Winners Announced from 2012 Louisiana Region VII Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair

02/17/2012 01:40 PM

BATON ROUGE – High school and middle school students from around the area gathered Tuesday and Wednesday to compete in the Region VII Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair, held in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom at the LSU Student Union.


More than 300 students from grades 6-12 representing 35 schools participated in this year’s fair and competed for scholarships, savings bonds and other awards. Students who won first, second and third place in their categories were also invited to compete at the Louisiana State Science and Engineering Fair, held next month.   


Overall winners in the junior division, grades 6-8, were Samhita Rao and Anna Jang of Glasgow Middle School in Baton Rouge. Rao took first place with her project, “Less Tension, More Oil?” Jang placed second with her project, “MSG without MSG?” and also won a special award from the U.S. Air Force.


Overall winners in the senior division, grades 9-12, were Marianne Konikoff and Allie Young, both of St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge. Konikoff won first prize with her project, “Molecular Hydrogen and Far-Ultraviolet Extinction Due to Dust.” Young placed second with her project, “A Comparison of Analytical Methodologies for the Determination of Sulfur Dioxide Levels in Bleached, Wooden Chopsticks,” and.also won a special award from the U.S. Metric Association.


Glasgow Middle School and St. Joseph’s Academy were awarded Top School Awards based on the number of first-, second- and third-place category awards received by students at each participating school.


The Region VII Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair was hosted by LSU and LSU Continuing Education. Region VII consists of students from several surrounding parishes including East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, East Feliciana, St. Tammany and West Feliciana.


Students brought their projects to be judged by LSU faculty members and experts from the Baton Rouge community. Students were interviewed about their projects by judges with expertise in the area of the student’s research. Judging was conducted in 16 categories for each division, plus a team category. The event ended with an award ceremony honoring the winners.


“The Science and Engineering Fair programs are part of LSU’s service to the state of Louisiana,” said Douglas Weimer, Executive Director of LSU Continuing Education. “By coordinating these events, Continuing Education is supporting the University’s effort to attract the best and brightest students.”


The Louisiana State Science and Engineering Fair will be held March 25-27 at LSU. The state fair is comprised of participants from all over the state and winners from regional fairs can compete in the Louisiana statewide science and engineering fair.


Complete results for each category and further information about the Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair can be found on LSU Continuing Education’s webpage


LSU Continuing Education acts as a leading university provider of educational outreach and engagement to help people achieve their goals and improve their quality of life, their organizations and their communities. Visit for more information.

Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012