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Four Manhasset Seniors Named Intel Semifinalists

National science competition narrows field to 300 students.

(Photo credit: Manhasset School District)
(Photo credit: Manhasset School District)
Four Manhaset High School students were named among 300 semifinalists in the national Intel Science Talent Search competition.

Manhasset semifinalists and their projects include: 

  • Priya Alagesan: Defining Region-Specific Interactions of Members of the Leading Edge Protein Complex in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
  • Albert Kim: Environmental Toxins, Oxidative Stress, and Mitochondrial Dysfunction in HTB-11 Cells: New Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease Therapy.
  • Michael Kusnierek: The Effect of Prolonged Sonication Periods on the Biofilm Formation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa on CNT Polymer Matrices
  • Kevin Tong: Milk Fat Globule-EGF Factor 8 Alleviates Cell Death in Irradiated Intestinal Epithelial Cells.
Each semifinalist will receive a $1,000 award for their outstanding research.

In the coming weeks, the the field will be narrowed to 40 finaists who will travel to Washington, D.C., from March 6–12 and compete for $405,000 in prizes, including a first place prize worth $100,000.

The Intel Science Talent Search, a program of Society for Science & the Public which began in 1942 — first in partnership with Westinghouse and since 1998 with Intel —  has provided a national stage for the country's best and brightest young scientists to present original research to nationally recognized professional scientists.

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