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Yonkers Students Win Prestigious Awards at WESEF 2023

Updated: Mar 28, 2023



For the first time, eight Yonkers Partners in Education (YPIE) and Yonkers Public School students were recognized with awards at Regeneron WESEF, one of the most competitive and prestigious science and engineering fairs in the country.

WESEF, the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair, offers high school students from Westchester and Putnam counties an opportunity to present their research to scientists, business leaders, and the general public.

On March 18th, 11th and 12th-grade students from across the city represented Yonkers at WESEF. They presented their original research projects along with nearly 600 of Westchester's brightest young scientists. These students’ research covered a range of topics including:

  • Measuring Brainwave Activity and its Correlation to Racial Bias in Adolescents

  • Generation of Chimeric Antibodies for Immunofluorescence Assays to Study the Malaria-causing Parasite Plasmodium Falciparum

  • Exploring Transdermal Drug Delivery of Insulin for the Treatment of Diabetes


Yonkers students were honored to receive the following awards:

  • Surbhi: Society for In Vitro Biology Award (Saunders)

  • Elizabeth: US Agency for International Development Science Champion Award (YMHS)

  • Rania: US Junior Stockholm Water Prize (Gorton)

  • Naomi, Samra, Isabella, and Nirel: Creative Approach to Research $200 Award (Gorton, Saunders, Lincoln, YMHS)

  • Amelia: Honorable Mention Award (YMHS)

  • Samra: 4th place in Behavioral Sciences (Saunders)

  • Naomi: 2nd place in Medicine and Health (Gorton)

Through a long-time partnership with Regeneron, YPIE’s rigorous Science Research program enables more than 50 Yonkers students in 10th through 12th grades to conduct in-depth research and present their findings at local and national conferences.

We look forward to watching these young scientists continue to make a positive impact on our world.




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