Jericho HS Students Named Siemens Semifinalists
Jericho HS Students Named Siemens Semifinalists
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Seven Jericho High School Science Research students were named Regional Semifinalists for the Siemens Competition. The following students, Jang Hun Choi, Grace Hu, Justin Kim, Nathaniel Lee, Sandra Li, Adam Pahlavan, and Serena Tam were named semifinalists for their work on the following projects.


Name: Jang Hun Choi

Project title: A New Lower Bound for the Fractional Chromatic Number of the Plane

Partner members: 

Elaine (YuWon) Moon – Peddie School in Hightstown, NJ

Matthew Li – Horace Mann School, NY, NY


Name:  Justin Kim  

Title: Tannic acid and its Synthetic derivatives for enhanced Beta-Lactam Antibiotic Susceptibilty through Beta-Lactamase Inhibition Category/ Sub-Category: Biochemistry; Microbiology


Name:  Grace Hu

Title: Advanced Au-SPIONs: Synthesis and comparison of multifunctional nanoparticles for personalized nanomedicine Category/ Sub-Category:  Materials Science; Nanotechnology, Bioengineering


Name:  Adam Pahlavan

Title: Using the 2D Spin-Diluted Ising Model to Characterize Chemoreceptor Dynamics in Bacterial Chemotaxis Category/ Sub-Category: Physics; Biophysics


Name:  Serena Tam

Title: An extracellular matrix (ECM) targeting microRNA (miR-29) and its novel association with matricellular protein thrombospondin-2 (TSP2) Category/ Sub-Category:  Biology


Name:  Nathaniel Lee

Title: Novel femtosecond ZnSe ceramic based optical parametric oscillators for broadband Mid-IR frequency comb generation Category/ Sub-Category:  Physics


Name:  Sandra Li

Title: Elucidating cancer racial health disparities: Elucidating the differential effect of delta-tocopherol in African and Caucasian Americans Category/ Sub-Category:  Biology – Cell/Cancer Biology and Nutritional Science

  The Siemens Competition is the nation’s premier competition in math, science and technology for high school students. Every year, students submit innovative individual and team research projects to regional and national levels of competition as they vie for college scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $100,000. The Siemens Competition honors the best and brightest students for their accomplishments in math, science and technology– students who are changing the world for the better.

  This year out of the more than 1600 projects submitted, 498 students have been selected as semi-finalists. This select group of students and their notable projects are judged to determine who advances on to 6 regional competitions held in November. Individual and team winners of the regional contests earn the opportunity to compete in the National Finals held at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in December where $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded, including two top prizes of $100,000.



Pictured above (L-R) are Jang Hun Choi, Serena Tam, Sandra Li, Grace Hu, Nathaniel Lee, Adam Pahlavan, Justin Kim and Jericho High School’s Science Research Coordinator Dr. Serena McCalla.