Five of Sacred Heart Academy's "best and brightest" - Isabel Louie '23, Catalina Ramirez '23, Shadia Suha '23, Tori Famularo '22, and Alexis Fernandez '22 - will be spending part of their summer at a world-renowned research facility, the Brookhaven National Labs STEM-Prep Summer Institute.
The Brookhaven National Labs STEM-Prep Summer Institute is a two-to-four-week enrichment program in the sciences for 9th-grade students of under-represented populations. Approximately 24 students are selected annually to participate in this program.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year's program will be conducted entirely online. The girls will experience two-week-long modules covering topics in scientific computing and data science.
Since Isabel, Catalina, and Shadia comprise three of BNL's 24 participants, this means that 12.5 percent of the STEM-Prep Summer Institute will be members of the Sacred Heart Academy Class of 2023. This ties the record for the highest percentage in program history.
- Che Johnson-McGregor '21 attended the STEM-Prep in Summer 2018.
- Tori Famularo and Alexis Fernandez attended the STEM-Prep in Summer 2019
- Sacred Heart Academy is the only school on Long Island that can boast that six of its students, all girls no less, have attended this prestigious Brookhaven National Labs STEM program over the past three years.
Tori Famularo and Alexis Fernandez will be returning (virtually) to Brookhaven National Laboratories this summer for a two-week program in astrophysics and cosmology. Tori and Alexis will have the opportunity to explore topics such as Dark Matter, the Vera Rubin Telescope and image data, and moon observation (weather permitting) under the mentorship of BNL senior scientists Dr. Aleida Perez (director of student research), Dr. Allison McComisky (chair, environmental & climate sciences), Dr. Vanessa Sanders (radiochemistry) & Dr. Prerana Kankiya (physics) and Wei Xu (computer science).
Isabel Louie '23 plans to delve even more deeply into the realm of scientific inquiry. She has been accepted to a second, month-long program for underrepresented young men and women "of exceptional promise" at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories. CHS Labs' STARS DNA Learning Center Summer Program for Gifted Minority Youth has also been reworked into a virtual format. Ms. Louie will participate in lectures from physicians and doctoral-level researchers, hands-on labs via Zoom with at-home kits, interactive computing and coding exercises, and virtual field trips to Stony Brook Medical School.