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LSU Continuing Education Hosts 2012 Louisiana Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

01/23/2012 02:09 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU Continuing Education has announced the winners of the 38th annual Louisiana Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, or JSHS, held Jan. 13-15 at LSU. The program invited 28 high school students, nominated from throughout the state, to make formal presentations of their original research projects in science, math or engineering before a panel of judges.


Henry Lin of Caddo Magnet High School in Shreveport was awarded first place and a $2,000 JSHS scholarship for his project “A Generalized Holographic Model of Cosmic Accelerated Expansion.”


Eleni Mijalis, also of Caddo Magnet, was awarded second place and a $1,500 JSHS scholarship for her project “H2S as a Novel Therapeutic to Inhibit Autoreactive T-cell Insulitis during Type I Diabetes.”


Lin and Mijalis won expense-paid trips to the 50th Annual National JSHS, to be held in Bethesda, Md., on May 2-6. They are invited to present their projects and compete with more than 200 other top student researchers for undergraduate scholarships totaling $24,000.


Sean Nathan of Caddo Magnet High School was awarded third place and a $1,000 JSHS scholarship for his project “Does Epstein-Barr Virus Play a Role in the Epidemic of Human Papilloma Virus Associated Head and Neck Cancers?”


Other winners included Keri Jankowski of Loyola College Preparatory, Taylor Whitaker of C.E. Byrd High School, both of which are also in Shreveport, and Rithika Thirumal of Ovey Comeaux High School in Lafayette.


“This year’s regional JSHS competition included some of Louisiana’s brightest young minds,” said Doug Weimer, executive director of LSU Continuing Education. “LSU has participated in the symposium for more than 30 years and it is phenomenal to see the academic achievements from these Louisiana high school students every year.”


The JSHS Program is jointly sponsored by the United States departments of the Army, Navy and Air Force, in cooperation with leading research universities throughout the nation.
The 48 regional symposia are affiliated with the JSHS program, which reaches more than 10,000 high school students and teachers throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and in the Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Europe and the Pacific Rim regions.


For more information on JSHS, contact Shannon Carlson, regional director at 225-578-6672 or


The JSHS is coordinated by LSU Continuing Education. LSU Continuing Education is a leading university provider of educational outreach and engagement, helping people achieve their goals and improve their quality of life, their organizations and their communities. Visit for more information. Follow LSU Continuing Education on Twitter @LSUCE.

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