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Intel semifinalist Anjali Agarwalla, 16, of Herricks High (Credit: Handout)

Intel semifinalist Anjali Agarwalla, 16, of Herricks High School. Project: A Novel Method For Studying Polymerization and its Utility in Parkinson’s Disease.

Long Island's 2012 Intel finalists & semifinalists

Long Island's five finalists and 56 semifinalists in the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search.

Huntington High School senior Juliana Coraor, 17, is
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Huntington High School senior Juliana Coraor, 17, is a finalist in this year's Intel science competition. Her project focused on materials with special electrical properties. | Read her story (Jan. 19, 2012)

2012 Intel finalist Rachel Davis of Smithtown East
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2012 Intel finalist Rachel Davis of Smithtown East High School. Read her story (Jan. 24, 2012)

Intel finalist Savina Kim, 17, of Commack High
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Intel finalist Savina Kim, 17, of Commack High School. Project: Cognitive Deficits in Neuropsychiatric Disorders: A Schizophrenia Model Associated with Neuronal Alpha7 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Localization. | Read her story

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Intel science competition finalist Neil Mehta, who attends
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Intel science competition finalist Neil Mehta, who attends Jericho High School. | Read his story (Jan. 11, 2012)

Senior Anna Sato, Ward Melville High School, East
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Senior Anna Sato, Ward Melville High School, East Setauket, 2012 Intel finalist. | Read her story (Jan. 11, 2012)

Intel semifinalist Anjali Agarwalla, 16, of Herricks High
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Intel semifinalist Anjali Agarwalla, 16, of Herricks High School. Project: A Novel Method For Studying Polymerization and its Utility in Parkinson’s Disease.

Intel semifinalist Rebecca Alford, 17, of Commack High
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Intel semifinalist Rebecca Alford, 17, of Commack High School. Project: A Novel Structure-Based Approach to Predicting the Functional Effects of Mutations in Membrane Proteins.

Intel semifinalist Emily Bai, 18, of Great Neck
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Intel semifinalist Emily Bai, 18, of Great Neck South High School. Project: Design and Synthesis of a Novel Diphenyl Ether Targeting InhA from Mycobacterium Tuberculosis to Aid Future Drug Discover. (Jan. 11, 2012)

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Intel semifinalist Hannah Blumberg, 17, of Paul D.
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Intel semifinalist Hannah Blumberg, 17, of Paul D. Schreiber High School. Project: Modeling the Adaptive Venation Network of Physarum polycephalu.

Intel semifinalist Asia Brown, 17, of Sanford H.
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Intel semifinalist Asia Brown, 17, of Sanford H. Calhoun High School. Project: Analysis of Altered Gene Expression in Human Colon Cancer Cells Exposed to the Methylation Inhibitor 5-aza-2’deoxycytidin. | Read her story

Intel semifinalist Eric Caliendo, 18, of St. Anthony's
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Intel semifinalist Eric Caliendo, 18, of St. Anthony's High School in South Huntington. Project: See Me, Hear Me: The Effects of Auditory and Visual Stimuli on Recall and Recognition.

Intel science competition semifinalist Anirudh Chandrashekar, who attends
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Intel science competition semifinalist Anirudh Chandrashekar, who attends Jericho High School. Project: Identification of Drosophila melanogaster Gustatory Receptor 23a Response in Olfaction Mechanism (Jan. 11, 2012)

Intel semifinalist Sarah Chapin, 17, of Herricks High
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Intel semifinalist Sarah Chapin, 17, of Herricks High School. Project: Computer-Aided Drug Discovery: Structure-Based Design and Evaluation of Small Molecule Botulinum Neurotoxin Inhibitors.

