Whitman Students Excel at National Research Center

Walt Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy congratulates Erin and Marisa on completing the highly regarded internship at Brookhaven National Labs this summer. thumbnail133552
Walt Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy congratulates Erin and Marisa on completing the highly regarded internship at Brookhaven National Labs this summer.
Marisa describes to Principal John Murphy how AI technology is used to help researchers simulate data in predicting Alzheimer’s. thumbnail133662
Marisa describes to Principal John Murphy how AI technology is used to help researchers simulate data in predicting Alzheimer’s.
Erin shares how using algae to produce biofuel can have a positive and lasting impact on our environment.  thumbnail133554
Erin shares how using algae to produce biofuel can have a positive and lasting impact on our environment.
Erin Torres presents her research on Bio fuel at the closing ceremony at BNL. thumbnail133663
Erin Torres presents her research on Bio fuel at the closing ceremony at BNL.
Marisa Bobal presents her research on Artificial Intelligence at the closing ceremony at BNL thumbnail133664
Marisa Bobal presents her research on Artificial Intelligence at the closing ceremony at BNL
Erin Torres holds a photo of the 2019 Summer Research Team, along with Fausto Fernandez from the Department of Energy, and Ken White, Manager of BNL's Education Programs. thumbnail133665
Erin Torres holds a photo of the 2019 Summer Research Team, along with Fausto Fernandez from the Department of Energy, and Ken White, Manager of BNL's Education Programs.

Rising Sophomores Marisa Bobal and Erin Torres were selected to participate in this summer's prestigious STEM-Prep Institute at Brookhaven National Lab (BNL). 

This highly competitive program engages some of the most talented and promising science students from districts across Long Island for hands-on activities relating to the different types of research conducted at BNL, including physics, biology, chemistry, scientific computing and environmental science.

“My favorite part of the internship were all of the experiments and lab work we were able to do because since it’s a national lab, we could do a lot that we wouldn’t be able to do in high school,” shared Marisa on her experience at Brookhaven National Labs. Marisa was nominated by 9th grade science teacher Ms. Woods to take part in the internship experience, along with Erin who was also nominated. “It was a very interesting experience,” shared Erin. “I was surprised to find that we were able to step out of our comfort zone and look as aspects of science that maybe we wouldn’t have otherwise. We got to do what scientists are able to do.”

The two sophomores were asked to come up with their own project topics that they personally wanted to know more about that related to their experience at the lab. Marisa, who has always been interested in computer science, chose to do her project on artificial intelligence. Erin, who referred to herself as “an environmental junkie,” used this project as an opportunity to research bio fuels and alternatives that could have a positive effect on the environment. “We’re the next generation of leaders and innovators and we want to make an impact,” Erin shared.

At the concluding ceremony in August, Erin presented her research on Bio fuels and Marisa presented her research on Artificial Intelligence.  Both students made strong positive impressions on the researchers at BNL and took away skills and connections that will be invaluable for their academic futures.

Congratulations to Marisa and Erin!