OSSINING, N.Y. -- Adam Illowsky of Ossining High School took home a top national prize and a $12,000 college scholarship for his winning entry at the 52nd National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, held April 23-27, in Washington, D.C.
Illowsky 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.
His winning entry at the national event 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.
Behavioral Sciences: Stephanie Ding, Byram Hills High School (Armonk), on the topic, "Relative vs. Absolute Orientation Judgments: A Re-evaluation of Some Neural Decoding Models.” Ding placed 3rd and received a $1,000 scholarship at the Upstate NY JSHS.
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.