CROSS RIVER, N.Y. -- A senior at John Jay High School has been named a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search, one of the nation's highest rated student competitions.
Jack Brotmann is among those recognized as a semi-finalist in the annual competition. Each semi-finalist earns $1,000 from the Intel Foundation. John Jay High School will receive a matching prize.
“When I first found out I had been named a semifinalist, I was thrilled and stunned at the same time,” said Brotmann. “I couldn’t believe that all the time I had spent researching my topic, searching for a mentor and conducting experiments in a laboratory had finally come to fruition.”
His project, "Hemoglobin Coated Nanoparticles: A Potential Model for Pro-inflammatory Microparticles in Circulation,” was the result of his growing interest in the wide uses of nanoparticles, according to a statement provided by the high school.
“I thought it would be fun to research such an amazing field with so many potential applications,” Brotmann said.
The teen's research was conducted last summer at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, There, according to the school district, he was able to test hypothesis that "hybrid nanoparticles possessing both magnetic and hydrogel properties would be able to be coated with hemoglobin most effectively."
Brotmann plans to attend Tufts University in the fall, with a major in either business or science.
“We could not be prouder of Jack,” said teacher Erin Asaro. “We know he works hard and it clearly paid off. We hope he has continued success in all future endeavors, both in and out of the sciences.”