholarships at ISEF….

Liza Strauss of Mamaroneck High School won 1st place American Psychological Association Award ($1250.00) and the 1st place US Air Force Award of $3000.00 for her study of cognitive neuroscience on arithmetic combinatorial processing using MEG.

Jayanth Krishnan of Mahopac High School placed 3rd in Engineering ($1000.00) and won the National Antivivisection Society Award and the European Organization for Nuclear Research-CERN Award including a trip to CERN Switzerland for his research on regulatory signatures of cancer cell lines inferred from gene expression data.

Joy Li of Briarcliff High School took 3rd place in Medicine and Health ($1000.00) for her study on predicting outcomes of heart failure patients after mechanical circulatory support device implantation.

Tyler St. Dennis of John Jay High School took 3rd place in Microbiology ($1000.00), won the 1st place U.S. Air Force Award ($2000.00), National Collegiate Inventers and Innovators Alliance Award ($1000.00)  and the Patent and Trademark Office Society Award ($150.00) for his research on bacterial heat shock response to photodynamic therapy.

Kyle Bardwell of Ossining High School took 1st place in Animal Science ($3000.00) for studying the human impact on screech owl populations.

Evan Olin and Catherine Conte of Ossining High School won 2nd place in Behavioral Science ($1500.00) for their work on tibial shock as one transitions from shod to barefoot running.

Katherine Mangialardi of Ossining High School won 3rd place in Behavioral Science ($1000.00) and a $60,000.00 Scholarship to the Florida Institute of Technology for her work studying altruism in adolescents.

Matthew McIntyre of Yorktown High School won 2nd place in Microbiology ($1500.00) and the U.S. Army Award including a $4000.00 scholarship and a trip to London, England for his work on a possible solution to the worldwide malaria epidemic by  identifying the genetics of the parasite that causes malaria like diseases that could be targeted by future pharmaceuticals

Michael Cerabona of Yorktown High School won 4th place in Engineering ($500.00) and the GE Energy Award ($1000.00) for his work in creating a solar cell tracking device that uses a shape memory alloy known as “Muscle Wire” to guide a solar panel to follow the path of the sun.

Gabriel Weissman of Horace Greeley High School and Priya Mohindra of Yorktown High School won 4th place in Biochemistry ($500.00) for their project on early detection of breast cancer by finding a better way to bind a cancer detection chemical to early stage breast cancer cells.

Sara Albala of John Jay High School won the American Statistical Association Award and the IIT College of Psychology Award ($40,000.00) for her study on the effect of living arrangements and social support on hypertension.

Official Intel ISEF Press Releases

http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/press

For more information contact:

Michael Blueglass WESEF President / Yorktown High School Science Research Director (W) 914-243-0561

(C)914-447-3568 (Fax) 914-248-9658