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UPDATE: 2 Herricks Students Named 2012 Intel Semi-Finalists

Students were chosen from a pool of competitors across the United States.

Two Herricks High School students have been named semifinalists in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search.

The two students are: Anjali Agarwalla, 17 and Sarah Chapin, 17. 

Anjali Agarwalla is the daughter of Usha and Vipin Agarwalla of Roslyn.

Her project was entitled, “A Novel Method for Studying Polymerization and its Utility in Parkinson’s Disease.”  Anjali completed her two year project at Winthrop University Hospital.  

Sarah Chapin is the daughter of Ellen and Kenneth Chapin of New Hyde Park. 

Her project was entitled, “Computer-Aided Drug Discovery:  Structure-Based Design and Evaluation of Small Molecule Botulinum Neutrotoxin Inhibitors.”  Sarah completed her research at Stony Brook University’s Institute of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery. 

Both students have been in the Herricks High School Science Research program for four years and were each mentored by Renée Barcia, Science Research teacher.

The Herricks students were two of the 300 students chosen from among 1,839 entrants among 497 high schools in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and three overseas schools.

The Intel STS recognizes 300 students and their schools as semifinalists each year to compete for $1.25 million in awards. From that select pool, 40 finalists are invited to Washington, D.C. in March for final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for the top award of $100,000.

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