Research Opportunities for High School Students

Westinghouse/Intel Projects

Students from local high schools are invited to do research projects with our faculty as part of the national Westinghouse/Intel Science Competition. Students seeking a mentor should read the descriptions of faculty research and contact a likely professor directly. We have two semifinalists in 2006; see below.

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Intel 2004 semifinalists at NYU

Students, faculty, and graduate mentors (pictured from left to right): First row -- Naazia Husain, student in Phelps lab; Liz Phelps, professor of psychology and neuroscience; Rob Faludi, MA student in Carrasco lab; Sylvain Cappell, professor of mathematics. Second row -- Andreas Olsson, PhD student in Phelps lab; Laurence Maloney, professor of psychology and neuroscience; Denis Pelli, professor of psychology and neuroscience; Marisa Carrasco, professor of psychology and neuroscience. Third row -- Charles Peskin, professor of mathematics; Matan Harel (finalist), student with Peskin; Paulina Trzcinka, student in Maloney lab; Lyuba Azbel and Henny Admoni, both students in Pelli lab. Not photographed: Betty Kolod, student in Pelli lab, Adam Moss, student in Carrasco lab, and Sam Lewallen, student with Cappell.

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Intel 2002 semifinalists at NYU

Gathering with the Intel semi-finalists they mentored are NYU Professors Denis Pelli (back row, far left), Larry Maloney (second from left), Sylvain Cappell (third from left), Charles Peskin (back row middle), Joan Gay Snodgrass (middle row, middle), and Marialuisa Martelli (first row, far left), a postgraduate researcher in Psychology.

Psychology Dept Westinghouse/Intel competition semi-finalists

Year
Semifinalist's name Project title Faculty mentor
2006
Jake Baron (Stuyvesant High School)photo "The limits of counting." Denis Pelli
2006
Yi Cui (Bronx High School of Science)photo "Skimming." Denis Pelli
2005
Jordan Suchow
(Irvington High School)
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"Learning to identify letters: Generalization in high-level perceptual learning." Denis Pelli
2004
Henny Admoni
(Great Neck North High School)
"Counting features. Quantifying discrete parts in visual object identification." Denis Pelli
2004
Lyuba Azbel
(Midwood High School)
"How do the deaf read? The paradox of performing a phonemic task without sound." Denis Pelli
2004
Naazia Amina Husain
(Stuyvesant High School)
"Learned Fear of Phobic vs. Neutral Stimuli After Pavlovian Conditioning " Liz Phelps
2004
Elizabeth "Betty" Kolod
(Midwood High School)
"How does learning sign language affect perception?" Denis Pelli
2004
Adam Jacob Moss
(Oceanside High School)
"The Effects of Changes in Spatial Frequency on Visual Performance Fields Elicited by Motor Control" Marisa Carrasco
2004
Paulina Trzcinka
(Townsend Harris High School)
"Questions Without Words: Human Movement Planning and Decision Making " Laurence Maloney
2003
Samba Silla
(Stuyvesant High School)
"Gestalt rules the corner of your eye" Denis Pelli
2002
Sarah Hersh
(Great Neck High School)
"Perceived surface orientation and perceived albedo." Larry Maloney
2002
Moon Hee Lee "Combining orientations to identify letters." Denis Pelli
2002
"Amber" Yan Xiang Liang "Readers Beware! Effects of Visual Noise on the Channel for Reading" Denis Pelli
2002
Lixin Lisa Xu "Contextual effects of implicit priming on perceptual identification." Gay Snodgrass
2001
Sonal Batra
(Stuyvesant 2001)
"Mothers' Expectations About Their Infants' Motor and Language Milestones." Karen Adolph
2001
Anna Zubkina
(Stuyvesant High School)
"Investigating the process of visual search: localization and idenification of shapes" Marisa Carrasco
2000
Nila Leigh
(Stuyvesant 2000; now at NYU)
"Who needs cheeks?" Denis Pelli
1997
Peri Kurshan
(Stuyvesant 1997; now at Brown)
"Reading Letters" Denis Pelli
1997
Annie Livik
(Stuyvesant 1997; now at Cornell)
“The effect of environment-based second language acquisition on mental retrieval processes” Brian McElree

Other honors

Year
Student's name Honor Faculty mentor
2004
Henny Admoni Long Island Science and Engineering Fair - Best in Category - Behavior Sciences Denis Pelli
2004
Henny Admoni Intel International Science and Engineering Fair - Finalist Denis Pelli
2004
Lyuba Azbel Junior Science and Humanities Symposium - Finalist Denis Pelli
2004
Betty Kolod Intel International Science and Engineering Fair - Finalist Denis Pelli
2002
Deborah Birnbaum Intel Long Island Science and Engineering Fair for Behavioral Science - Winner Marisa Carrasco

 

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