Standout Science and Engineering Achievements: Aydan Gerber and Mateo Del Rio Lanse at the Regeneron Westchester Science & Engineering Fair

Iona Prep Students Win Division Awards at Regeneron Science Fair

Two students from Iona Prep stood out at the 2024 Regeneron Westchester Science & Engineering Fair. Aydan Gerber, a senior, and Mateo Del Rio Lanse, a junior, received Division Awards for their exceptional work in the competition that drew over 700 high school students from Westchester, Putnam, and Sullivan Counties.

The event took place on March 16th at Somers High School, with the awards ceremony held on Thursday. Aydan Gerber’s project focused on using Python to conduct keyword-frequency analysis and Latent Dirichlet Allocation to identify significant topics of discussion under the #sustainability hashtag on Twitter. His findings were published by Cambridge University Press in February.

On the other hand, Mateo Del Rio Lanse’s project aimed to improve machine-learning rates by developing three convolutional neural networks (CNNs) that can screen for tumors in brain scans. His innovative approach earned him a Division Award at the fair as well.

The Regeneron Westchester Science & Engineering Fair (WESEF) encourages students to engage in hands-on scientific research by providing a platform to showcase their work. The top 20 projects from the fair will advance to the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair. With their innovative projects and recognition at the fair, Aydan Gerber and Mateo Del Rio Lanse are setting an example for others and contributing to the future of science and technology.

In conclusion, both Aydan Gerber and Mateo Del Rio Lanse have demonstrated exceptional talent and dedication in their respective fields of study. Their achievements at the Regeneron Westchester Science & Engineering Fair are a testament to their hard work and commitment to advancing scientific knowledge. Their contributions will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on their respective fields of study, inspiring future generations of scientists and engineers to pursue similar paths of discovery and innovation.

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