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2 Ward Melville Seniors Named Intel Semifinalists

A total of 50 Long Island seniors were named as semifinalists in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search.

Luran He and Harrison Li, seniors at Ward Melville have been chosen as Intel Semifinalists.
Luran He and Harrison Li, seniors at Ward Melville have been chosen as Intel Semifinalists.
Two Ward Melville seniors are among 50 across Long Island and 300 nationwide to be chosen as semifinalists in the 2014 Intel Talent Science Search.

Luran He and Harrison Li, seniors in Ward Melville’s InSTAR science research program, were recognized for their outstanding research work during the past year. Both students will receive $1,000 for becoming semifinalists. Each school wins $1,000 for every semifinalist named.

He's project examined chaotic dynamics in an unbounded continuous system, and found some interesting relations for bonding in a three-particle system. 

Li analyzed storm trends and changes in the local environment of the northeastern United States using data from 1979 to 2010, and developed highly accurate statistical models to predict future long term thunderstorm trends.

Both students were mentored by professors at Stony Brook University. Li, by Dr. Brian Colle and He by Dr. Philip Allen.

In addition to their mentors, both students worked with Ward Melville teachers Ms. Jennifer Visconti, Mr. James Dornicik, and Dr. George Baldo.

Out of this group of 300, 40 finalists will be chosen to attend the Intel ScienceTalent Institute in Washington, DC in March where they will undergo further judging and share $630,000 in awards.


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