April 17, 2007
science contest pays off for student, 18
By Paul M.
Copley News Service
Local high school senior Sarah Silverstein won a $20,000
scholarship yesterday in the nation's capital after finishing in
the top six of a national science competition.
It “was kind
of a shock – a really nice one,” she said shortly after winning
the award for research on stress faced by dental school students.
Silverstein, 18, attends Patrick Henry High School in San Diego.
was among 717 submitted in the Young Epidemiology Scholars
periodontist's daughter who plans to go to dental school,
Silverstein finished in the top six after undergoing intensive
questioning about her paper from two panels of epidemiologist
judges over the weekend.
Silverstein's research showed that not only do dental students
experience stress, but that it worsenes during training and has a
detrimental effect on their academic performance and health.
Tsukamaki, director of national recognition and scholarship
programs for the College Board, which administers the contest,
called Silverstein's achievement “just phenomenal.”