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WAC Lighting Foundation Sponsors Science Fair

JERICHO, N.Y. – The Research Association of Long Island, New York proudly announces that the WAC Lighting Foundation will once again sponsor its annual event, for the ninth consecutive year. Created to help promote the education and careers of young scientists, the 2020 WAC Lighting Invitational Science Fair is scheduled for Jericho High School on Sunday, April 26th, from 8 a.m.- 12 p.m. at 99 Cedar Swamp Road in Jericho, New York. WAC Lighting is a leading manufacturer of architectural, decorative and task lighting.

The WAC Invitational Science Fair symposium that offers over 400 students from Long Island, New York high schools the opportunity to present their research projects to esteemed judges from leading institutions and businesses. The Research Association is a consortium of 11 Long Island, NY high schools represented by teachers advising students that research is an active avenue into understanding the true nature of science.

“This science fair lets students know that it’s wonderful to excel in science and we are honored to sponsor the Invitational Science Fair again this year,” explained WAC Lighting President and CEO Shelley Wald. “Perhaps some of these young scientists will help solve some of the world’s greatest challenges and contribute to a greater quality of life for all of us.”

The fair includes eight major categories with winners selected from projects developed and completed by high school seniors and underclass students (grades 9-12). Awards and scholarships will be presented to winners of First, Second and Third Places, as well as Merits and Honorable Mentions. The topics of research are as varied as the students. Students may spend months or years exploring cures to different types of cancer or producing energy-efficient fuel alternatives.

Participating students have spent months and even years, in labs exploring Earth and Environmental Science, Prototype Engineering; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; General Biology; Behavioral Science; Chemistry; Physics and Astronomy; and Computer Science and Computational Modeling. Students attend the following high schools: Great Neck North; Great Neck South; Schreiber; Wheatley; Syosset; Herricks; Roslyn; Jericho; Manhasset; Commack; and South Side.

“The great thing about this science fair is that our judges are scientists and they engage our students in very high level conversations about their work,” explained Alan Schorn, President of the Research Association. “We are very thankful to WAC Lighting for making this science fair possible.”

Participating students have gone on to pursue advanced studies at leading educational institutions: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stony Brook University, Harvard, Yale, Brown, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, the University of Rochester, Carnegie Mellon, Dartmouth, Princeton, Columbia, NYU and other top universities.

Judges include over 135 academicians and professionals who are affiliated with leading universities, hospitals and other institutions including: Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Columbia University, Long Island University, New York University, North Shore University Hospital-LIJ Medical Center, Weill Cornell Medical College, Hofstra University, Mount Sinai Medical Center, St. Johns University and Fordham University, and Adelphi University.

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