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Winners Announced for Junior Science & Humanities Symposium Held at LSU

02/20/2014 02:56 PM

BATON ROUGE - LSU Continuing Education has announced the winners of the 40th annual Louisiana Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, or JSHS, held Jan. 17-18 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.

Nicholas Larsen, of Caddo Magnet High School in Shreveport, was awarded first place for his project, “Exit Velocity of a Sphere Falling in Narrow Tubes.”

Cole Evensky, also of Caddo High, won second place for his project, “The Effect of HPV16 on Host Cell Interactions with the Stromal Microenvironment.”

Third place went to Neil Nathan, also of Caddo High, for his project, “A Prospective Study of Logarithmic Spirals and Hurricanes.”

Larsen and Evensky will represent Louisiana and present at the National JSHS event April 23-27, in Washington, D.C. Nathan will take part in a poster presentation at the national JSHS with 48 other students from across the country. All three earned scholarship awards for their presentations at Louisiana JSHS.

Venkatesh Sivaraman and Morni Modi also earned all-expense paid trips to the national JSHS event as observers.

This year’s JSHS keynote addresses were delivered by Wayne Newhauser and Richard Truman. Newhauser directs LSU’s medical physics program and is chief of physics at the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. He spoke about professional careers in medical physics.

Truman is acting chief of the laboratory branch of the National Hansen’s Disease Program. His speech was titled, “Armadillos and the Epidemiology of Leprosy.”

At the JSHS, students present their projects and results to a panel of expert judges, who ask the students questions about their research and methods. This year’s panel included Vince LiCata and Karen Sullivan, both from LSU’s Department of Biological Sciences; Syam Dolda of LSU’s Department of Environmental and Soil Sciences; and Linda Adams and Daniel Hayes of LSU’s National Hansen’s Disease Program.

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium 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.

Forty-eight regional symposia are affiliated with the JSHS program, which reach more than 10,000 high school students and teachers throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, and in the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, Europe and Pacific Rim regions.

For more information on JSHS, contact Shannon Carlson, Regional Director at 225-578-6672 or  

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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