The 26th Annual High School Research Poster Session

Saturday, February 3, 2024

This annual poster competition for high school students, sponsored jointly by the American Chemical Society and St. Joseph’s University, took place on Feb. 3, 2024, at SJNY Brooklyn Campus. The event featured 128 poster presentations and welcomed 165 participants from six local high schools, showcasing a high standard of research. Every student received a certificate of participation. Nineteen projects earned honorable mentions and additional certificates. Four projects were recognized as winners, receiving supplementary certificates and Amazon gift cards as accolades for their contributions. 


First Place

  1. Yara Aguilar- Jose Marti STEM Academy
    Tuning the Piezoelectric Properties of Electrospun Gelatin Scaffolds for Tissue Regeneration Purposes
  2. Joeliz Correa- Jose Marti STEM Academy
    Bioremediation of the NJ wetlands using live organisms

Second Place

  1. Ravneet Ahluwalia & Saptarshi Banik- Francis Lewis High School
    The Life Span Effects of Rhodiola rosea Applied to Vanessa cardui Butterflies at 1 Week from Birth at Different Concentrations
  2. Carolyn Eloy- Jose Marti STEM Academy
    Removal of Heavy Metals from Water using Biomimicry

Honorable Mention

  1. Jade Castillo- Jose Marti STEM Academy
    Teen Risk-Taking Behavior: Inhalant Usage Comparison to Tobacco Cartridges
  2. Fiona Cen- Francis Lewis High School
    Effects of Doxylamine Succinate on the Rate of Head Regeneration in Dugesia tigrina
  3. Julio Cervantes- Jose Marti STEM Academy
    Fabrication and Analysis of Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLEDs) with Solution-process Ruthenium Complex and PEDOT:PSS Thin Films
  4. Darren Chen & Alejandro Velazquez- Brooklyn Technical High School & Midwood High School
    Investigation of physical properties of a novel zinc chloride-butyramide deep eutectic solvent
  5. Maggie Chen- Francis Lewis High School
    The Effect of Black Pepper Extract on Alzheimer’s Disease Related Behavior in C. elegans
  6. Valerie Duran- Jose Marti STEM Academy
    Imposter Syndrome Among First-Generation Professionals
  7. Rikza Fatima, Devin Morales, & Joanne Zhu- Midwood High School
    Researching the Mechanisms of Actions of 5-Fluorouracil in wild-type and ThyA Escherichia coli
  8. Merisha Fernando- Jose Marti STEM Academy
    Evaluating a Non-invasive Treatment To Prevent Neuronal Death After a Traumatic Brain Injury
  9. Aidan Fields- Jose Marti STEM Academy
    Developing an Algorithm That Identifies Stellar Objects Through Light Curve Analysis
  10. Andy Gonzalez- Jose Marti STEM Academy
    Engineering Metal Oxides for Chemical Looping Combustion (CLC)
  11. Tian Jin, Ashley Quito Angamarca, & Nathalie Zhang- Francis Lewis High School
    The Effects of Nitrogen Preference of Nitrate (NO3-) Compared to Ammonium (NH4+) on the Growth of Phyllanthus fluitans
  12. Abigail Lim & Winni Zheng- Francis Lewis High School
    The effect of Green Tea extract on wound inflicted diabetic Caenorhabditis elegans
  13. Lehansa Marambage- Jose Marti STEM Academy
    Quantitative Characterization of Single Particle Combustion using X-ray Phase Contrast Imaging and Machine Learning
  14. Claudio Martinez- Jose Marti STEM Academy
    Autonomous Search and Rescue Robot
  15. Mili Raghavan- High Tech High School
    Investigating Emotions Inspired by World Music in Hearing Impaired
  16. Yanhe Rong & Joey Zhu- Midwood High School
    The Effects of Omega 3 Fatty Acids on Suppressing ADHD Symptoms
  17. Jose Rubio- Jose Marti STEM Academy
    Robotic IoT Testbed
  18. Vigneshwari Sivakumar- Francis Lewis High School
    Calibration in Neighborhood-Level Pollution Trends Using Low-Cost PM2.5 Sensors in Kolkata, India
  19. Audrey Wood- Saint Saviour High School
    The Effect of Liquid Smoke on Pascopyrum


Looking for Earthworms: a Chemist’s Guide on Making Big Decisions

Anthony Sementilli, Ph.D- Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science at Molloy University

Anthony Sementilli, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science Department at Molloy University. Before joining Molloy, he was a principal radiopharmaceutical production chemist at Stony Brook University Hospital, where he synthesized imaging agents for clinical research. Currently, his main research interests are in developing peptide-inspired materials and pharmaceutical countermeasures to internalized radioactive pollutants. He is also interested in experimenting with active, tactile learning modules in the classroom. Dr. Sementilli holds a Ph.D in Biomolecular Chemistry from Emory University, and a B.S. from St. Joseph’s University, New York.


We would like to acknowledge those who worked to make this event a success:


Jill K. Rehmann, Ph.D.

Event Coordinator

Jeonghee Kang, Ph.D.


Amira Elramsisy and Sandra Zuri


Daniel Mace Jill Rehmann Loidra Anderson
Sunwoo Lee Kareem Bagato Andre Barrella
Edwin Castillo Yarim Lee Mitu Chakraborty
Daisy Custodio LeQwan Wilson Hadja Diallo
Pamela Lovejoy Matthew Lundquist Maria Montoya
Noor Nasr Helen Qu Jong Lee
Jeonghee Kang Kleopatra Garo Milana Haripersaud
Sulabh Katila Ritika Kaul Kevin Kolack
Isa-Marie Kreuzinger Albina Haque Melissa Larios-Benavides
Melissa Guercio Obay Saidee Sashoy Milton
Syeda Sunaina Naqvi Gail Moran Michael Magee
Adesewa Oyewo Nora Plante Skyler Price
Edwin Castillo Saida Quispi Emily Ramprashad
Joao Marcelo Ribeiro Mohammed Salem Shelsy Fils-Aime
Matthew Stadler Andrea Stadler Jasmina Turdieva
Shaniakay Williams Elizabeth Zollinger Mohammed Qasem


●    Gloria Asirifi-Manu
●    Rishav Basnet
●    Mandy Bhagwandeen
●    Gina Choumi Ngassam
●    Ratna Kanhai
●    Bimal Kumal
●    Branden Lopez
●    Massimo Bianco
●    Kaela Collazo
●    Joell McKeon
●    Shruti Luintel
●    Jahin Sadique
●    James Oates
●    Alish Pandey
●    Sweety Shakya
●    Dure Shehwar
●    Shruti Luintel
●    Drishya Shrestha
●    Srijana Shrestha
●    Cole Stadler
●    Sophia Stadler
●    Matthew Umerov

With support from

  • Office of Institutional Advancement
  • Office of Admissions