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Local Boy Makes Good! CSCI Major Wins First Prize in CUNY's 2011 Nobel Science Challenge.

Raymond Zhou, Junior and CSCI major was awarded first prize in the CUNY-wide Nobel Science Challenge.

A Near-Clean Sweep for Hunter In CUNY Science Competition

Five Hunter students have done themselves and the college proud in a CUNY-wide competition – and three of the five are in line for a grand prize of $3,000.

The Hunter students took top honors in the 2010 CUNY Nobel Science Challenge. The competition invited CUNY undergraduates to write essays of 1,000 to 1,500 words describing the scientific concepts underlying the 2010 Nobel Prizes in four categories – chemistry, economics, physics and physiology-medicine. The results were nearly a cleansweep for Hunter – first place in the three of the four categories and two second places.

The first-place winners will receive iMac computers and qualify for the grand prize of $3,000 that will be awarded by a special committee on Feb. 24. The second-place finishers will receive iPads. The students were:

Raymond Zhou, first place, chemistry.  Download Essay.
Joshua Bloom, second place, chemistry.
Joshua Felipe, first place, economics.
Laura Sermasan, first place, physics.
Varkey Mathew, second place, physics.

Zhou is a junior majoring in computer science. Bloom is in his fifth year working on a BA/MA in chemistry and adolescent education. Felipe is a senior majoring in economics and minoring in math. Sermasan is a senior majoring in chemistry and education. Mathew is a freshman and has not yet chosen a major.