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Top U.S. STEM Students Win Scholarships and Prizes at 60th Annual National Young Scientists and Humanities Symposium

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS), the leading showcase for high school student science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) research, is pleased to announce the 2022 winners of the 60and National JSHS Competition.

The tri-service-sponsored event – the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force Departments – took place last week and was hosted by Kirtland Air Force Base and administered by the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA). The first national in-person event since 2019 brought together 224 high school students and approximately 130 teachers, mentors, college professors, military personnel and more to compete and celebrate student achievement in science.

“Returning to an in-person event for the first time since 2019 was rewarding not only for our national finalists, but for all of the mentors, teachers, military and staff in attendance,” says Andrea Malenya, Project Manager, JSHS. “We were blown away by the insightful and innovative projects carried out by these students. Their professionalism and maturity in contributing to the greater body of scientific knowledge was a privilege to behold.

48 national winners – announced at the April 23 awards ceremony – presented their original scientific research for the first time in one of 49 regional competitions hosted by universities and colleges across the United States, from Porto Rico and Department of Defense (DoD) schools in Europe and the Pacific. The top five students from each region were invited to participate in the JSHS National Event as National Finalists. The top two finalists from each region participated in oral presentations for the chance to win scholarships ranging from $4,000 to $12,000. The other three finalists from each region entered the poster contest for a chance to win cash prizes. In addition to presenting their original research, students participated in lab tours, social events, and a careers and inside-out science fair.

“It’s exciting to see these high school students working at such a sophisticated level, connecting what they learned in their STEM courses to uncover new discoveries,” said Erika Shugart, Ph.D., executive director, NSTA . “We congratulate the finalists and national winners for their impressive achievements, and we congratulate the teachers and mentors who have supported them throughout the process. »

1st Place oral presentations: win $12,000 scholarships

Environmental Sciences

Olivia Pollock, New York – Upstate, Pelham Memorial High School

Development and evaluation of water-soluble bioplastics based on fucose

biomedical sciences

Okezue Bell, Philadelphia, Moravian Academy

A new anthropomorphic myoprosthesis for transradial amputees

Life sciences

Rohak Jain, Washington, Interlake High School

Elucidating the mechanisms of drug-induced hearing loss: characterization of interferon gamma signaling as a novel regulator of inflammation and hair cell regeneration in zebrafish

Medicine and Health/Behavioral Sciences

Rishab Jain, Oregon, Westview High School

SarcoSeg: a convolutional neural network-based sarcopenia analysis system via automatic segmentation of skeletal muscle and adipose tissue in cervical computed tomography towards precision medicine applications

Engineering and technology

Nidhi Mathihalli, Northern California and Western Nevada, Saratoga High School

A physical device to help the visually impaired read money using AI/machine learning in third world countries

Mathematics and computer science

Ryan Park, Jersey Shore, Millburn High School

ARIEL: Adversarial Neural Evolution for Unified Variant Prediction and Proactive Therapeutic Design

Physical science

Ashini Modi, Louisiana, Caddo Parish Magnet High School

Modeling of the atmospheric evolution of exoplanets in the habitable zone of M dwarfs

Chemistry

Marianne Liu, Intermountain, West High School

A new experimental-computational approach for the advanced design of solid polymer electrolytes

2n/a Placing oral presentations: win $8,000 scholarships

Environmental Sciences

Mithra Karamchedu, Oregon, Jesuit High School

Detecting Debris-Covered Glacier Boundaries Using Fractal Analysis and Standardized Differentiation of Thermal and Infrared Bands in Remotely Sensed Landsat Datasets

biomedical sciences

Vishruth Hanumaihgari, Pennsylvania, Parkland High School

The effects of a new CRISPR-Cas9 system on human cancer cells

Life sciences

Amara Orth, Iowa, Lewis Central High

Secret Sounds of Bees: Analyzing Bee Vibroacoustics Using Hidden Markov Models

Medicine and Health/Behavioral Sciences

Alexandra Heironimus, Kentucky, Manuel duPont High School

COPD detection algorithm for use with stethoscopes

Engineering and technology

Michelle Wang, Illinois, Carbondale Community High School

An autonomous drone with object detection and tracking capabilities

Mathematics and computer science

Michelle Hua, Southeast Michigan, Cranbrook Schools

Self-supervised neural network based on geometric coherence: a new deep learning framework for the reconstruction of human shapes and movements in 3D

Physical science

Mihai Crisan, Ohio, Arlington Senior High School

Development of a generic nanophotonic processor using programmable photonic integrated circuits (PPIC)

Chemistry

Sohi Patel, Texas Academy of Science and Technology

Scalable and sustainable synthesis of a new biobased polyurethane foam system incorporating by-products and industrial waste

