Three Kennedy Seniors Named Regeneron Talent Search Scholars

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Three Kennedy High School seniors have been recognized as 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars on Jan. 9.

Recognition as Regeneron STS Scholars 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 scientist in a field of study which they are passionate about,” explained Science Chair Robert Soel.

Jake Levine’s research project is entitled, Fasciclin 2 Expression is Positively Correlated with Gut Function Under Nutrient-Poor Conditions in Drosophila melanogaster. Jonathan Mashal’s research project is entitled Bay Scallop and Eastern Oyster Survival Within Crepidula fornicata Shell Beds in the Peconic Bays, New York. 

Both Levine and Mashal completed their research at LIU Post. Whitney Sussman’s research work was completed at NYU Winthrop and is entitled, 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.