Valley Stream South High School student Ibrahim Qadri earned a top prize at the 2023 International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Dallas,Texas. Ibrahim competed against 55 other student researchers to receive the third-place award in the animal sciences category. The award comes with a $1,000 prize.
Ibrahim’s strong showing at ISEF came after he earned first place in the animal sciences category at the regional Long Island Science and Engineering Fair in March. He was also a semifinalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, and is the South High School Class of 2023 salutatorian.
Ibrahim’s project, The Ability of Vitamin E To Improve the Reproduction and Metabolic Respiration of Nicotine-Induced D. Melanogaster, looked into the ways vitamin E might lessen the effects of nicotine on the body’s respiratory and reproductive systems. His experiments involved exposing flies to nicotine and vitamin E and studying the effects on the flies’ offspring. The research could have significant implications for pregnant women exposed to nicotine, as well as individual consumers of nicotine products looking to improve their respiratory and reproductive health.