3 Great Neck Girls Named Intel Semifinalists


UnknownThree Great Neck high school girls—two from North and one from South—have been named semifinalists from the more than 1,800 applicants in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search. A program of Society for Science & the Public, the nation’s oldest precollege science competition recognizes the most promising young scientists and rewards them for their innovative science research.

North High winner Olivia Descorbeth’s entry was Social Class and Interpersonal Communication: fNIRS [Functional near-infrared spectroscopy] Hyperscanning Reveals Neural Differences During Dialogue Between Pairs of Individuals with Low and High Socioeconomic Disparities. North’s Graelin Mandel, also a Siemens semifinalist for her project, entered A fNIRS [Functional near-infrared spectroscopy] Comparison of Cross-brain Coherence During Spoken Dialogue and Text-based Chatting.

South High’s Emily Bae was selected with Determining the Contribution of Uropathogenic Proteus mirabilis Virulence-associated Fimbriae to in vitro Fitness.

Each semifinalist received a $1,000 award from the Intel Foundation, plus an additional $1,000 toward her school.

On Jan. 20, 40 of the 300 semi-finalists will be named Intel Science Talent Search Finalists. In March, finalists will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, where they will compete for more than $1 million in awards. Winners will be selected based on rigorous judging sessions.

Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of Society for Science & the Public and publisher of the Science News media group, said, “I’m thrilled to congratulate the 300 semifinalists and welcome them to the Intel STS family. They are the next generation of innovators, and we look forward to witnessing the impact they will have on making the world a better place.”

Submitted by Great Neck Public Schools

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