Local student and budding scientist Justin Koritzinsky was one of only 19 American students chosen to attend the prestigious summer science program at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, one of the world’s foremost centers of scientific research and graduate study.
college-bound Bethesda resident, graduated from Walt Whitman High School and
applied for the ISSI program under the recommendation of Dr. Miriam
Rafailovich, who he worked under while participating in The Garcia Center’s
Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Stony Brook
four-week, intensive science exploration, affords students the opportunity to
work in small groups with world-renowned scientists and graduate students,
conducting actual, ongoing research. Participants select a subject area
in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics or computer
sciences. Senior Weizmann Institute scientists give supplemental
lectures, and participants are invited to join departmental talks and visit the
campus’s state-of-the-art science facilities.
valuable thing that I learned at the Weizmann this summer was that
groundbreaking discoveries come from research that genuinely interests the
researchers,” he commented about his experience.
Weizmann Institute exposed me to the field of psychophysics, and even more
importantly taught me a new way to approach science--one that is more
collaborative and open-minded,” Justin added.
“The Weizmann Institute is a place of curiosity-driven scientific
innovation, where everyone’s opinion is valued, whether they be tenured
professors, post-docs, graduate students or rising university students such as
myself. I never imagined how close I could become with so many people in just