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MNHS Sophomore Attends 2024 International Science and Engineering Fair

Jophy LinJophy Lin, a sophomore in the Science & Engineering Magnet Program at Manalapan High School, recently participated as a finalist in the world’s largest pre-college STEM competition, the 2024 International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles, California on a fully-funded seven-day trip. She was one of approximately 1,700 finalists selected from regional and state fairs with acceptance rates typically between 2-5%.

Before ISEF, Jophy competed in the Computer Science category at the regional Jersey Shore Science Fair (JSSF) and the tri-state Delaware Valley Science Fair (DVSF), which serves participants from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Winning first place at both fairs, her performance at DVSF earned her one of the 12 medals distributed among over 1,000 competitors, securing her spot at ISEF. Additionally, she received an honorable mention award from Johnson & Johnson for Excellence in Cardiovascular and Metabolism Research.

Jophy’s research focused on developing an uncertainty estimation mechanism for detecting diabetic retinopathy, with its application extendable to other disease diagnoses. As a first-generation college student, Jophy's venture into high-level research was driven by self-learning and extensive dedication, teaching her the value of persistence and opening numerous opportunities for her.

At ISEF, Jophy not only interacted with some of the brightest high school researchers and influential figures worldwide but also was selected as one of eight finalists to ask a question during the ISEF’s Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Impact panel.

Beyond science fairs, Jophy’s work has garnered national and statewide recognition. She was named one of New Jersey’s top 5 finalists in the National STEM Challenge, supported by EXPLR and the US Department of Education under the Biden-Harris Administration, from more than 2,500 submissions. Her work also led to her acceptance into the CURIE Academy at Cornell University, a selective program admitting fewer than 50 high-achieving female students nationally, where she will conduct research in the Internet of Things (IoT) and plant programming under university faculty guidance. 

Jophy encourages others to participate in research or pursue rewarding activities they are passionate about. She is grateful to all her teachers and faculty at Manalapan High School who have supported her throughout her journey. Their guidance and encouragement have been pivotal in her pursuit of scientific exploration and success.