Winners Announced for 2013 Louisiana Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

02/04/2013 04:01 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU Continuing Education has announced the winners of the 39th annual Louisiana Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, or JSHS, held Jan. 18-19 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, “Cool Core Bias in Sunyaev-Zel’dovich Galaxy Cluster Surveys.”

Joan Liu, also of Caddo, won second place for her project, “Sensitizing the Therapeutic Efficacy of Taxol with Shikonin by Targeting Oncometabolite PMK2 in Human Breast Cancer Cells.” 

Third place went to Marianne Kornikoff of St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge for her project, “Molecular Hydrogen and Far-Ultraviolet Extinction Due to Dust.”

The three students won expense-paid trips to the 51st Annual National JSHS, to be held in Dayton, OH on May 1-5 and hosted by the U.S. Air Force. They are invited to present their projects and compete with more than 240 other top student researchers for undergraduate scholarships totaling $24,000. Christine Hennigan of Captain Shreve High School in Shreveport and Sarah Brantley of Airline High School in Bossier City also won expense-paid trips to the national competition.

“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.
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

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.

Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013