H. Frank Carey High School science research students competed in the seventh annual Medical Marvels Program, established by the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Northwell Health’s Center for Workforce Readiness on March 8.
The program was developed to encourage Long Island high school students in ninth and 10th grades to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Students Blessing Bafunso, Emma Byrne, Cara Cordova, Jennifer Kim, Gianna Montante, Hadiqa Sandhu and Anais Sayedi examined the current vaping epidemic affecting schools and developed an innovative solution to end the problem and thus improve the health and safety of their student population. Thirty-eight teams submitted proposals in the competition. Each underwent an evaluation and judging process conducted by a panel of scientists, clinicians and health care administrators using the National Institutes of Health grant-scoring criteria. Teams presented their completed proposals at the Medical Marvels competition at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.