INTEL Science Talent Search Semifinalists
Students in the Advanced Math/Science Research course have the opportunity to enter the INTEL Science Talent Search Contest, the nation's oldest and most prestigious science competition for pre-college students. Since 2010, seven Berkshire School students have been honored as INTEL Semifinalists.
Shuvam Chakraborty '16 was chosen as a semifinalist for his work entitled "III-nitride High Electron Mobility Transistors as a Promising Thermoelectric Materialon." Chakraborty developed thermochemical devices aimed at capturing wasted heat, with the goal of turning it into energy. These types of devices could be useful in biosensors such as pacemakers. Chakraborty is mentored by Dr. Shadi Shahedipour-Sandvik at the State University at Albany.
Josiah Tolvo '16 of Florida was selected as a semifinalists for his project entitled "An in vitro Granuloma Infection Model as an Effective System for Screening Viral Infection in a Complex Matrix." Under the direction of Dr. April Burch, Director of Berkshire's Advanced Math-Science Research Program, Tolvo was able to develop a procedure to screen new viruses for the ability to infect bacteria in a complex 3D matrix. This assay could be used by researchers or companies to streamline phages for use as therapies for stubborn microbial diseases such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and tuberculosis (TB).
Hyun Suk "Jimmy" Chung '14 of South Korea was selected as a semifinalist for his project entitled "CryoEM structure of MacK, a novel Mycophage isolated here at Berkshire School." Chung conducted his reseasrch with the remote guidance of Dr. Susan Hafenstein from Penn State College of Medicine. He was able to apply the skills to learn Cryo-EM 3D reconstruction, a method used to determine the structure of a macromolecule.
Seyoon Lee '12 of Korea was selected as a semifinalist for his project entitled “A Novel Inorganic-Organic Hybrid White Light Emitting Diode Based on an InGaN-F8T2 Heterojunction.” Seyoon conducted his research with his mentor, Dr. Shadi Shahedipour-Sandvik, Associate Professor of Nanoengineering at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY Albany.
Penny Ni '12 of China was selected as a semifinalist for her project entitled “Biomechanical Significance of Modern Human Mentum Osseum Examined Using Finite Element Analysis in Fossil and Modern Humans.” Penny conducted her research with her mentor, Dr. David Strait, Associate Professor of Anthropology, at SUNY Albany.
Jenny Quilty '11 of Massachusetts was named as a semifinalists for her project entitled “Identification and Characterization of Immunogenic Mutations in a Mouse Fibrosarcoma Model.” Jenny conducted her research with her mentor, Dr. Pramod Srivastava, during her junior year at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington. Jenny also worked very closely with Dr. Fei Duan.
Xiao Rui Guo '10 of Massachusetts was named as a semifinalists for his project entitled “Deposition of Alginate Microbioreactor Array through Polyelectrolyte Interactions.” Xiao Rui conducted his research with Dr. Yubing Xie. Dr Xie is a researcher at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany. Berkshire School and CNSE have a formal partnership which facilitated Xiao Rui’s work. The college is home to nearly two thousand researchers and seven computer chip companies.