On February 28, 2015, Dowling faculty member Dr. Alex Smirnov (Earth and Marine Science) attended the Regional Science Olympiad Competition at Candlewood Middle School in Dix Hills. Dr. Smirnov is a member of the Islip Middle School EXCEL team where he has been mentoring students to prepare for this rigorous competition since the early Fall. Will Crispino, a Dowling undergraduate student majoring in Earth Science Secondary Education also volunteered to help students prepare for the Dynamic Planet event. The Science Olympiad Regional Competition had students compete in 17 events. The evenings and weekends of training paid off, as the EXCEL team medaled in 9 events, finished 3rd out of 33 teams, and qualified for the State Science Olympiad competition in Syracuse on April 17-18.