Kennedy Students Earn Regeneron Science Semi-Final Distinction

Like clockwork, three Kennedy High School seniors were picked as semi-finalists in the 2019 Regeneraon Science Talent Search  contest.  The recognition as a Regeneron Scholar places them among the top 300 brightest young scientists in the nation.

Kennedy Regeneron Semifinalists (1)Kennedy High School students Jonathan Mashal, Whitney Sussman and Jake Levine 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars. Photo: Three Village Central School District

Recognition as a Regeneron Scholar places them among the top 300 brightest young scientists in the nation.

“Their projects are the culmination of three years of independent graduate-level scientific research completed under the mentorship of a scientist in a field of study which they are passionate about,” explained Science Chair Robert Soel.

Jake Levine’s research project is “Fasciclin 2 Expression is Positively Correlated with Gut Function Under Nutrient-Poor Conditions in Drosophila melanogaster.” Jonathan Mashal’s research project is “Bay Scallop and Eastern Oyster Survival Within Crepidula fornicata Shell Beds in the Peconic Bays, New York.” Whitney Sussman’s research project is “The Role of Clock Genes and Hormones in Small Intestinal Glucose Uptake.”

They are all seniors in Barbi Frank’s Advanced Science Research class, a three-year program, at Kennedy High School. Research teachers Barbara Franklin and Orquidea Afonso, as well as Soel, also assisted students with support throughout the program.

The Regeneron STS is the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition. Each scholar, selected from 1,818 entrants, receives a $2,000 award with an additional $2,000 going to his or her respective school. The 40 finalists chosen to compete in Washington, D.C. in March will be announced in late January.

“We congratulate them on this outstanding accomplishment and wish them best of luck in the next phase of the competition,” added Soel.



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