Hampton Bays to host Virtual Science Research Symposium – Part II

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While presenting in person is not possible due to COVID-19, Hampton Bays High School science research students continue to persist. On Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m., the science research program will host a second virtual Science Research Symposium featuring science research students in grades 9, 10 and 11. The presentation will be streamed live on the district’s Facebook page and include a question-and-answer session.


The session follows a virtual presentation by senior science research students that was held in April.

During the virtual symposium, students, under the direction of science research teacher Dr. Stephanie Forsberg, will present their findings on a wide variety of topics, including those related to wireless radiation, ticks, the effects of nitrogen and T-cell immunotherapy.

Student presenters include:

Grade 9

Elijah Amos –How radiation in space affects the body of astronauts

Zoey Engeldrum –Music’s effects on mood and the impact on the brain

William Mendel –The spread of multiple tick species across Northern America

Katelyn Pennacchia –The effects of bacterial infections and viruses on the immune system 

Sofia Solano –The harmful effects of wireless radiation on the human body

Grade 10

Aliyah Cukaj –The detection of West Nile Virus in New York

Mentor: Dr. Scott Campbell, Suffolk County Department of Health

Kristina Georges –Pathology of Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

Mentor: Dr. Jamie Wong, Tisch Multiple Sclerosis Research Center

Lily Heavey –T Cell Immunotherapy as an Emerging Cancer Treatment

Mentor: Dr Marc Wehrli, Harvard University

Ryan Hughes Cochlodinium polykrikoides and its effects on marine life

Even Kuffner – Effects of nitrogen on the growth rates of Cyanobacteria

Sofia Lauther –Hutchinson Gilford Progeria Syndrome, a genetic condition characterized by premature aging

Mentor: Dr. Worman, Columbia University

Grade 11

David Catena –The Formulation of Anatomical Models with 3D Printing

Mentor: Dr. Murat Guvendiren, New Jersey Institute of Technology 

Tara Lauther – Trends in Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Mentor: Dr. Puja Parikh, Stony Brook University Hospital

Shaina Pierce –Determining how Interference effects Radio Telescope data

Mentor: Ms. Justine Haupt, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Dulce Piña –Cognitive Reserve and Dementia

Mentor: Dr. Sean Clouston, Stony Brook University

Katerina Reich –Cochlear implant usage with adolescents

Mentor: Dr. Natalia Stupak, New York University

Saorla Scully –Mental and developmental disorders with relation to personality

Mentor: Dr. Kristin Gainey, University of Western Australia

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