Southampton High School senior Manijeh Azmoodeh, pictured with her mentor, Stephen Dewey, a chemist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, has won the First Place Navy/Marine Corps Distinguished Achievement Award for her research at Brookhaven Lab. Under Dr. Dewey's supervision beginning in early 1997, she performed experiments on rodents to study the effectiveness of a drug called L-Deprenyl to treat cocaine addiction. She continued her research as a participant in Brookhaven's Community Summer Science Program, a lecture and hands-on learning program for interested students who are entering or just completing their senior year, and she worked on her project independently for several months afterwards, under Dr. Dewey's guidance. She has been invited to report her findings at the annual meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, and her scientific paper will be published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. She entered her project in the Long Island Science & Engineering Fair at Polytechnic University, where she won a certificate and a graphing calculator from the Navy/Marine Corps. She also has a chance of winning a scholarship, if she is chosen to enter a regional contest sponsored by the Department of the Navy.
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