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Summer Science Research Program

HUSSRP Science Talent Search Competitors

2020 Regeneron Finalist

Andrew Brinton, under the mentorship of Dr. Christa Farmer, was a Regeneron finalist. In his work, Brinton sought “an environmentally friendly way of fighting climate change.” Much of the research for his project, titled “Marsh Restoration: Ribbed Mussels (Geukensia demissa) as a Revival Mechanism to Rebuild the Coastal Salt Marshes of Long Island, New York,” was conducted while he was boots-deep in Freeport’s wetlands — accompanied, for safety’s sake, by his father, Herald Community Newspapers Executive Editor Scott Brinton — examining the “symbiotic relationship” between ribbed mussels and the marshes, which depend on the mussels’ feces to grow.


2010 Intel Semifinalist

Sajni Sandip Parikh, a senior at Herricks High School in New Hyde Park, NY, was named a 2010 Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalist. Sajni participated in Hofstra’s Summer Science Research Program and worked with Professor Robert Seagull (Biology) on cotton fiber development. Her paper was entitled is “The effects of brassinolide and indole-3-acetic acid on Gossypium hirsutum, variety MAXXA GTO.”


2009 Intel Semifinalist

Daniel Kim, a senior at Syosset High School who participated in Hofstra University's Summer Science Research Program in 2008, has been selected as a 2009 Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalist. Daniel performed his research under the guidance of Professor Sabrina Sobel in the Chemistry Department. His paper was entitled "Increasing the Bioavailability of Copper(II) in Copper(II) Citrate by Addition of Amino Acids".


2008 HUSSRP Intel Semifinalists

Three Long Island high school students who participated in Hofstra University's Summer Science Research Program in 2007 have been selected as 2008 Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists:

Melissa Garuthra, a senior at Syosset High School, did her research on activation dynamics in the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction under the guidance of Professors Harold Hastings (Physics) and Sabrina Sobel (Chemistry). Her paper was entitled “Substituting an Immobilized Ferromanganese Catalyst into the Belousov-Zhabotinsky Chemical Reaction”.

Alexandra Hilgeman, a senior at Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, NY, worked with Professor Rodney Finzel (Chemistry) on thermal depolymerization of organic waste material. Her paper was entitled “Kinetics and Thermodynamics of Aspartic Acid Deamination”.

Matthew Klebanoff, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, NY, worked with Professor Robert Seagull (Biology) on cotton fiber development. His paper was entitled "Possible role of the cytoskeleton in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum, cultivar MAXXA GTO) fiber development".


2007 HUSSRP Intel Semifinalists

Two Long Island high school students who participated in Hofstra University's Summer Science Research Program in 2006 have been selected as 2007 Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists:

Kara Finzel, a senior at Kings Park High School, did her research on "Effect of Organic Substitute on the Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction" under the guidance of Professors Harold Hastings (Physics) and Sabrina Sobel (Chemistry).

Daryl Koopersmith, a senior at Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington, worked with Professor Gerda Kamberova (Computer Science) on "A Structural Model for the Intelligent Development of a Tracking System Utilizing Array-based Multi-sensor Data Fusion."


2006 HUSSRP Intel Semifinalists

Two students who participated in Hofstra University's Summer Science Research Program in 2005 were selected as semifinalists in Intel's 65th Annual Science Talent Search:

David Golub, a student at Paul D. Schreiber High School, worked with Professor Gerda Kamberova in the Department of Computer Science on computer vision and his project is entitled "Finding and Orienting the Normals to a Cloud of Points."

Daniel Nikbakht, a senior at Half Hollow Hills High School West, worked under the direction of Professors Sobel (Chemistry) and Hastings (Physics) on "Target Clustering in the Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction."


2005 HUSSRP Intel Semifinalists

Three Long Island high school students who participated in Hofstra University's Summer Science Research Program in 2004 have been selected as 2005 Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists:

David Randell, a senior at Southside High School worked with Professor Peter Daniel in the Biology Department.

Jason Shaev, a senior at Calhoun High School, did her research under the guidance of Professor Rodney Finzel in the Chemistry Department.

Fiona Yuen, a senior at Syosset High School, did her research under the guidance of Professors Harold Hastings in Physics and Sabrina Sobel in the Chemistry Department.


2004 HUSSRP Intel Semifinalists

Three Long Island high school students who participated in Hofstra University's Summer Science Research Program in 2003 have been selected as 2004 Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists:

Brandon Finzel and Craig Langan, seniors at Kings Park High School, did research under the guidance of Professor William Nirode in the Chemistry Department.

Helaina Skop, worked with Professor Laura Valier in the Biology Department.


2003 HUSSRP Intel Semifinalists

A Long Island high school students who participated in Hofstra University's Summer Science Research Program in 2002 has been selected as 2003 Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists:

Huawei (Katie) Dong, a senior at Harborfields High School worked with Professor Robert Seagull in the Biology Department.