Eun-Be (Grace) Kim, a senior in the Academy for Medical Science Technology (AMST) at Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, New Jersey has been selected as a Finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search 2012. She was among the 300 semifinalists chosen from an initial pool of 1,839 entrants from high schools across the country and one American high school overseas. AMST senior George Iwaoka was also selected as a semifinalist; his research project is entitled “Investigating UBM Degradation Products as a Possible Therapeutic Treatment for Regenerative Medicine Using a P19 Cell Model.”
Finalists will gather in Washington, D.C. for a week-long event from March 8-13. They will undergo a rigorous judging process and meet with national leaders. In past years this has included a visit with the President, interaction with preeminent scientists, and display of their research at the National Geographic Society. Top winners will be announced at a black-tie gala awards ceremony at the National Building Museum on March 13.
The Intel Science Talent Search is this nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition. A program of Society for Science & the Public, the Search encourages students to tackle challenging scientific questions and develop the skills needed to solve the problems of tomorrow. Projects submitted for consideration this year covered all scientific disciplines including biochemistry, chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, behavioral science, medicine, and health. Ms. Kim’s research project is entitled “Tamoxifen: Novel Approach for the Treatment of Estrogen Receptor Negative Cancers.”
“Tackling real-world challenges from cancer to Internet security to alternative energy solutions, this year’s finalists are a true inspiration,” said Society for Science & the Public President Elizabeth Marincola. “We join with Intel in congratulating them on this tremendous honor, and commend the mentors, teachers, schools, parents, and communities that have contributed to their success.”
The Academy for Medical Science Technology is one of seven magnet high school programs comprising the Bergen County Academies, part of the Bergen County Technical Schools District. Students attending AMST are afforded the opportunity to work on research projects that reflect and demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge in the medical field.