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February 24, 2012

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The Academy of Science – St. Louis Presents the Finalists

The Academy of Science - St. Louis has announced the top students who participated in the 2012 Academy of Science -  St. Louis Science Fair - Honors Division on Saturday, February 4, 2012. The top two students will represent St. Louis at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May.  Eight MRH HS students were semi-finalists (see list below)

Over $10,000 in scholarships are awarded to the top 10 students made possible through the generous support of the Monsanto Fund and MEMC. Additionally, all Honors Division Students are invited to bring their project to The Academy of Science - St. Louis Science Fair to compete for additional special Awards in May.

1st Place
Uttara Chakraborty, Junior - Homeschool
Project Title: Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Stack Configuration Optimization using a New Algorithm
Award: $3,000 scholarship

2nd Place
Maheetha Bharadwaj, Senior - Thomas Jefferson High School
Project Title: Utilizing the dgt gene in Escherichia coli to assess the role of dGTP pools in mutagenesis: possible implications for cancer
Award: $2,000 scholarship

3rd Place
David Wang, Junior - Lafayette High School
Project Title: Lung Cancer Metabolism Landscape: Activity Based Systems Biology to Study Cancer Development Mechanism and for Drug Target Identification
Award: $1,000 scholarship

Additionally, all three students will be recognized at the Academy of Science 2012 Outstanding Scientist Awards Dinner which will be held in the Starlight Room of the Chase Park Plaza on April 19, 2012.


Finalists (A-Z order)
All finalists receive a $1,000 scholarship. Additionally, all finalists are invited to bring their project to The Academy of Science - St. Louis Science Fair at Queeny Park to compete for special Awards in May.

Abigail Brooks, Junior - CorJesu Academy
Project Title: Effect of Iron on the Biofuel Content of Brassica rapa

Mrigant Gupta, Senior - Parkway West High School
Project Title: The Effect of Different Types of Separators on Power Produced in a Microbial Fuel Cell with Brewery Wastewater Substrate

Shuyang Li, Senior - Clayton High School
Project Title: The effects of migraine and ataxia mutations on calcium channel trafficking and surface expression

Gloria Maciorowski, Senior - CorJesu Academy
Project Title: Seawater composition: Gulf Shores, AL vs Jacksonville, FL

Megan Popp, Senior - Rockwood Summit High School,
Project Title: The Effects of Enrichment with Respect to the Amur Tigers at the Saint Louis Zoo

Katherine Thomas, Senior - CorJesu Academy
Project Title: Sunscreen Efficiency

Hannah Wiedner, Junior - Parkway Central High School
Project Title: The Effect of Bisphenol A Arabidopsis Radical Length
 

Semi-finalists (A-Z order)
All semi-finalists are invited to bring their project to The Academy of Science - St. Louis Science Fair at Queeny Park to compete for special Awards in May.

Lena Bohman/Brendan Hellebusch, Juniors - Thomas Jefferson School/Parkway North High School
Project Title: Effects of Lespedeza Cuneata invasion on prairie plant composition

Jena Doering, Senior - Maplewood Richmond Heights High School
Project Title: The effects of 6-hydroxydopamine/desipramine lesions of the substantia Nigra on Rat Sleep


Jaszmyn Epps, Senior - Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School
Project Title: In plain sight: the effect of inattentional blindness on sexual harassment intervention

  
Layla Foroughi, Junior - Parkway Central High School
Project Title: Analysis of Phospholipase C in Camielina sativa

Lauren Friedman, Senior - Clayton High School
Project Title: Function of STAT1 in Immune Response of Neonate Mice to Sendai Virus

Yingjie Fu, Junior - Parkway South High School
Project Title: Optimizing Conditions for Mouse  5 and  5i Protein Expression in E. Coli

Ashley Gartner, Junior - Maplewood Richmond Heights High School
Project Title: Physics takes Phlight

Jenny Goeddel, Senior - CorJesu Academy
Project Title: Tracing Pharmaceuticals in Source Water

Paige Holgate, Senior - Rockwood Summit High School
Project Title: A Comparison of Glucose vs Xylose for the Heterotrophic Induction of Algal Lipids

Daniel Jamrozik, Senior - Maplewood Richmond Heights High School
Project Title: The Effects of Geometric Modifications on Wingtip Vortices

Milena Kanak, Junior - Homeschool
Project Title: Are Small Glades Worth Restoring?

Sam Martin, Senior - Maplewood Richmond Heights High School
Project Title: The Effect of Paint Additives on Combustion

Isha Pathak, Junior - Parkway South High School
Project Title:  The Effect of Monovalent and Divalent Ions on the Tetrameric Stability of KirBac1.1 Protein

Gregory Piccirillo, Junior - Parkway West High School
Project Title: Using signals from the imagined articulation of whole words to control a Brain Computer Interface

Brett Rapponotti, Senior - Clayton High School
Project Title: Effect of Chromium (III) on the Release of Zinc (II) in Hematite

Jasmine Raskas, Senior - Clayton High School
Project Title: Analysis of Gas Phase Diatomic Molecules by Intracavity Laser Spectroscopy

Kyle Riger, Senior - Maplewood Richmond Heights High School
Project Title: Calcium through a Serpent

Dylan Schultz, Senior - Clayton High School
Project Title: Analysis of Diatomic Gas Phase Molecules Using Intracavity Laser Spectroscopy

Caitlyn Slattery, Junior - CorJesu Academy
Project Title:  Comparison of the Effects of 10% Ethanol Gasoline and Ethanol-Free Gasoline Upon Small 4-Cycle Engines

Shalini Subbarao, Junior - Parkway West High School
Project Title: Electrocatalysis of Ascorbic Acid on Self-Assembled Monolayers of Nanoporous Gold

Mukund Subramanian, Junior - Ladue Horton Watkins High School
Project Title: Application of Bioinformatics in the Revelation of Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer Biomarkers and Potential Targeted Drug Therapies

Brendan Williams/Brandon Vasquez, Juniors - Maplewood Richmond Heights High School
Project Title: Harder, Better, Lighter, Stronger

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.