2012 Stony Brook summer research program
Stony Brook University hosts high school students from around the country for its summer research program, which includes mentors from the university.
Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. addresses a gathering at the university’s new Simons Center for Geometry and Physics. "Stony Brook University places a high value on education at every stage of academic development," Stanley said in a statement. "By mentoring these budding young scientists in our summer research programs, we are educating them on how to do research properly and encouraging them to pursue careers in the STEM disciplines." (July 24, 2012)
Miriam Rafailovich, director of the Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces at Stony Brook University, has worked with many of the high school students participating in the center’s summer program. "A big thrill for the kids is to work alongside high school teachers who also participate and who provide role models for the students and show them that there are no age limits in acquiring knowledge and new skills," Rafailovich said. (March 13, 2012)
Rachel Davis, 18, a Smithtown East High School graduate, is going to MIT in the fall. She was in the Garcia summer research program at Stony Brook University and was selected as an Intel Science Talent Search finalist. "Stony Brook labs are so unique because the professors legitimately care about the students and how well they understand all of the material. With the help of professors, graduate students and undergraduate students, I was able to devise a project that had real-life applications, and Intel STS [Science Talent Search] recognized this project by selecting me as a finalist," Davis said. "Without the help and guidance of people at Stony Brook, I would have never have been able to do as well as I did." (March 13, 2012)
Nithin Tumma, 18, of Port Huron, Mich., was a Simons Summer Research Program fellow at Stony Brook University and won the $100,000 top Intel Science Talent Search prize in 2012. Tumma, second from left, receives the first-place award in the Intel Science Talent Search at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. With him are Elizabeth Marincola, left, president of the Society for Science & the Public, Paul Otellini, president and chief executive of Intel Corp. and Dr. Andrew Yeager, chairman of the Intel Science Talent Search Committee. "It was a great, great time. It wasn't just about the research,” Tumma said. “I stayed in the dorms, and I got to meet a lot of other kids and I made a lot of friends from that program. It was extremely amazing."
Reyna Guzman, 17, will be a senior at Brentwood High School and is in the Garcia summer research program at Stony Brook University. "My classmates and I have a strong sense of duty to the environment, and we feel that by exploring new ideas or problems, we are going beyond the usual recycling, reusing, reducing,” Guzman said. “We are finding new ways to help out or bringing awareness to new problems that surface every day." (July 12, 2012)
Daniel Wang, 17, is a rising senior at W.T. Clarke High School in the East Meadow district and a Simons Summer Research Program fellow at Stony Brook University. Wang shows his computer workstation in the biochemistry building on the Stony Brook University campus. "If I could describe my science research experiences in one word, it would be 'surprising,’” Wang said. “From discovering my passion for research to winning competitions, I have always been amazed by what research has to offer." (July 13, 2012)
Senior Daniel Wang works with his mentor, noted chemistry professor Carlos Simmerling at his workstation. Wang is looking at whether supercomputers could offer a modern solution to understanding the complexity of biomolecules associated with deadly diseases. (July 13, 2012)