Intel STS Semifinalists at Manhasset

Kimberly Te, Editor-in-Chief and Writer

On January 7, 300 seniors from high schools across the nation and several international schools were named semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search (STS) 2015, one of the most prestigious science competitions for high school seniors. This year, there were over 1,800 entrants, submitting papers and essays on their research projects.

This year, Manhasset High School had three STS Semifinalists out of the 300 selected. The semifinalists were Jessica Kim, Emma Dong, and Typher Yom. Each semifinalist is a student in Manhasset Science Research Intel Prep class. Their research studies that they submitted to STS were conducted over the 2014 summer at various institutions, including Stony Brook University and Farmingdale. Projects ranged from developing cheaper solar cells to the application of nanoparticles for cancer treatments.

Jessica learned that she was a Semifinalist when one of her classmates informed her, and was excited by the news. She explains her project: “My project was to make cheaper solar cells to make alternative energy competitive with the fossil fuel market. Specifically, I used organic solar cells. Because silicon is expensive, I used Styrofoam and graphene with gold nanoparticles attached to lower the costs. I found a new way to put gold-graphene into the solar cell which increased efficiency by 600%.”

Overall, congratulations to all the semifinalists!

Finalists will be announced this coming January 21, 2015.