Three City Students Win Big With Science — and a Fourth With Luck

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 03:28 PM

Three students at city public schools won a hefty prize from the American Museum of Natural History last week: college scholarships worth $30,000.

The students -- Shanawaj Khair of John Bowne High School in Flushing, Queens; Ryan Moye of the Brooklyn Latin School; and Caitlin Dorman of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts -- were all participants in the museum’s Science Research Mentoring Program, in which they spent two years on projects with the museum's scientists.

Ms. Dorman studied the amount of metal in certain types of dwarf stars, Mr. Moye researched the evolution of prehistoric reptiles and Mr. Khair studied a neurotoxin found in a certain venomous snail. They are the first recipients of the scholarships, which will be given annually.

The scholarship winners were announced on Thursday.

The take-home prize was not quite up to the winnings of Robert Salo, the James Madison High School senior who The Daily News reported on Tuesday had won the New York Lottery’s “Win $1,000 a Week for Life” game. He stands to reap more than $3 million, The News estimated.


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