30th Annual Upstate New York
Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

We are delighted to announce the final winners of the 30th Annual Upstate New York Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. The following finalists were chosen from thirty-three Speaker PowerPoint presentations and thirty-three Poster presentations, who represent forty-one high schools across New York State.

It has been estimated that the event was attended by upwards of 600 participants, including science research students and teachers, scientist judges, faculty, undergraduate and graduate students.

This year, we are able to provide three of the final winners at the Symposium with scholarships. First, second and third place winners will be awarded scholarships (1st place: $2,000; 2nd place: $1,500; 3rd place: $1,000) by the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, sponsors of the JSHS program.

All five speaker finalists from the Upstate NY Junior Science and Humanities Symposium will have an expense paid trip and be our region’s delegates at the 53rd National JSHS to be held April 29 – May 2, 2015 in Hunt Valley, Maryland. The top two finalists are invited to compete for military-sponsored scholarships by presenting their research in oral sessions held on Thursday, April 30. All other regional delegates are invited to present their research in poster sessions held on Friday, May 1. All sessions will be held at the Hunt Valley Inn, Hunt Valley, MD.

Finally without further delay the results of the 30th Upstate NY Junior Science and Humanities Symposium are:

Speaker Final Session Winners:

1st Place: Juliet Ivanov, Ossining High School, for Investigating the protective effects of interleukin-22 on intestinal epithelium: potential graft-versus-host disease treatment.

2nd Place: Elizabeth Keeley, Ossining High School, for Depression Modulates SIRT1 and SIRT2 mRNA Expression in the Prefrontal Cortex, the Nucleus Accumbens, and the Hippocampus.

3rd Place: Swarnav Pujari, Yorktown High School, for Solving the Energy Crisis One Step at a Time.

4th Place: Danielle Bonser, Saratoga Springs High School, for Effects of an apterous Gene Mutation on Drosophila Circadian Activity Rhythms.

5th Place: Christopher Gallego, Ossining High School, for Observing the Impact of Lypd6 Presence in the Development and Interaction of Parvalbumin and Somatostatin Inhibitory Neurons.

Second and Third Place Winners in their Speaker Session:

Behavioral Sciences
2nd Place: Tess Halpern, Ossining High School
3rd Place: Omar Hafez, Monroe-Woodbury High School

Molecular and Cell Biology
2nd Place: Elizabeth Sobolik, Sleepy Hollow High School
3rd Place: Brooklyn Grossbard, Nyack High School

Biomedical Sciences
2nd Place: Emily Grossman, Croton-Harmon High School
3rd Place: Stephanie Becker, Ossining High School

General and Environmental Biology
2nd Place: Dalia Laredo, Somers High School
3rd Place: Amanda Morel, Pelham High School

Physical Sciences
2nd Place: Elizabeth Sobolik, Sleepy Hollow High School
3rd Place: Brooklyn Grossbard, Nyack High School

Poster Final Session Winners:

Session 1:
1st Place: Amanda Lombardo, Yorktown High School
2nd Place: Adarsh Subramani, Yorktown High School
3rd Place: Tess Tobin, John Jay High School

Session 2:
1st Place: Brinda Ramesh, Ossining High School
2nd Place: Beckett Morris, Dobbs Ferry High School
3rd Place: Rizza Estacio, White Plains High School

Session 3:
1st Place: Danielle Morea, Somers High School
2nd Place: David Gordon, John Jay High School
3rd Place: Jazz Munitz, Hendrick Hudson High School

Session 4:
1st Place: Ethan Tardio, Irvington High School
2nd Place: Jeffrey Steckler, John Jay High School
3rd Place: Ella Taubenfeld, Byram Hills High School

As part of its ongoing support of JSHS, the American Chemical Society – Corporation Associates will award the $750 American Chemical Society’s Scholarship for Best Paper to Dalia Laredo, for her paper, The Development of an Oil Filter that Uses Biowaste as the Sorptive Media.

We would also like to congratulate this year’s Art in Science winner, Yvonne Liu, for her outstanding depiction of science and art. To view the 2015 Upstate NY JSHS program and cover artwork, visit www.albany.edu/jshs.

Other symposium highlights:

· LCDR Steve Bravo, Naval Reserve Officer with the Office of Naval Research, opened the symposium and encouraged science and engineering in the high schools.
· Dr. John Delano, UAlbany Collins Fellow, Chemistry Professor and Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, welcomed us to the symposium and shared his scientific journey and support for the JSHS program.
· Dr. Samuel Bowser, Research Scientist for the Wadsworth Center in Albany, NY, gave a keynote address, entitled “Ancient Submarine Forests – Trees with more Bite than Bark.”
· Linda Krzykowski, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Provost for Student Engagement, and Special Advisor to the Provost for Professional, Adult, and Continuing Education Initiatives, gave an engaging workshop, “Sharing you Research Story: Effective Presentation Skills for Young Scholars.”

For Doctor Krzykowski's wonderful presentation click here.