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Two Yorktown HS Students Receive Acorda Scientific Excellence Awards

Bridgette Nikisher
Bridgette Nikisher Photo Credit: Contributed
Catherine Chung
Catherine Chung Photo Credit: Contributed

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- Yorktown High School students Catherine Chung and Bridgette Nikisher recently received the Acorda Scientific Excellence Award for their individual research papers and unique scientific studies.

As part of receiving the Acorda Scientific Excellence Award, they have been featured on AM 1230 WFAS, where they spoke about their projects.

For her project, Chung set her sights on solving a problem that affects more than 783 million people around the world: a lack of access to clean drinking water. As current water purification technologies are expensive and unable to fully purify “dirty” water, Chung wanted to build a practical, inexpensive and effective water purification system that could easily be operated by anyone in need.

To further her aspirations of becoming a surgeon, Nikisher was looking for an opportunity to experience the biochemistry side of medicine when she learned that there is currently only one way of diagnosing the kidney disease IgA nephropathy: a very invasive renal biopsy. For her project, Nikisher set out in search of a new way of diagnosing the disease that would be more time- and cost-effective and prevent thousands of unnecessary biopsies.

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