Congratulations to Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls Junior Priva Halpert on winning third place in Chemistry in the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium held at York College on Sunday, February 9.

In Priva’s freshman year, she participated in SKA’s exceptional program, MAGIC, a science 1:1 mentoring program offering students the opportunity to learn from women who are distinguished in STEM fields. Working with Dr. Mindy Levine, an SKA graduate (’00) and professor of Chemistry at the University of Rhode Island, and then at Ariel University in Israel, Priva’s project utilized advanced chemistry research. Entitled “An Investigation into Potential Colorimetric Detection Methods of Aliphatic Alcohols in 2-HP-β-CD Solutions,” Priva’s work developed a new method of alcohol detection using color changes.

For the last two years, Priva worked on this project in her home and, with the encouragement of her SKA mentor, Dr. David Friedman, and SKA Science Department Chair, Dr. Chana Glatt, submitted the results of her original research efforts to the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, winning Third Place in Chemistry!