Molecular Genetics Students Win Big at Science Fair

Molecular Genetics Students Win Big at Science Fair
Photo of Sarah Daniels (left) and Anna Marie Catalano at the North Jersey Regional Science Fair

Article by Holly Aloi, 3rd year research student and current Research and Teaching Assistant to Dr. Marlene Healey.

Photo Credit: Dr. Marlene Healey

Congratulations to all of the Pascack Valley Research in Molecular Genetics students who attended and won awards at the North Jersey Regional Science Fair. This year, there were 10 different projects winning a total of 15 awards. There were many category award winners, including Rachel Powell and Lauren Cohen, Justine Touzot and Sydney Nicklas, and Aman Chaturvedi in Behavioral Science. Various students won Rutgers Student Awards including Yee Ying Cheng, Nicole Misterek and Hannah Leili, and Leana Hacopian.

Along with the category awards, there were specialty award winners from various associations and groups. Justine Touzot and Sydney Nicklas won the Karen Krantz Memorial Award, as well as one of the American Psychological Association Award. Rachel Powell and Lauren Cohen also won the American Psychological Association Award. Nicole Misterek and Hannah Leili won the NASA Earth System Science Award, and Sarah Anne Schmoyer and Nicole Erin Arden received the Theobald Smith Society Award in Microbiology.

For the first time in the history of this program at Pascack Valley, a project was selected to be an ISEF Symposium finalist. ISEF, also known as the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair, is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. Sarah Daniels and Anna Marie Catalano were selected as finalists to further present their project. The pair also won in their category, Environmental Science, as well as the Stockholm Junior Water Prize from the Water Environment Foundation Award.

Photo of Sarah Daniels and Anna Marie Catalano who were selected as finalists to the ISEF Symposium
Photo of Sarah Daniels (left) and Anna Marie Catalano.

Students in the Research in Molecular Genetics class have gone on to attend colleges such as Duke, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, NYU and many other high caliber schools. Numerous alumni of the research program are currently performing research at major institutions or have entered into other STEM fields such as engineering, computer science, veterinary and medicine. 

Pascack Valley is proud of all students' accomplishments in getting accepted and winning awards at the North Jersey Regional Science Fair and would like to also recognize Dr. Marlene Healey for her expert guidance with our Molecular Genetics program.


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