Over 370 students from 30 area high schools in Westchester and Putnam Counties presented their science research projects at the 14th 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.

complete list of all winners is now available.

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 Boehringer Ingelheim, Fujifilm, Carl Zeiss Microscopy, Psychogenics, Westchester Academy of Medicine, Philips, Momentive, Philips, Fisher Scientific, 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 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 (

Dalia Laredo
Somers High School

Dylan Gambardella
Hendrick Hudson High School

Jeffrey Hurd and Christin Adams (Team Project)
Pelham High School

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 Los Angeles, California this year in May and will bring together over 1,500 science fair winners from 60 countries.

Samuel Goldman
Pelham High School
Title: Structural Snapshots of K lactis Purine Nucleoside Phosphorylase trapped with Transition State Analog Inhibitors

Charlotte Herber
Fox Lane High School
Title of Project: Evidence of Toll-like Receptor Nine-Mediated Amelioration of Amyloid Pathology in a TgSwDI Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease

Adam Illowsky
Ossining High School
Project Title: The MAPT H1 Haplotype is Associated with an Increased Clinical and Neuropathological Severity of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Ben Ross
Ossining High School
Title: An Optimized Analysis of Wind Flows in the Urban Environment and the Identification of Feasible Building Augmented Wind Turbine Sites

Alexander Kaufman
Horace Greeley High School
Title: Constructing an HBV Reporter Virus

Karan Desai
Edgemont High School
Project Title: Loss of TDP43 in Motor Neurons Leads to Deficits in Axonal RNAs in an Animal Model of ALS

Xinxin Du
Scarsdale High School
Title: An Exploratory Investigation of miRNA Regulation of ACSL-4 in Androgen Deprivation Therapy Resistant Prostate Cancer

Ari Kanevsky
Ossining High School
Project Title: Development of a Novel Machine Learning Algorithm to Monitor Vascular Tissue Transfers Using Speech Classification Techniques

Ivan Paskov
Edgemont High School
Title: Predicting Cancer Drug Response using Nuclear Norm Multi-Task Learning

Elizabeth Sobolik
Sleepy Hollow High School
Title: Generating iPSCs from Human Adipocyte Tissue for Differentiation into Nociceptive Neurons

Alyson Winter & Abigail Kamen
Ossining High School
Title: Psychosocial Variables Affecting Breast Cancer Quality of Life

Erik Santini and Matthew Wrubel
Yorktown High School
Title: Compressed Air Energy Storage

Zhun Che, Julia Kavanagh, Luke Hellum
Pelham Memorial High School
Title of Project: Identification of Genes Involved in Metabolism and Toxicity of Host-Derived Toxin Methylglyoxal in Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium smegmatis

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