LI Sound Kid Scientist Finds Shelter in Science

Science News for Kids: Most people think about mussels only when considering whether to order them from a menu. But for Samantha Garvey, an 18-year-old high school senior from Brentwood, New York, studying mussels in their marine habitat is a passion. And it turns out her excitement about science is her lucky charm.

In 2011, Garvey studied how mussels living in Long Island Sound’s salt marshes protect themselves from predatory crabs. In January, this research won Garvey—at the time homeless—a semifinalist spot in the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search, or Intel STS. Society for Science & the Public, publisher of Science News for Kids, runs the annual competition.

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