RIVERDALE, NY, August 4, 2010 -- Local student and budding scientist Daniel Chamudot is one of only 19 American students who has just returned from a prestigious summer science program at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, one of the world’s foremost centers of scientific research and graduate study.
Daniel, a college-bound Riverdale resident, attended the 42nd annual Dr. Bessie Lawrence International Summer Science Institute (ISSI) to pursue his passion for scientific research. He hopes that his experience this summer will bring him closer to his future goal of a career in science.
ISSI, a four-week, intensive science exploration, affords students the opportunity to work in small groups with world-renowned scientists and graduate students, conducting actual, ongoing research. Participants select a subject area in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics or computer sciences. Senior Weizmann Institute scientists give supplemental lectures, and participants are invited to join departmental talks and visit the campus’s state-of-the-art science facilities.
In his freshman year of high school Daniel was able to volunteer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Hospital in Manhattan, where he did research on MRIs and image processing for the following three years. When he heard about the ISSI program from his teachers, he was excited to find a post-high school research program which included students from different countries. Daniel attended SAR High School in Riverdale, New York.