Louisiana Students Excel at State Science and Engineering Fair

03/28/2013 02:59 PM

BATON ROUGE – Nearly 500 middle and high school students from throughout the state competed in the Louisiana State Science and Engineering Fair on March 26-27. Students presented their projects at LSU for awards and invitations to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Ariz.

Overall winners in the senior division, grades 9-12, were Marianne Konikoff and the team of Lauren Dartez and Addison Hollis. Konikoff, who attends St. Joseph’s Academy, won first place for her project, “Molecular Hydrogen and Far-Ultraviolet Extinction Due to Dust: A Two-Year Study.”

Dartez and Hollis, who also attend St. Joseph’s Academy, placed second for their project, “Does Iron Affect the Efficiency of the Antibiotics Amoxicillin and Doxycycline?”

Overall winners in the junior division, grades 6-8, were Anugrah Jeyaseelan and Nicholas Foster. Jeyaseelan, of Glasgow Middle School, was awarded first place for his project, “Antibiotics: Natural vs. Pharmaceutical.” Foster, of Boyet Junior High School in Slidell, placed second overall for his project, “What’s In Your Wallet? It Could Be Drugs!”

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. Approximately 27 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 Phoenix.”

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.

The Louisiana State Science and Engineering Fair was sponsored by Gulf South Rotating Machinery Symposium, Bone and Joint Clinic of Baton Rouge, LSU College of Science, LSU College of Engineering and Louisiana State Medical Society.

For more information on the Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair, visit www.outreach.lsu.edu/LSEF.

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 www.outreach.lsu.edu for more information. Follow LSU Continuing Education on Twitter and Facebook.

Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013