Stay tuned for WESEF 2021 info

Planning for WESEF 2021 is underway! 

WESEF will take place in March, 2021 as a virtual event. More details to follow as we work behind the scenes to plan to make this an excellent experience for all! 

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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
Sciences
Yorktown High School Joseph Atherall
Behavioral and Social
Sciences
Ossining High School Kellen Cooks
Behavioral and Social
Sciences
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
School
Brent Perlman
Engineering Somers High School Rachel Joseph
Medicine and Health
Byram Hills High
School
Renner Kwittken
Microbiology Yorktown High School Cheryl Luo
Neuroscience
Byram Hills High
School
Samantha Abbruzzese
Neuroscience
Dobbs Ferry High
School
Jed Katzenstein
Computational
Biology/Bioinformatics
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
School
Molly Brennan
Behavioral and Social
Sciences
Pelham Memorial
High School
Isabelle Anderson
Behavioral and Social
Sciences
Briarcliff Manor High
School
Christopher Li
Cellular and
Molecular Biology
Ossining High SchoolFanny Zhang
Computational
Biology/Bioinformatics
Ossining High SchoolHammad Hassan
Computational
Biology/Bioinformatics
Horace Greeley High
School
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!

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