A Seaford High School senior's passion for science and math has continued to present him with prestigious learning opportunities outside of his school.
Henry Cheung, 17, is one of 13 Long Island high school students selected to participate in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's "Partners for the Future" program. He and the other teenagers will work 10 hours a week, with scientists as mentors, investigating the role of fibrillar collagen in the progression of pancreatic cancer.
Doing research in a laboratory, Cheung said, "adds a depth to science that you cannot get from school classes." The students will present their findings at a symposium in the spring.
Cheung also was among 19 students who worked alongside mentors during the summer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, in the center's Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program. The eight-week course is for high school students interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical sciences.
In addition, he was named a 2013 Long Island Young Scholar of Math, an honor that allowed him to spend 60 hours studying advanced math at the College at Old Westbury. Seventy-seven other students received the math award.
Cheung is president of his school's Mathletes team and a member of the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society and Art Honor Society.