Honor Student-Scientists

Honor Student-Scientists
During the early March meeting, the district’s Board of Education honored seven Ward Melville High School student-science research students, each of whom recently earned high praise for projects they completed through the school’s InSTAR program.
Those celebrated included:

Brandon Feng (2016 Siemens Competition Semifinalist; 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search Semifinalist; 2017 Long Island Science & Engineering Fair Finalist) – Brandon’s project involved maximizing the collection efficiency of solar panels by using a simulator that varied wind fields in order to measure irradiance.

Albert Liu (2016 Siemens Competition Semifinalist; 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search Semifinalist; 2017 Long Island Science & Engineering Fair Finalist) – Albert’s research focused on devising ways to detect irregular activity in networks using scan statistics.

Kirti Nath (2016 Siemens Competition Semifinalist; 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search Semifinalist; 2017 Long Island Science & Engineering Fair Finalist) – Kirti’s research focused on analyzing the effects of discarded human medications that enter the water system and aquatic environment as sewage pollutants on the development of fish.

Sachin Patnaik (2017 Long Island Science & Engineering Fair Finalist) – Sachin helped design a novel co-culture system for coaxing blood cell precursors called hemangioblasts into progenitor cells that could then further differentiate into many cell types like stem cells.  

Kavya Tangella (2016 Siemens Competition Semifinalist; 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search Semifinalist) – Kavya’s research focused on the relationship between human hearing and seeing.

Nestor Tkachenko (2016 Siemens Competition Finalist; 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search Semifinalist; 2017 Long Island Science & Engineering Fair Finalist) – Nestor’s research focused on making cars that fly using eddy current magnetic levitation.

Emily Xu (2017 Long Island Science & Engineering Fair Finalist) – Emily worked on cloning, isolating and purifying the human OST subunit of the protein Ribophorin 1 and completed crystallization and x-ray diffraction analysis of its structure.