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Massapequa Observer - Schools

Top Massapequa Students Showcase Work At Science Symposium

The second annual Science Research Symposium was held at Massapequa High School this week to highlight the progress students have made on their research projects.

“This culminating event showcases the hard work and achievements our students have made this year and sets the stage for even greater success in the future,” said Dr. Thomas Fasano, assistant to the superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. 

Three of the top science research students, seniors Jessica Larkin, Allie Dananberg and Robyn Tse, presented the research projects they had developed over the past two years and ultimately submitted to some of the most prestigious and rigorous science competitions on the local, state and national levels.

Larkin’s study on “The Effects of Different Light Forms on Chia Seeds,” won third place in New York State Science and Engineering Fair’s Plant Sciences category, while Dananberg’s project, “Using Lipophilic Dye to Measure Fat Accumulation in C elegans,” won first place in the Animal Science category.

Tse’s project, “DNA Barcodes Help Identify Insects Pests Seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Newark International Airport,” has been presented at the American Museum of Natural History, and her work with NYU Gallatin School won the Bronze Medal in iGEM Americas East Jamboree, a premier international undergraduate synthetic biology competition.  She is continuing her research throughout the summer at Rockefeller University.

“The students explained their area of interest with expertise and enthusiasm,” said Science Curriculum Associate Lisa Caputo. “It was inspirational to see.”

More than 40 other students who participated in the high school science research program, as well as Project Science at the Ames Campus and Berner Middle School, had their research projects and poster boards set up in the high school’s Cyber Cafe. Guests also had the opportunity to tour the Science Research Room and meet with the staff.