Five Byram Hills High School students - the most from any single Westchester County high school - were selected as scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search. This is one of the most prestigious pre-college science and math awards for high school seniors and was previously known as the Intel Science Talent Search.
The Byram Hills students are Alexis Aberman, Alexandra Brocato, Stella Li, Jeremy Ma and Kylie Roslin.
In total, 24 students from 13 high schools in Westchester County found out Tuesday that they were selected. Byram Hills High School had the most scholars from any single high school, public or private, to garner this prestigious distinction in the county.
From the select pool of scholars, 40 finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C. in March to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists and compete for the top award of $250,000.
The goal of this competition is to recognize the best and brightest young scientists for demonstrating exceptional scientific leadership potential. It is the result of years of study, research and dedication by the students, along with encouragement and direction from the Byram Hills School District and the Dr. Robert Pavlica Authentic Science Research Program, directed by Stephanie Greenwald.
“We are so proud of these students and the recognition they have received for their remarkable projects. Their work is also a credit to the long-standing science program at Byram Hills High School that receives solid support from the District and Board of Education,” said Mrs. Greenwald. This is the 29th year of the Dr. Pavlica Authentic Science Research Program at Byram Hills High School and during this time 104 students have been recognized in this national competition, she added.
Left to right: top row: Stella Li, Jeremy Ma, Alexandra Brocato. Bottom row: Alexis Aberman, Kylie Roslin.
ALEXIS ABERMAN: A Direct Comparison of Infants’ Comprehension of Unique versus Generic Versions of Objects
Alexis investigated if a milestone exists in which infants can make abstractions from unique object labels to generic categories. Utilizing photographs of infants' own objects, eye tracking devices measured infant gazes to determine infants' comprehension of objects' labels. Results provided some evidence that infants have a better understanding of their own objects, suggesting that such a milestone may exist.
ALEXANDRA BROCATO: Illuminating Non-Neuromuscular Phenotypes and Their Temporal Trajectory in Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Using Electronic Health Records
Ali's work centered on Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a neurodegenerative disease that is the leading genetic cause of death in infants. Ali analyzed data from over 45 million Aetna insurance records to create a timeline and trajectory of the disease, which can be used to assist drug development and can allow doctors and researchers to intervene and prevent the next symptomatic fluctuation. Ali’s research methodology paves the way for preventative medicine.
STELLA LI: Differential Effects of Snake Neurotoxin, Taipoxin, on the Endocytosis of Vesicle Membrane Proteins
Stella analyzed the effect of a snake neurotoxin's ability to differentiate the workings of nerve impulses, specifically the endocytosis of vesicle membrane proteins. This enables neurologists to more fully understand synaptic mechanisms and could, in turn, enhance drug development.
JEREMY MA: Perceptual Interactions in Depth Perception: A Quantitative EEG Study
Jeremy created a unique study to measure brain activity of people while perceiving different representations of depth. He used EEG measurements and developed a novel method for analyzing the data. This study is one of the first of its kind to quantitatively analyze visual depth perception.
KYLIE ROSLIN: Exploring the Role of Herpes Simplex Virus-1 Antibodies in Anti-N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Receptor Encephalitis
Kylie identified a unique relationship between the Herpes Simplex Virus and a neurologic autoimmune disorder called NMDAR encephalitis. Her findings could be used to improve the diagnosis and treatment of this rare condition.
The Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS) is a program of Society for Science & the Public. Alumni of STS have made extraordinary contributions to science and hold more than 100 of the world’s most distinguished science and math honors, including the Nobel Prize and the National Medal of Science. Each year, 300 Regeneron STS scholars nationwide and their schools are recognized.
For more information, contact Stephanie Greenwald, Director of the Dr. Robert Pavlica Authentic Science Research Program at Byram Hills High School at 914-273-9200 ext. 4516 or email@example.com