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Stony Brook U., 2 programs host top high school science students

Stony Brook University is hosting more than 50 Long Island high school students in two top science research programs this summer.

In the Simons program, 19 of 38 students are from Long Island, and in the Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces program, 35 of the 59 students are from Long Island, university officials said. Others have arrived from across the country, including students from California, Florida and Ohio.

Students mentored by Stony Brook professors often gain top awards and international attention in the Intel Science Talent Search and the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. This past year, Stony Brook faculty mentored four of the 40 high school students chosen as finalists in the prestigious 2013 Intel Science Talent Search; in 2012, overall grand prize winner Nithin Tumma, a recipient of a $100,000 scholarship, also was mentored there.

Three regional finalists and 23 semifinalists in the 2012 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology -- a nationwide research competition for high school researchers -- were mentored at Stony Brook.

In the programs, participants conduct real-world experiments with experts and graduate students to find solutions to complex problems.

The Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces program is part of Stony Brook's engineering school. The other summer research program is supported by the Simons Foundation, a private group based in New York City and incorporated by philanthropists Jim and Marilyn Simons with the mission of advancing scientific research.

"The high school students attending this year's Simons and Garcia summer research camps are truly exemplary; they are all future scholars," said Stony Brook's president, Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr.

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