Local Students Successful at Region VII Science and Engineering Fair

Science Fair winnersBATON ROUGE – More than 300 middle and high school students participated in the 2017 Region VII Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair, held at LSU. Students displayed projects in the LSU Student Union Royal Cotillion Ballroom on Jan. 24-25 to compete for category honors and special awards.

Overall winners in the junior division, grades 6-8, were Jay M. Iyer and Abhirami Jeyaseelan. Iyer won first place for his project, “Antibacterial Effect of Honey on Pathogenic Biofilms Using Microwell Plate Formation Assay.” Jeyaseelan won second place with her project, “Hidden Dangers of Second Hand Smoke.” Iyer and Jeyaseelan both attend Glasgow Middle School.

The overall winners in the senior division, grades 9-12, were Anna Koonce and the team of Meredith Guidry and Madison Hasenkampf. Koonce was awarded first place for her plant science project, “The Effect of Sodium Chloride on Hybrid Taxodium Selections.” Guidry and Hasenkampf placed second for their material science project, “On the Glow: Assessing the Luminosity, Reflectivity, and Durability of Strontium Aluminate Applied to Road Striping.” Koonce, Guidry and Hasenkampf are students at St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge. The overall winners, along with Anusha Zaman of Baton Rouge Magnet High School, will represent Region VII at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held May 14-19 in Los Angeles, Calf.

Top school awards were given based on cumulative project scores. St. Joseph’s Academy earned the top school award for the senior division, and Glasgow Middle School won the top school award for the junior division. Both schools are located in Baton Rouge.

The Region VII Science and Engineering Fair consisted of students from middle and high schools in seven parishes including Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Point Coupee, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.

Several top winners in the junior and senior divisions from the Region VII fair will compete in the 63rd Annual Louisiana State Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held March 20-22 at LSU. For a complete list of category winners and special award winners, visit LSU Continuing Education’s website at www.outreach.lsu.edu/lsef.

The Region VII Science and Engineering Fair was sponsored by LSU Continuing Education, Gulf South Rotating Machinery Symposium, LSU College of Engineering, LSU College of Science, Baton Rouge Bone & Joint Clinic, Celtic Marine Corporation, LSEF Alum David Hou & Family and H. Britton Sanderford, Jr.

For more information on the Louisiana Science and Engineering fairs, visit LSU Continuing Education at www.outreach.lsu.edu/ScienceFair.

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