Byram Hills Student Earns $1,000 Scholarship At National Science Event

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From left, Max Diamond of Croton-Harmon, Donald Orokos, co-director of the Upstate NY JSHS, Adam Illowsky of Ossining, Jason Rosenberg of Blind Brook High, Stephanie Ding of Byram Hills and Alexis Scott.
From left, Max Diamond of Croton-Harmon, Donald Orokos, co-director of the Upstate NY JSHS, Adam Illowsky of Ossining, Jason Rosenberg of Blind Brook High, Stephanie Ding of Byram Hills and Alexis Scott. Photo Credit: Contributed

ARMONK, N.Y. -- Byram Hills High School student Stephanie Ding received a $1,000 scholarship for her entry at the 52nd National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, held April 23-27, in Washington, D.C.

Ding was invited to the national event with four other high school students who had excelled at the Upstate NY Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, held March 10-11 at the University at Albany.

Ding's entry was in the Behavioral Science category and was titled "Relative vs. Absolute Orientation Judgments: A Re-evaluation of Some Neural Decoding Models.”

The winning entry at the national event was submitted by Adam Illowsky of Ossining High School in the Medicine and Health category was: “The MAPT HI Haplotype is Associated with Increased Clinical and Neuropathological Severity of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.”

The $12,000 undergraduate tuition scholarship for the top prize comes in addition to the $2,000 scholarship he had earned for his winning research project displayed at the Upstate event.

The National JSHS had 240 finalists present their research in oral and poster presentations in seven competition categories: life sciences, environmental science, medicine and health, mathematics and computer science, physical science, chemistry, and engineering.

Other Westchester students who had entries featured the national symposium included:

Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology: Jason Rosenberg, Blind Brook High School (Rye Brook), on the topic, "An In Silico Model to Describe the Localized Dendritic Transport of β-Actin mRNA.” Rosenberg placed 2nd at the Upstate NY JSHS and received a $1,500 scholarship.

Physical Sciences (Alternate winner): Maxim Sokol Diamond, Croton-Harmon High School, on the topic “A Novel Device for Crowd-Sourced Road Quality Monitoring.” Diamond presented his research in the poster sessions at Nationals.

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