Innovating for the Greater Good: Iona Prep Students Receive Division Awards at Regeneron Westchester Science & Engineering Fair

Iona Prep Students Win Regeneron Science Fair Division Awards

Two standout students from Iona Prep recently received division awards at the 2024 Regeneron Westchester Science & Engineering Fair. Aydan Gerber, a senior, and Mateo Del Rio Lanse, a junior, both showcased their exceptional work at the competition held on March 16th at Somers High School. Over 700 high school students from Westchester, Putnam, and Sullivan Counties participated in the event.

At the fair, Gerber earned a division award for his project that involved developing an algorithm using Python to analyze keyword frequency and identify significant topics of discussion under the #sustainability hashtag on Twitter. His results were published by Cambridge University Press in February.

On the other hand, Del Rio Lanse won a division award for his work on improving machine-learning rates by developing three convolutional neural networks that can screen for tumors in brain scans. His project aimed to improve healthcare outcomes by providing doctors with more accurate diagnoses.

The Regeneron Westchester Science & Engineering Fair aims to encourage students to engage in hands-on science and research. By providing a platform for high school students in Westchester, Putnam, and Sullivan Counties to showcase their work, the fair helps promote innovation and academic excellence. The top 20 projects from the competition will advance to the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair where students will have the opportunity to present their research on a global stage.

Both Gerber and Del Rio Lanse’s achievements are remarkable as they demonstrate their dedication and passion towards scientific research. Their success serves as an inspiration to other aspiring scientists who dream of making a difference in the world through science and technology.

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