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Intel semifinalist Kristine Chen, 17, of Great Neck
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Intel semifinalist Kristine Chen, 17, of Great Neck North High School. Project: The Preparation of Nanoparticle-Stablized Antibubbles Optimized for Long Lifetime. (Jan. 11, 2012)

Intel semifinalist Rachel Cohen, 17, of Paul D.
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Intel semifinalist Rachel Cohen, 17, of Paul D. Schreiber High School. Project: Identification of Plant Root Controls by Soil Water Diffusivities Above a Water Retention Membran. (Jan. 11, 2012)

Intel semifinalist David Davani, 17, of North Shore
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Intel semifinalist David Davani, 17, of North Shore High School. Project: 1-a,25 Dihydroxyvitamin D3 Modifies TNF-ALPHA Induced Proliferation and Migration in Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells from Wystar Kyoto and Diabetic Goto-Kakazaki Rats.

Intel semifinalist Malini Desai, 17, of Half Hollow
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Intel semifinalist Malini Desai, 17, of Half Hollow Hills High School West. Project: Electrocatalytic Hydrogenation Methodologies Applied to Components of Pyrolysis Oil.

Intel science competition semifinalist Jill Dolowich, 17, of
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Intel science competition semifinalist Jill Dolowich, 17, of Jericho High School. Project: Memory Retention of Landscape Learning in Honeybees (Apis mellifera). (Jan 11, 2012)

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Intel semifinalist Patricia Donskoy, 17, of George W.
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Intel semifinalist Patricia Donskoy, 17, of George W. Hewlett High School. Project: Guardians Who Are the Last to Know: An Investigation of Why Adolescents Choose Not to Report Bullying to Teachers.

Intel semifinalist Parsa Erfani, 17, of Plainview-Old Bethpage
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Intel semifinalist Parsa Erfani, 17, of Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School. Project: Anti-Inflammatory Potential of IL-27 in Psoriatic and Eczematous Immune Cells.

Intel semifinalist Lily Fagin, 17, of North Shore
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Intel semifinalist Lily Fagin, 17, of North Shore High School. Project: Willful Ignorance: The Tendancy to Make Incentive-Compatible Decisions in Ambiguous Environment.

Intel semifinalist Samantha Fradkin, 17, of Plainview-Old Bethpage
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Intel semifinalist Samantha Fradkin, 17, of Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School. Project: The Effect of the Implementation of Wellness Policies on Various Self Controls in High Schools.

Intel semifinalist Samantha Garvey, 17, of Brentwood High
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Intel semifinalist Samantha Garvey, 17, of Brentwood High School. The 17-year-old senior cites her motivation to excel in school despite obstacles and setbacks: her parents' encouragements and support and her belief that education will bring her -- and her family -- a better life. Project: The Effects of the Physical Environment and Predators on Phenotypic Plasticity in Geukensia demiss.

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Intel semifinalist Brett Gossett, 17, of John F.
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Intel semifinalist Brett Gossett, 17, of John F. Kennedy High School. Project: Are Some Disabilities More Handicapping than Others? A Comparison of Teacher Grading of Children with Medical, Physical and Behavioral Disabilities.

Intel semifinalist Sherilyn Gould, 17, of Plainview-Old Bethpage
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Intel semifinalist Sherilyn Gould, 17, of Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School. Project: The Impact of Acculturation on the Intergenerational Congruence between the Parent and Child in Immigrant Families.

Intel semifinalist Caroline Hsiao, 17, of Manhasset High
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Intel semifinalist Caroline Hsiao, 17, of Manhasset High School. Project: Study of Malathion’s Toxicity to Mollusk and Its Implications with Cancer Development.

Intel semifinalist Anoj Ilanges, 17, of Oceanside High
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Intel semifinalist Anoj Ilanges, 17, of Oceanside High School. Project: Understanding the Evolutionary Consequences of Genetic Duplication and Divergence: A Functional Characterization of APETALA1/FRUITFULL Homologs in Papaveracea. (Jan. 11, 2012)

Intel semifinalist Ross Iscowitz, 17, of John F.
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Intel semifinalist Ross Iscowitz, 17, of John F. Kennedy High School. Project: A Behavioral Analysis of Auditory Decision-Making in Mice.

