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Gostomski advances to Internt'l Science Fair

Special to the Courier

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Samuel Gostomski will compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair with his research on bees and a treatment for the mites that contribute to colony collapse disorder.

Samuel Gostomski, a senior at Bandera High School and Bandera County 4-H Member, has qualified for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). He placed Second Grand Overall in Life Sciences at the Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair (ARASE).
In addition to qualifying for Intel ISEF, Gostomski also qualified for the Texas Science and Engineering Fair and won $72,000 in scholarships.
Gostomski's research is on the effectiveness of microencapsulated Thymol on Varroa mites (Varroa destructor) within honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies. He completed the research as an intern at the Bee Creek Ranch Apiary in Pipe Creek under the mentorship of Joseph Burke.
Varroas pose a significant risk to honey bee populations in the United States and are the suspected leading cause of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).
Gostomski developed his research project after interning at Southwest Research Institute and receiving a bee hive scholarship from the Alamo Area Beekeepers Association.
Gostomski and seven other students from the San Antonio Area will represent South Texas at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on May 9-15. Gostomski is the first student from Bandera High School to advance to the International Science Fair.
To date, Gostomski has won a National FFA Championship in Agriscience Research, $85,000 in scholarships, numerous special awards from organizations and industry for his work on drought and honey bee research. He has also been named a Norman Borlaug Scholar.
Gostomski plans to attend Cornell University in New York in the fall and major in applied economics and management.
He is the son of Pete and Katie Gostomski of Pipe Creek.
Intel ISEF is the world largest international pre-college science competition, bringing together more than 1,500 students from 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase independent research projects and compete for over $5 million in prizes. Intel ISEF unites these top young scientific minds, showcasing their talents on an international stage, where doctoral level scientists review and judge their work.