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Summer Science Research Program

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".

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