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There’s more great news from the Authentic Science Research Program at Byram Hills High School, this time as our student scientists competed on an international stage.

Three Byram Hills High School students, Samantha Abbruzzese, Renner Kwittken and Brent Perlman, qualified to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona, last week. Renner finished with a third place award, Brent with a fourth place honor. Here, from left, are Samantha Abbruzzese, Brent Perlman, Authentic Science Research teacher Dr. Caroline Matthew and Renner Kwittken.


Three seniors, Samantha Abbruzzese, Renner Kwittken and Brent Perlman, qualified to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona, last week.

Renner won a third place award in the category of Translational Medical Science. His research is titled “Priming the Tumor Microenvironment with Cyclophosphamide to Enhance Nanoparticle Delivery: An Imaging Study.”

Brent won a fourth place honor in the Microbiology category. His study is called “Human Photosynthesis: Functional Chloroplast Sequestration in Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells.”

“Congratulations to our three students for their outstanding scientific research and on earning a spot to compete at this prestigious event,” said Dr. Caroline Matthew, a teacher in the Authentic Science Research Program.

“Congratulations to Renner and Brent for their excellent showing,” she added. “We are so proud of their crowning achievement.”

The competition, a program of the Society for Science & the Public, bills itself as the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. The event featured over 1,800 young scientists from more than 80 countries, regions and territories.

Dr. Matthew said she was “inspired by the students’ passion and dedication to science, as well as the focus on connection and collaboration. ISEF was an impressive and memorable milestone in their lives.”