Cristina Sorrento, a graduate of the LVHS Class of 2010, has been selected at Columbia University as a Science Research Fellow, in recognition of her talent and accomplishments in science and mathematics. Cristina has been identified as one of the top science students in the Class of 2014 at Columbia University.  It is expected that only ten out of the 1,100 members of Columbia University’s Class of 2014 will be honored as Science Research Fellows.

Becoming a Science Research Fellow guarantees Cristina a funded summer research fellowship in the laboratory of a Columbia science faculty member following her freshman year at Columbia, including both a monetary stipend and on-campus housing. Additionally, Cristina will have the opportunity to participate in a first-year science research seminar led by renowned science faculty members as well as receiving special access to the most elite research and fellowship opportunities.

 Cristina will now be affiliated with the Columbia Undergraduate Scholars Program (CUSP), which consists of a variety of activities in which scholars bond with one another; socialize with other scholar communities; host faculty, alumni and other guests; and explore the remarkable resources of Columbia and New York City. She will be the recipient of specialized advising from a designated science advisor in CUSP.

At Locust Valley High School, Cristina was a semifinalist in both the Intel and Siemens Talent Search Competitions, was in the top 15 in the Class of 2010, and was a member of the National Honor Society, National Foreign Language Honor Society, and the New York State Science Honor Society. She aspires to be a surgeon and one day serve with Doctors Without Borders, combining her sensitivity for those less fortunate with her love for cultural immersion.

Locust Valley High School Science Research Teacher, Christopher Hoppner said Cristina is extremely deserving of  such an honor. “This recognition is really not a surprise to me, considering the caliber of student that she is, and her hard work ethic.”

Cristina sent a message to Locust Valley students encouraging them to strive for the top. “Good luck and everything that has happened to me can happen to them too,” she said.

Congratulations to Cristina and her family on this remarkable achievement!