Researchers Head To Intel Fair

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Students Sarah Lee (left) and Mohamed El-Abtah have qualified for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
Students Sarah Lee (left) and Mohamed El-Abtah have qualified for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Following their respective finishes at the recent Long Island Science and Engineering Fair and the New York State Science and Engineering Fair, Syosset High School students Mohamed El-Abtah and Sarah Lee have qualified for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, to be held in Phoenix, AZ, in May.

LISEF and NYSSEF serve as qualifying fairs for Intel ISEF. Overall, 21 Syosset High School students received awards at these fairs for their work.

El-Abtah won first place in biomedical health sciences at LISEF for his project that explored alternatives to chemotherapy when treating liver cancer and hepatitis. He conducted his research at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Bio Repository. Lee won first place in chemistry at NYSSEF for her research on alternative ways to block pain receptors in the body absent of side effects and consequences associated with over-the-counter medications. She conducted her research at Stony Brook University.

“Mohamed and Sarah are two of the most dedicated, caring and intense research students I have ever had the pleasure of working with,” said Syosset High School research facilitator Veronica Ade. “Their work toward treating illnesses and injury in a less intrusive, more compassionate manner is not only groundbreaking, but noble. On behalf of the entire science department, I wish them well at ISEF and congratulate all of our participants and honorees from LISEF and NYSSEF.”

—Syosset Schools

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