We are consistently impressed with the drive, professionalism, and fierce curiosity demonstrated by our Science Institute students. We are so proud of Bonnie Mendelson (‘16) on the wonderful achievement of winning the Material Science award and placing third in the New York City Science Math and Engineering Fair Finals round! Bonnie was one of 169 students competing in the final round of the 2016 New York City Science and Engineering Fair, held at the American Museum of Natural History. Bonnie’s project is entitled “A Novel Approach to Constructing a Blood Vessel Using Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), Fibrinogen, Graphene, and Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells (HUVECs). Says Mrs. Ruth Fried, Director of the Science Institute and Chair of the Science Department, “I am so proud of Bonnie and the way that she handled her entire research and competition experience. Her maturity, natural elegance and grace added so much to the eloquence of her speech and brilliance of her research. I wish Bonnie the greatest success as she soon graduates and continues her studies in university. I hope to hear wonderful things from Bonnie in the future.” Congratulations are also due to the sophomores who have been placed in clinical research labs for this coming summer! Yael Laks will be working with Montefiore’s Dr. Scott G. Chudnoff, Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Health, Co-Fellowship Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery; Leeba Sullivan will work with Dr. Allan Wolkoff, Herman Lopata Chair in Liver Disease Research Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases at AECOM; Hila Karol will study with Dr. Meredith Hawkins, AECOM Professor, Department of Medicine and Endocrinology, Harold and Muriel Block Chair in Medicine, Director Global Diabetes Institute; and Avigail Winokur will conduct research with Dr. Jill Crandall, Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine and Endocrinology, also at AECOM. Director of the Science Institute Mrs. Ruth Fried wishes for our students a summer “filled with growth in independence and learning” and extends a thank you to Dr. Ruth Freeman for her work to help place our students in their research labs. Kol hakovod as well to Aviva Landau (‘17) and Sara Teitelman (‘17) on their acceptance to Stony Brook University’s Garcia summer high school honors research program!