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Tori F.

Tori Famularo is a 17-year-old rising senior at Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead, NY. She has been part of her school's science research program for the past 3 years and looks forward to her final year this fall. As a member of the research program, She has conducted 3 significant scientific investigations. In her freshmen year, she primarily focused on a project labeled “Do preconceived notions affect one’s taste?”. This project proved to be particularly successful at the Molloy College Science Fair, where her team earned 2nd place. During her sophomore year, she conducted a behavioral project closely linked to her ethnic roots. Her study assessed student stress in single-sex college preparatory schools in both New York and Puerto Rico. This project has received numerous awards, including an invitation to present a poster as first-author at the Association for Psychological Science convention, an invitation to present and the Long Island Youth Summit, a Finalist in the national JYEM Meta Competition, and a Merit Finalist award at the Long Island Science Congress. This past summer, she conducted her third scientific investigation at Brookhaven National Laboratory, where she has been associated and has conducted research for the past 3 years. She worked with her mentor, Dr. Atiya Banerjee, to create a python script to develop PDB files of the activation sites of transition metals. It is because of this internship that she has decided that she would like to pursue a degree in computer science. Beyond her research, Tori participates in numerous extracurricular activities. She is currently an editor of her school newspaper, an avid member of Girls Who Code and Women in Healthcare & Medicine, head captain of Speech and Debate, captain of Science Olympiad, vice president of Women in Engineering, treasurer of She’s the First, and founder of the Meditation Club. Taking part in so many activities, Tori has become quite good at budgeting my time accordingly. She even has time for nonacademic hobbies. She loves to read, ski, wakeboard, and boat.

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  • 2021 Greater New York City AffiliateWinner
  • 2022 Greater New York City AffiliateWinner
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