OSSINING, N.Y. -- Ossining High School senior Benjamin Feinstein is one of 107 finalists in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Inspire competition for high school research projects in the humanities, arts and social sciences.
Feinstein, who is in the Fundamentals of Science Research program, was chosen for his research project titled “An Examination of Linguistic and Cultural Influences on Visual and Gustatory Associations.” The research is about synesthesia, a condition in which stimulating one sense in someone can trigger a reaction in another sense.
Earlier this month, Feinstein was chosen as a finalist in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. He is one of about 15,000 seniors from around the United States to be selected as finalists. Less than one percent of high school seniors are selected as semifinalists based on their PSAT junior year. Roughly 90 percent of them become finalists based on a detailed application process.
Feinstein is involved in numerous school activities, including as editor of the school newspaper and vice president of the Junior States of America debate club. He plays several instruments and designs posters, programs and T-shirts for school plays and musicals. He is interested in studying neuroscience and graphic design in college.
This is the second year of the MIT Inspire competition, an initiative that was launched by MIT student Vaishnavi Rao and is organized and led by students. Finalists are invited to the MIT campus from April 3-5 for the final round of judging. There are 13 categories in the competition; Feinstein's project is in anthropology.
For more information about the competition, visit the website.