Northwell Health Awards Female STEM Students

Northwell Health has partnered with The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research to award high school students the title of Medical Marvels in the 11th annual science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) research competition.

The competition tasked students from Long Island and New York City to recognize how social determinants of health could be impacted by climate change. The students worked to understand the effects climate change would have in their school and community, proposing ways to combat climate change and global warming.

An all-girls team from Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School took the prize:

  • Haley Brodzansky
  • Sophie Hu
  • Zahara Naqvi
  • Chloe Ng
  • Abigail Rajan

The team presented an approach to convert algae into biofuel, a corporate responsibility score index to hold their school accountable and a partnership with Ecosia, a web browser that utilizes ad revenue to plant trees. The students will split a $1,800 scholarship.

“For 11 years, we have tasked Long Island’s brightest young minds to critically think about some of the most complex topics, from human trafficking to gun violence and now climate change. And every year, these students never fail to impress,” said Ines Ruiz vanBoom, Assistant Vice President of Workforce Readiness at Northwell Health. “We hope the Medical Marvels program will inspire future scientists, engineers, doctors and change-makers to make our communities a better and healthier place to live.”