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Syndi Barish Credits KPSD For Accomplishements In Science Research

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Syndi BarishSyndi Barish graduated from Kings Park High School in 2012.  She has since graduated from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) with a double major in Biology and Applied Mathematics and just finished her first year at Yale where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Genetics. According to Syndi, “While most of her classmates at Yale started doing research in college (and many of them only decided to go into research in college), I was fortunate to be exposed to research through Kings Park High School’s Independent Science Research (ISR) program, and after working in a lab at Stony Brook while doing my Intel project, I realized that I wanted to go into research.”  Syndi is just one of many Kings Park High School ISR graduates who have been successful in graduate and doctoral research settings. 

This past year, Syndi had two first author papers published. She was involved in two different research projects at The College of New Jersey, one in biology and one in math. One of her published papers stemmed from her biology research at TCNJ and details a method she developed to do her research on plant species. Another is from her math research at TCNJ and deals with a method to determine the robustness of a given cancer treatment across several different individuals. This paper was just published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences(PNAS) last week, which is one of the top journals in science. An article about this paper can be accessed on the TCNJ website at: http://science.tcnj.edu/2017/07/31/tcnj-student-and-professors-publish-study-on-cancer-therapy-in-leading-international-scientific-journal/.

According to Dr. Eagen, Kings Park’s Superintendent of Schools, “We are very proud of Syndi.  She was an exceptional ISR student while attending KPHS, and she was destined to perform and publish science research.  Our ISR program continues to thrive in Kings Park, and Syndi is a prime example of our success.”


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