Maimuna Hossain of Jamaica, a senior at the Brooklyn Latin School, is one of three high school seniors to win a $30,000 college scholarship from the American Museum of Natural History.
She participated in a two-year mentoring program, where she took astrophysics classes and worked with Jeffrey Oishi, a research scientist in the museum’s Department of Astrophysics.
Her research project investigated planet formation, by looking at computer models of the discs around new stars. Hossain found that there is enough kinetic energy (energy of motion) within the discs for dust to accummulate and eventually form new planets.
“It’s interesting because it seems as if we know so much about something as simple as planet formation, but we don’t,” Hossain said.
Hossain will attend Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science in the fall.
— Laura Shepard