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Vandermeulen HS sophomore gets summer research job

Josh Gelfond will spend his summer researching alternative

Josh Gelfond will spend his summer researching alternative energy at Stony Brook University. Credit: Port Jefferson School District

A Port Jefferson student has been chosen to work with a prestigious research group at Stony Brook University.

Josh Gelfond, a sophomore at Earl L. Vandermeulen High School, will spend the summer researching alternative energy as part of the university’s Reuter Research Group, which strives to develop mathematical models and computational methods to study physical phenomena on the nanometer scale.

He was selected following a recommendation from a Stony Brook graduate student with whom he had been working as part of his regular studies.

“I’m really excited to be a part of this,” said Gelfond, 16. “I’ve been studying applied science and applied math for years, and I’m looking forward to implementing the skills I acquired in a real-life situation.”

He will work closely with assistant professor Matthew Reuter of the university’s Institute for Advanced Computational Science, as well as graduate and doctoral students, in a lab setting. The group will study the conductivity and movements of molecules and electrons through matter, with Gelfond working with computer codes generated through Java.

Gelfond is captain of his school’s varsity tennis team, for which he received All-County honors this year, and is on the varsity golf team, for which he received All-Division honors. He is on the Mathletes team and volunteers at Avalon Park & Preserve in Stony Brook.

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