3rd Place oral presentations: win scholarships of $4,000

Environmental Sciences

Samantha Chavira-Prieto, Kansas-Nebraska-Oklahoma, Northeast Lyons-Decatur

Surface biofilm and spectral analyzes of eight common plastic materials exposed to different environmental conditions using basic spectrophotometry and advanced microscopy

biomedical sciences

Christopher Luisi, New York – Long Island, John F. Kennedy High School

How Food Restriction Affects Drosophilia melanogaster’s Athletics, Metabolic Rate, and Lifespan

Life sciences

Liualevaiosina Le’iato, Hawaii, Tafuna High School

Glue vs Regular: Determining Which Cement Mix Is Best for Coral Restoration

Medicine and Health/Behavioral Sciences

Eileen Chen, South Carolina, Spring Valley High School

Discovery of potential SARS-CoV-2 main protease inhibitor compounds from medicinal plants

Engineering and technology

Kevin Taylor, New York – Long Island Area, Paul D. Schreiber High School

Create a “Third Eye” for the Visually Impaired with Object Classification

Mathematics and computer science

Shobhit Agarwal, Texas, Reedy High School

OmniDoc: a multimodal quantum machine learning approach for the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment prediction of neurodegenerative and cancerous diseases

Physical science

Sebastian Mengwell, Connecticut, Darien High School

Cloud Identification in Mars Daily Global Maps with Deep Learning

Chemistry

Yumi Mizobuchi, Hawaii, ‘Iolani School

A sustainable alternative to textile dyes: synthesizing and applying PMMA nanoparticles to create structural coloring

1st Place poster presentations

Environmental Sciences

Aryan Jain, Virtual, Amador Valley High School

biomedical sciences

George Cheng, North Carolina, Green Level High School

Life sciences

Darsh Mandera, Oregon, Jesuit High School

Medicine and Health/Behavioral Sciences

Sidhya Peddinti, Texas, Plano East High School

Engineering and technology

Prisha Shroff, Arizona, Hamilton High School

Mathematics and computer science

Srilekha Mamidala, Philadelphia, Garnet Valley High School

Physical science

Christine Ye, Washington, Eastlake High School

Chemistry

Cathy Tang, South Carolina, Spring Valley High School

2n/a Place poster presentations

Environmental Sciences

Talia Smith, New England Southern, Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

biomedical sciences

Cameron Sharma, Virginia, Mills E. Godwin High School

Life sciences

Carlos Ochoa-Marquez, Southwest, Monte Vista High School

Medicine and Health/Behavioral Sciences

Maya Chiravuri, Connecticut, Choate Rosemary Halls

Engineering and technology

Efe Eroz, Maryland, Montgomery Blair High School

Mathematics and computer science

Keira Talty, New York – Long Island, Mineola High School

Physical science

Meenakshi Nair, Northern California and Western Nevada, Mission San Jose High School

Chemistry

Isabell Owens, Missouri, Camdenton High School

3rd Place poster presentations

Environmental Sciences

Sriya Teerdhala, Texas, Plano East High School

biomedical sciences

Jasmyn Hoeger, Iowa, Beckman Catholic High School

Life sciences

Kaitlyn Culbert, New Jersey – Rutgers, Toms River High School North

Medicine and Health/Behavioral Sciences

Alan Ma, Oregon, Jesuit High School

Engineering and technology

Charlotte Michaluk, New Jersey – Rutgers, Hopewell Valley Central High School

Mathematics and computer science

Amy Dong, Ill., Hinsdale Central High School

Physical science

Rafe Abdulali, New York – Subway, The Packer Collegiate Institute

Chemistry

Roxsonna Janiszewski, Pennsylvania, Muhlenberg High School

Honorable mention, poster presentations:

Environmental Sciences

Lauren Ejiaga, Louisiana, Benjamin Franklin High School

biomedical sciences

Jack Mongan, New York – Upstate, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Senior High School

Life sciences

Thomas Commander, Florida, Jacksonville Episcopal School

Medicine and Health/Behavioral Sciences

Ayush Raj, Northern California and Western Nevada, Saint Francis High School

Engineering and technology

Jonathan Gutknecht, Georgia, The Gwinett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology

Mathematics and computer science

Laasya Acharya, Ohio, William Mason High School

Physical science

Ourania-Maria Glezakou-Elbert, Washington, Hanford High School

Chemistry

Shealy Callahan, Illinois – Chicago, Oak Park and River Forest High School

About JSHS: The JSHS (Junior Science and Humanities Symposium) program is a STEM competition sponsored by the United States Army, Navy, and Air Departments that promotes original research and experimentation in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at the secondary level and publicly recognizes students for their outstanding achievements. By connecting talented students, their teachers, and research professionals at affiliated symposia and by rewarding research excellence, JSHS aims to expand the pool of trained talent ready to conduct research and development vital to our nation. . Regional and national JSHS symposia are held during the school year and reach more than 8,000 high school students and teachers across the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense Schools Europe and Pacific. Students must first attend their regional symposium where they compete for selection to present at the national symposium each year. For more information, please visit www.jshs.org.