Louisiana Student Scientists Compete at Louisiana Science & Engineering Fair

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The top winners in the senior division, grades 9-12, were Anna Koonce of St. Joseph's Academy and Anusha Zaman of Baton Rouge Magnet High. Photo: LSU Continuing Educaiton

BATON ROUGE – More than 570 middle and high school students participated in the 2017 Louisiana Science & Engineering Fair, or LSEF, held March 21-22, at LSU’s Student Union.

Winners in the junior division, grades 6-8, were Abhirami Jeyaseelan and Reilly Fastring. Jeyaseelan won first place for her project, “Hidden Dangers of Second-Hand Smoke.” Fastring won second place with his project, “Drop It Like It’s Hot.” Jeyaseelan attends Glasgow Middle School in Baton Rouge, and Fastring attends Little Oak Middle School in Slidell.

The top winners in the senior division, grades 9-12, were Anna Koonce and Anusha Zaman. Koonce, who attends St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge, was awarded first place for her project, “The Effect of Sodium Chloride on Hybrid Taxodium Selections.” Zaman placed second for her project, “Epigenetic and Biotransformation Effects of Hookah Smoke on Human Oral Keratinocytes.” Zaman is a student at Baton Rouge Magnet High School.

LSEF will support five projects to travel to Los Angeles for the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair, May 14-19. In addition, seven ISEF affiliated Louisiana regions will send additional projects to the international competition, for a total of 21 Louisiana representatives.

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 in Baton Rouge.

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Winners in the junior division, grades 6-8, were Abhirami Jeyaseelan of Glasgow Middle School and Reilly Fastring of Little Oak Middle School. Photo: LSU Continuing Educaiton

The Louisiana Science & Engineering Fair consists of students from middle and high schools in 12 regions, representing all parts of the state. Students qualify to participate in the statewide competition by earning top awards in school-level and regional fairs.

LSEF projects are entered in one of 22 categories, and the quality of the research is evaluated by qualified scientists and professionals from around the state, including LSU faculty members. First place through fourth place awards are made in each category, and then the first place winners are ranked again to determine the top two projects. Students also compete for special awards given by professional organizations and honor societies. For a complete list of category winners and special award winners, visit LSU Continuing Education’s website at www.outreach.lsu.edu/lsef.

The 2017 Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair was sponsored by LSU Continuing Education, the Gulf South Rotating Machinery Symposium, LSU College of Engineering, LSU College of Science, LSU College of Agriculture, Celtic Marine Corporation, the Baton Rouge Bone & Joint Clinic, Britton Sanderford and the David Luo Family.

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