Noah Nager ‘23

Noah’s work was the development of a model relating West Nile Virus incidence and types of land cover around the Gulf Coast. His model can be applied as an early warning system for public health officials when determining whether or not to undertake land development projects.

Why did you pursue this project?
Outside of my science research project, I spend most of my time fencing at my club in New York City and competing in tournaments around the country. I have been fencing since I was 8 years old. One of my favorite pastimes is playing with my dog Apollo, who is an American Eskimo Dog. Our favorite game to play together is soccer. With my mom, my dad, and my sister, I enjoy watching movies and traveling. In fact, my current independent science research project was inspired by one of the trips my family took to the Philippines.

I’m half-Filipino, and in the Philippines, vector-borne diseases (diseases spread by animals such as mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas) pose a serious problem to public health. I am also fascinated by math’s application to real-world issues and by math’s ability to model everything from economics to diseases and to make predictions into the future. As such, I combined his dual interests in math and in vector-borne diseases into a research project that focused on the forecasting of vector-borne diseases using mathematical models. My project specifically is using land cover statistics to develop a model that projects West Nile Virus incidence around the Gulf Coast far out into the future.

Westchester Science and Engineering Fair 2022:
International GENIUS Olympiad Award
Second Place in Category

New York State Science and Engineering Fair 2022:
Best in Fair
Mu Alpha Theta Award
Regeneron Biomedical Science Award

International Science and Engineering Fair 2022 (Upcoming)