Two Stuyvesant High School students were among the honorees Friday at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh.
Brooklyn's Mimi Yen was awarded for isolating a gene in a worm, while Staten Island's Angela (Huihui) Fan was rewarded for her study of plant root development.
"I think the entire experience was incredibly amazing," Yen said. "I didn't actually expect it to be this big. I met a lot of people from all over the world. The best part of this experience was actually the people."
"It feels amazing," Fan said. "I don't think I could have done it without everyone else's support. There are so many people you need to thank in science."
The competition's top prize went to a 15-year-old high schooler from Maryland, who won $75,000 for coming up with a screening method for early stage pancreatic cancer.
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