Education News: Students Mentored at Stony Brook Take Big Steps in National Competition

Newswise — Stony Brook, NY, October 24, 2017 -- Fifty-five high school students mentored by Stony Brook University research faculty qualified among the 491 semifinalists named in one of the nation’s top STEM research competitions, the Siemens Competition. This large percentage of Stony Brook-mentored students encompasses research projects in chemistry, computer science, ecology, materials science, pharmacology and physics.  Of those 55 students, 36 are from New York State and 19 are from other states nationwide; and 39 of these students were participants in the Garcia Research Scholar Program, directed by Dr. Miriam Rafailovich.  In another wave of winners named, 12 of the 55 semifinalists mentored by Stony Brook University faculty were announced as Siemens regional finalists. National winners will be announced among the regional finalists in December. See this link for the list of Stony Brook mentored semifinalists/regional finalists. For more about the students and faculty mentors see Stony Brook Mentors Top Talent in the 2017 Siemens Competition.


Editor’s note: Garcia Research program director, Dr. Miriam Rafailovich, is available for interviews as are the individual mentors at Stony Brook University whose labs were populated by high school researchers this summer.


About Stony Brook University   

Stony Brook University is going beyond the expectations of what today’s public universities can accomplish. Since its founding in 1957, this young university has grown to become a flagship as one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system with more than 26,000 students and 2,600 faculty members, and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs. Our faculty have earned numerous prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. The University offers students an elite education with an outstanding return on investment: U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 50 public universities in the nation. Its membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. As part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University joins a prestigious group of universities that have a role in running federal R&D labs. Stony Brook University is a driving force in the region’s economy, generating nearly 60,000 jobs and an annual economic impact of more than $4.6 billion. Our state, country and world demand ambitious ideas, imaginative solutions and exceptional leadership to forge a better future for all. The students, alumni, researchers and faculty of Stony Brook University are prepared to meet this challenge. 

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