Commack Junior Awarded For Original Research

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The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia Program invites high school students to submit a paper on an original research investigation in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics, and to participate in the Long Island Regional Symposium at Stony Brook University (SUNY) held annually in March. This year, 226 projects were entered, and 70 students were selected to present at Stony Brook University. From those students (which included Intel finalists and Siemens National winners), seven students were selected to advance to the final round of regional competition (regional finalists).

Commack High School junior, Raj Pammal, placed first out of the seventy, and was awarded $2,000 and an all-expense paid trip this spring to Bethesda, Maryland, for the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, which is sponsored by the US Army, Navy, and Air Force, and administered by the Academy of Applied Science.

Raj’s project was entitled “Improving Reverse Osmosis Membranes for Desalination: The Modification of Cellulose Nanofibers.” If successful, his research could make the process of converting salt water to drinkable water less expensive and more efficient. His research was entered into the Environmental Sciences Category.

Raj will present his research at the national symposium along with 100 other national delegates, for a chance to win over $12,000 in scholarship money and a trip to London for the International Youth Science Forum.

In photo, Raj (center) is joined by his science teachers and mentors, Dr. Lorraine Solomon (on left ) and Richard Kurtz.

Story & Photo by Brenda Lentsch

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