High Tech Honored at Jersey City Medical Center/RWJ Barnabas Health STEM Showcase Awards Ceremony

(Jersey City, NJ–May 1, 2019) Three High Tech students earned medals for their research projects at the awards ceremony for the Jersey City Medical Center/RWJ Barnabas Health STEM Showcase, held at the Margaret Williams Theatre, located in Hepburn Hall on the main campus of New Jersey City University, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech High School.

The awards ceremony took place at 7 p.m. in the 1,026 seat proscenium theatre venue, where Sarah Bacha of North Bergen and Secaucus resident Eshaan Mangat received Gold Medals for their research projects, “Investigating the Contributions of the DeNovo Serine Synthesis in Breast Cancer Brain Metastasis” and “Modeling the Distribution of Superparamagnetic Nanoparticles in the Bloodstream,” respectively. As a result of their dedication and contributions to STEM, both obtained full scholarships to New Jersey City University as well.

In addition, Gold Medalists Bacha and Mangat received the NJCU President’s Scholarship, worth $ 22,000, to be applied to the cost of attending NJCU. Bacha also received the United States Metric Association Award.

Another High Tech student, Carina Garcia, also from Secaucus, earned the Silver Medal for her project, “3D Electrospun ECM-Based Hybrid Scaffolds: Aligned vs. Random Fiber Interactions with Breast Cancer Cell Liner.”

“It is my pleasure to work with such talented research students,” says Dr. Arun Srivastava, veteran Medical Sciences, AP Seminar, AP Research teacher, and mentor to the awardees from High Tech. “Each time I interact with them, I learn something new, ranging from developments on cancer research to A.I.”

Judges selected Bacha, Mangat, and Garcia as winners at the STEM Showcase held on March 11th.

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