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Bethpage High Schoolo Scientists Are Making A Difference

Pictured: Several science students from Bethpage High School were recognized for recent accomplishments, including receiving awards at regional science competitions as well as grant awards. They were congratulated by Director of Science Chris Pollatos, Assistant Principal Charly Hirsch-Beckman and science teacher Nicole Dulaney.

Photo courtesy of the Bethpage School District

Bethpage High School students are making meaningful contributions to the scientific community. They have participated in several regional science fairs and also been awarded numerous grants.

Senior Zoe Chinda received an honorable mention award in the Microbiology category at the Long Island and Science Engineering Fair for her project, “Effects of Plasmid Copy Number and Size on Bacterial Host Cell Fitness.” Her research was conducted at Harvard Medical School during the summer of 2023.

Junior Yuvraj Singh earned third place in the Engineering and Technology category for the Long Island regional semifinal of the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. His project was “Modern Solutions for Propulsion Systems in Aerospace Engineering.”

Three students were awarded following their participation in the New York Science and Engineering Fair. Freshman Partap Sidhu received first place in the Robotics and Intelligent Machines category and earned a bid to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair in May for his project, “Revolutionizing Waste Management: A Machine Learning and Computer Vision Enabled Robot Arm for Efficient Garbage Recycling.”

Junior Devaanshi Kawatra received an Honorable Mention award in the Behavioral Science category for her project, “Continuous Administration of Kanamycin is Deleterious in a Drosophila melanogaster Model of Parkinson’s Disease.” Junior Lavleen Kaur received Honorable Mention in the Microbiology category for her project, “Investigating the Antibacterial Properties of Herbal Medicines in E. coli using Nanosilver & Synergy.”

Bethpage science students were the recipients of three grant awards this year. The Southeast Asian American Womens Alliance Mini Research Grant Award went to Partap Sidhu and the sophomore team of Sarah Oh, Benjamin-Maciel Seidman and Aaryan Rupesh. Both projects were awarded $200. Partap’s research was “Revolutionizing Waste Management: A Machine Learning and Computer Vision Enabled Robot Arm for Efficient Garbage Recycling.” Sarah, Ben and Aaryan’s project was “Developing a Solar-powered Seawater Hydroponics System Monitored by an Arduino Salinity Sensor.”

HACH Equipment, in partnership with the Water Environment Federation, awarded two grants in the form of equipment loans to help students collect data for their research projects. Jessica Wojnicki received a HQd meter sensor for LDO and DR900 reagents and standards for nitrate, nitrite, ammonia and phosphate for her research, “The Effect of Distance from Route 25A on Water Quality. The team of Sarah Oh, Benjamin-Maciel Seidman and Aaryan Rupesh also received a HQd meter with sensors and standards for pH, electroconductivity and dissolved oxygen.

The team of Sarah Oh, Benjamin-Maciel Seidman and Aaryan Rupesh also received $300 from the New York Institute of Technology’s Mini Research Grant Award program.

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