Over 350 students from 33 area high schools in Westchester and Putnam Counties presented their science research projects at the 13th annual Regeneron – Westchester Science and Engineering Fair, sponsored by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Acorda Therapeutics & Entergy.  Students showcased their multi-year research science projects in a competitive venue featuring individual and team poster presentations. They were judged by local experts in the fields of life science, physical science, environmental studies, psychology and engineering.



The Regeneron – Westchester Science and Engineering Fair, known as “WESEF”, is made possible each year by the generous contributions of local corporate sponsors including

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Acorda Therapeutics & Entergy.  Additional sponsors include Fujifilm, Carl Zeiss Microscopy, Psychogenics, Westchester Academy of Medicine, Momentive, Philips and others.  In total, the sponsors have donated over $100,000 for this year’s event.  This allowed WESEF to award nearly 70% of all students with some form of recognition.

The following (3) students  won a spot at the International Sustainable World Project Olympiad thanks to a donation from Entergy. This competition known as ISWEEEP brings together over 700 students from over 60 countries whose projects have focused on sustainability in the areas of Energy, Environment and Engineering (

Elizabeth R Crumley
Yorktown High School
Title: Freestanding Bamboo Gridshell Shelters for Sustainable Relief Efforts

Edward Aryee 
Ossining High School
Title: Investigating the Impact of Post-Anoxic Dissolved Oxygen Concentrations on Nitrous Oxide Emissions in the Full Nitrification Process

Daniel M. Scanteianu
Ossining High School
Title: A Non-Holonomic Wedge Skiing Robot For Sustainable Snow Transport and Rescue

The following students represent the 13 projects (10 individuals and 3 teams) that won a trip to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) thanks to donations from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Acorda Therapeutics.

The Intel ISEF is the larger and more global of the two Intel sponsored events ( Intel ISEF will be held in Phoenix, Arizona this year in May and will bring together over 1,500 science fair winners from 60 countries.

Sheida Takmil
Ossining High School
Title: Intranasal Administration of Neuropeptide-Y Influences Development of PTSD-like Symptoms

Claudia Mimoso 
Ossining High School
Title of Project: Looking Within the Lesion: Transcriptome of Psoriatic Skin Reveals Changes in Apoptosis Signaling and Genes Associated with Atherosclerosis

Charlotte Herber
Fox Lane High School
Project Title: Histological Evidence of Toll-Like Receptor Nine Amelioration of Amyloid Pathology in a TgSwDI Mouse Model

Daniel Fulop
John Jay High School
Title: A POTENTIAL TREATMENT FOR CIRRHOSIS: Retinol-Palmitic Acid Treatments in Combination with Knockdown of the miR-23b Cluster Reverts Activated Cirrhotic Hepatic Stellate Cells to the Quiescent Healthy State

Ryan Malpass
Dobbs Ferry High School
Title: Directed Differentiation of Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells into Dorsal Root Ganglia

Caleb Hersh
Ossining High School
Project Title: Quantifying the Impact of Nighttime Light Exposure and Sleep Duration on Melatonin Levels in Adolescents

Abigail Orlando
Eastchester High School
The Effect of Emoticon Stimuli on Human Facial Muscle Activation and Social Evaluation using Electromyographic Technology: A Novel Determination

Sarah Ruthen
Briarcliff High School
Project Title: The Effects of Equine-Assisted Therapy on the Socila Functioning of Autistic Adults

Brett Bell
Pelham Memorial High School
Title: Angiopoietin-1 and R-Spondin1 Mitigate Radiation Induced Gastrointestinal Syndrome

Haoxuan Yuan
Pelham memorial high school
Title: Menin Controlled Cell Differentiation, Renewal, and Transformation of Normal and Neoplastic Stem Cells

Amrita Ramesh & Sania Khalid
Ossining High School
Title – Semaphorin7A and Cadherin-8 are Crucial for Cortical Circuitry Development: Implications for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)

Haris Nair (Hastings High School) & Samantha Prashad (Rockville Center High School)
Title: Construction, Characteristics and Mathematical Modeling of an E. coli based Fuel Cell
(team project with Samantha Prashad)

Zhun Che & Julia Kavanaugh
Pelham Memorial High School
Title of Project: Combating Mycobacterium Tuberculosis by Induction of Self-Poisoning

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