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GHS science students to speak at national conference

March 15, 2017 GMT

GREENWICH — Two Greenwich High students will take the stage in San Diego in April to deliver Ted Talk-style lectures on their cutting edge science research.

Junior Shobhita Sundaram and senior William Yin collected “Oral Presentership” awards at the Connecticut Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at the University of Connecticut, UConn Health in Farmington, Conn. on Saturday.

Sundaram collected the first place “Oral Presentership” award for her invention of a new computer program that analyzes patient data to determine if he or she has pancreatic cancer years before symptoms appear or a malignancy forms. In addition to her trip to the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in San Diego, Shobhi was awarded a $2,000 cash prize and a $65,000 four-year scholarship to the University of Connecticut.

Yin finished second place for his research on developing a band-aid like sensor to detect the build up of plaque in the carotid artery, allowing treatment to be administered long before a heart attack takes place. Yin will present in San Diego in April and received a $1,500 cash prize.

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GHS senior Connor Li also collected an “Oral Presentership” award. He will not present in San Diego as only the top two students in the Symposium — Sundaram and Yin — advance to nationals.

Sundaram, Yin and Li are students in GHS science teacher Andrew Bramante’s independent science research course.

“With regards to why these three students were chosen, it was a blend of their amazing speaking skills, but also their tremendous creativity and genius in the work that each has done, in order to provide workable solutions to problems that we as a society face,” said Bramante. “All are compelling in their work, delivery, and ability to capture an audience, regardless of their technical expertise.”

Sundaram, Yin and Li were three of 16 students in the state chosen as oral presenters, out more than 200 who applied.

Students apply to the Connecticut symposium by submitting a three minute video in which they explain their research. The top students are invited to give oral presentations to judges. These judges selected the first, second and third place finishers.

This is the first year Bramante’s students have swept the first and second place spots in the symposium. He has a first place finisher only one other time in his twelve years with the school.

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