SBU Faculty Mentors 34 Semifinalists in 2013 Intel Science Competition

Intel semifinalist Gloria Zheng with her mentor Dr. James Dilger, Department of Anesthesiology

Stony Brook University mentors have guided 34 high school students into the semifinals of the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search Competition, one of the two national competitions in which budding high school researchers conduct and present their research to nationally recognized professional scientists. This number accounts for more than 10 percent of the 300 semifinalists nationally and nearly 50 percent (26 of 53) semifinalists from Long Island.

The 34 semifinalists mentored at Stony Brook University participated in the Simons Summer Research Program (18), the Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces Summer Research Program (9) or independently (7) under the direction of Stony Brook faculty members. In addition to mentoring 49 percent of Long Island’s semifinalists, Stony Brook faculty mentored four semifinalists from California, two from New Jersey, one from Texas and one from Oregon, respectively.

Since 1998 Stony Brook University has mentored 393 Intel semifinalists and to date, 44 Intel finalists.

Stony Brook University mentors for 2013 Intel semifinalists include: Maricedes Acosta-Martinez, Physiology and Biophysics; Peter Brink, Physiology and Biophysics; Benjamin Chu, Chemistry; Matthew Dawber, Physics and Astronomy; James Dilger, Anesthesiology; Nancy Franklin, Psychology; Dilip Gersappe, Materials Science and Engineering; Paul Gignac, Anatomical Sciences; William Holt, Geosciences; Benjamin Hsiao, Chemistry; Roy Lacey, Chemistry; Jaymie Meliker, Graduate Program in Public Health; Aaron Neiman, Biochemistry and Cell Biology; Iwao Ojima, Chemistry; Miriam Rafailovich, Materials Science and Engineering; Dimitris Samaras, Computer Science; Valentina Schmidt, Medicine; Carlos Simmerling, Chemistry; Balaji Sitharaman, Biomedical Engineering; Peter Tonge, Chemistry; Alan Turner, Anatomical Sciences; Jacobus Verbaarschot, Physics and Astronomy; Lonnie Wollmuth, Neurobiology and Behavior; Gregory Zelinsky, Psychology; and Lei Zuo, Mechanical Engineering.

In the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search, the University mentored eight Intel finalists and the overall grand prize winner Nithin Tumma, a recipient of a $100,000 scholarship, who worked with Dr. Berhane Ghebrehiwet, a Professor of Medicine and Pathology in the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Just last month, Raghav Tripathi, who was mentored by Professor Iwao Ojima, Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry and Director of the Institute of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery, was awarded a $10,000 scholarship and sixth place in the Siemens Science Competition. Raghav is also one of the Intel semifinalists in this year’s competition.

Click here for a detailed list of 2013 Intel semifinalists who conducted their research at Stony Brook, their mentors and project titles.

Forty Intel finalists from the group of 300 semifinalists will be announced on Wednesday, January 23, 2012. A Public Exhibition of Projects for the finalists will be held in Washington, DC, on March 10, 2013.

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