Winners Announced from 2012 Louisiana State Science and Engineering Fair
BATON ROUGE – More than 400 middle and high school students from throughout the state competed in the Louisiana State Science and Engineering Fair on March 26-27 at LSU. Students presented their projects at LSU for awards and invitations to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh.
Overall winners in the senior division, grades 9-12, were Christina Collins and Henry W. Lin. Collins, of Caddo Parish Magnet High School in Shreveport, was awarded first place for her project, “The Evaluation of Small Molecule Inhibitors of PKM2, a Downstream Product of mTOR, in Neuroblastoma.” Lin, who also attends Caddo Parish Magnet, placed second for his project, “A Generalized Holographic Model of Cosmic Accelerated Expansion.”
Overall winners in the junior division, grades 6-8, were Emily J. Hart and Samhita D. Rao. Hart, of Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School in Lake Charles, was awarded first place for her project, “Wine for Worms: Investigating the effects of the dietary supplement, resveratrol, on the lifespan of the nematode, C.elegans.” Rao, of Glasgow Middle School in Baton Rouge, placed second for her project, “Less Tension, More Oil?”
St. Joseph’s Academy earned the top school award for the senior division and Glasgow Middle School earned the top school award for the junior division. Top school awards were given to schools with the highest cumulative project scores.
The Louisiana State Science and Engineering Fair will send four students to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh May 13-18. Approximately 24 students from the state and regional fairs will represent Louisiana in the international fair.
“With the help of our sponsors, LSU Continuing Education is pleased to host the state science fair that includes many of Louisiana’s brightest young minds,” said Doug Weimer, executive director of LSU Continuing Education. “Congratulations to all of our winners and good luck to those individuals headed to Pittsburgh.”
The fair was held in the LSU Student Union Royal Cotillion Ballroom where projects were judged by LSU faculty members and experts from throughout the community. Judging was conducted in 16 categories for each division, plus a team category.
For more information on the Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair visit www.outreach.lsu.edu/ScienceFair.
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