2 Wheatley seniors reach Intel semifinals

Bryan Ahrens

Wheatley School seniors Kuan Yu and Arjun Kapoor were among 43 Long Island students to rank as Intel Science Talent Search semifinalists on Jan. 7.

The students, who were chosen among 1,800 entries from 41 states, will compete with 300 semifinalists nationwide for monetary prizes, including three first place awards of $150,000 each.

Efforts to reach the students were unavailing.

Yu and Kapoor, who were each awarded $1,000, are expected to hear if they rank as finalists on Jan. 21. Finalists will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. from March 5-11, where they will compete for more than $1 million in awards, according to the Intel Science Talent Search website.

Kapoor’s project, titled “The Construction of Low Entropy Quasi-Optimal Interconnection Network Topologies,” was completed at Stony Brook University.

Yu conducted his project, titled “Purification, Assessment, and Structural Analysis of Anti-Oxidative Compounds from the Mushroom Hericium erinaceus that Mitigate Rotenone Induced Parkinson’s Disease” at the Neuroscience Research Institute at SUNY Old Westbury.

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