MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- Westlake High School senior Sarah Marino has been named an I-SWEEEP finalist and grand prize winner at the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair, held March 7.
Her medal-winning research was one of four projects selected to go on to compete at the International Sustainable World Project Olympiad, or I-SWEEEP, in Houston in May.
The I-SWEEEP competition focuses on energy, engineering and the environment with the goal of advancing the awareness of sustainability. It is the largest science fair of its kind.
Marino will join nearly 400 top-ranking student researchers from more than 70 countries who will present their research and compete for thousands of dollars worth of awards.
Marino's fieldwork with honeybees has been well-received in entomology circles as well as high school science competitions. Her research on the control of the parasitic varroa mites in bee colonies, which she has been conducting at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills over the past two summers, also earned her a second-place medal in the animal science category at this year’s WESEF. She was recently accepted at Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, where she will continue her research on bees in one of the top-ranked and most highly regarded entomology departments in the country. Marino, the first student to complete all three years of Westlake's science research course, was also the recipient of the 2014 Acorda Scientific Excellence Award, given to high school students engaged in exceptional scientific research, and was tapped by the American Association of University Women for its annual Explore Your Opportunities Conference at the College of Mount St. Vincent in Riverdale. The conference is open to seventh-grade girls to increase their interest in math and science.