Port Jefferson Student Named Intel Semi-Finalist

Dr. Iwao Ojima and student Kent Ueno worked on a 'Design and Synthesis of Tumor-Targeting Drug Conjugates for Imaging Studies' project that landed Ueno as an Intel semi-finalist.

Kent Ueno has been named a semi-finalist in the national 2014 Intel Science Talent Search organization. Ueno was one of over 20 students being mentored by Stony Brook University. 

Ueno, who currently attends Earl. L Vandermeulen High School, has been working with Stony Brook's professor of Chemistry Dr. Iwao Ojima on a Design and Synthesis of Tumor-Targeting Drug Conjugates for Imaging Studies. 

The Intel Science Talent Search is the nation’s most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors. According to the organization, it has been hosting it's competition since 1942 to provide "a national stage for the country's best and brightest young scientists to present original research to nationally recognized professional scientists."

The research that both Ueno and Ojma have done have landed Ueno as one of 300 semi-finalist. Once named a semifinalist, Ueno is awarded $1000 as a scholarship and an additional $1,000 is given to his school to be used for educational purposes. 

Now, the wait is on. The Intel STS finalists will be announced on January 22 and will compete for additional awards in Washington, D.C. in March. 


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