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Pond Snail Study Advances Seaford Student in Science Fair

Madison Elias is off to a solid start in Seaford High School’s science research program, garnering recognition in multiple regional science fairs. Most recently, the sophomore received an invite to the second round of the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair.

Three Seaford students presented their research findings at LISEF on Feb. 5. Madison entered for her project, “Can green tea alleviate the effects of stress related to the learning and long-term memory in the great pond snail?” She was among the 20 percent of entrants who advanced the next round, where she will then vie for a spot in the New York Science and Engineering Fair.

Science research teacher Janine Cupo noted that LISEF judges are experts in the specific fields related to their research projects that they evaluate. She said that Madison’s work impressed the two judges she spoke with at the fair.

Madison, noting the high caliber of student projects at LISEF, said that is a big honor to be selected for the next round of competition. She will continue her research on the topic to prepare for the judges’ questions on March 12.

As a freshman, Madison earned highest honors in the biology and medicine category at the Long Island Science Congress fair in the junior varsity division for a similar study on pond snails. Additionally, she received the Future Scientist of the Year award in the South Asian American Women’s Alliance fair.