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Intel semifinalist Hannah Kenagy, 17, of Half Hollow
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Intel semifinalist Hannah Kenagy, 17, of Half Hollow Hills High School East. Project: Understanding the Pathogenesis of Acid-Resistant E. coli: Computational Modeling of pH-Dependent Conformational Changes in GadB.

Intel science competition semifinalist Christine Kim, 17, who
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Intel science competition semifinalist Christine Kim, 17, who attends Jericho High School. Project: The Effect of Technological Devices in a Teen’s Bedroom on the Amount and Quality of Sleep. (Jan. 11, 2012)

Intel semifinalist Austin Lee, 17, of Commack High
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Intel semifinalist Austin Lee, 17, of Commack High School. Project: Carbonation in Pervious Concrete: A Novel Study of the Sustainability Benefits of Pervious Concrete. (Jan. 11, 2012)

Intel semifinalist Claire Leibowicz, 17, of Great Neck
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Intel semifinalist Claire Leibowicz, 17, of Great Neck North High School. Project: The Neuropsychology of Social Instincts: A Behavioral and Information-Theoretic Analysis of the Cues Involved in Trustworthiness Evaluation. (Jan. 11, 2012)

Intel semifinalist Mariam Makram of Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK
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Intel semifinalist Mariam Makram of Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School.

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Intel semifinalist Samuel Miller of Pierson High School.
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Intel semifinalist Samuel Miller of Pierson High School.

Intel semifinalist Amelia Morales of Kings Park High
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Intel semifinalist Amelia Morales of Kings Park High School.

Intel semifinalist Rocco Morra of Ward Melville High
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Intel semifinalist Rocco Morra of Ward Melville High School.

Intel semifinalist Eric Parigoris of Kings Park High
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Intel semifinalist Eric Parigoris of Kings Park High School.

Intel semifinalist Daniel Pollack of Roslyn High School.
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Intel semifinalist Daniel Pollack of Roslyn High School.

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Intel science competition semifinalist April Pun, who attends
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Intel science competition semifinalist April Pun, who attends Jericho High School. (Jan. 11, 2011)

Intel semifinalist Mariyam Qureshi of Valley Stream South
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Intel semifinalist Mariyam Qureshi of Valley Stream South High School. Project: Dynamics Underlying Tissue Integrity | Read her story

Intel semifinalist Sagar Rambhia of Jericho High School.
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Intel semifinalist Sagar Rambhia of Jericho High School. (Jan 11, 2012)

Intel semifinalist Arjan Saraon of Paul D. Schreiber
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Intel semifinalist Arjan Saraon of Paul D. Schreiber High School.

Intel semifinalist Evan Schneider of Roslyn High School.
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Intel semifinalist Evan Schneider of Roslyn High School.

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Intel semifinalist Shubha Sekar of Ward Melville High
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Intel semifinalist Shubha Sekar of Ward Melville High School.

Intel science competition semifinalist Anuja Shah of Jericho
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Intel science competition semifinalist Anuja Shah of Jericho High School. (Jan 11, 2012)

Intel semifinalist David Sheynberg of Oceanside High School.
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Intel semifinalist David Sheynberg of Oceanside High School.

Intel semifinalist Ross Shulman of John F. Kennedy
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Intel semifinalist Ross Shulman of John F. Kennedy High School.

Intel semifinalist Bilal Siddiqui of Wellington C. Mepham
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Intel semifinalist Bilal Siddiqui of Wellington C. Mepham High School.

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Intel semifinalist Daniel Sikavi of Roslyn High School.
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Intel semifinalist Daniel Sikavi of Roslyn High School.

Intel semifinalist Melissa Slyper of General Douglas MacArthur
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Intel semifinalist Melissa Slyper of General Douglas MacArthur High School.

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