Southern Arizona High School Students Compete for $5 Million in Awards and Prizes at International Science Fair

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June 8, 2021

In May, eight Southern Arizona students competed as finalists at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF) for $5 million in awards and prizes. The students qualified to participate in the competition at the SARSEF Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

Regeneron ISEF 2021 included 1,833 finalists representing 49 states and 64 countries from across the world. This year marked the first time in the competition’s more than 70-year history that the event took place virtually.

Of the eight Southern Arizona students who competed at Regeneron ISEF, six won awards. You can find the full list of finalists below:

 

Aaron Trinh, Grade 12

Canyon del Oro High School, Tucson, AZ

Project Title: The Feasibility of the Extraction of (2E)-3-phenylprop-2-enal from Cinnamomum cassia Bark Using Water and Aqueous Ethanol as Solvents in Distillation

 

Alexander C Nelson, Grade 11

Nelson Home School, Tucson, AZ

Project title: mRNA Sequence Analysis to Determine Genes Causing Unilateral Incompatibility in S. lycopersicum and S. pennellii

Winner of a University of Arizona $10,000 Renewable Scholarship

 

Amanda R Whalen, Grade 12

Veritas Christian Community School, Sierra Vista, AZ

Project Title: Making a Saguaro H.A.W.T. (Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine)

Winner of an ASU Renewable Scholarship and a University of Arizona $10,000 Renewable Scholarship

 

Andrea Romero, Grade 10

Harvest Preparatory Academy, Yuma, AZ

Project Title: Effects of Prosopis glandulosa leave Extract on Lowering the Antibiotic Resistance of Escherichia coli, Sarcina lutea, and Staphylococcus Epidermidis

Winner of a University of Arizona $10,000 Renewable Scholarship

 

Esha Mathur, Grade 12

University High School, Tucson, AZ

Project Title: Prophages Within Symbiotic and Free-Living Terrestrial Cyanobacteria

Winner of a University of Arizona $10,000 Renewable Scholarship

 

Ethan Lee, Grade 12

University High School, Tucson, AZ

Project Title: Fabrication of a Bioprinted Scaffold Cuff: Implications for Tissue Engineering of an Implantable Organ

 

Isabel Ross, Grade 11

Cienega High School, Vail, AZ

Project Title: Green Infrastructure Impacts on Carbon Cycling: Evaluating Changes in Soil Microbial Composition and Function

Winner of a University of Arizona $10,000 Renewable Scholarship

 

Karah Mayer, Grade 11

Tanque Verde High School, Tucson, AZ

Project Title: In Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Patient Tissue, UG Rich RNA Is Not Preferentially Soluble as Predicted

Winner of an ASU Renewable Scholarship and a University of Arizona $10,000 Renewable Scholarship

 

For more information about the students’ work and accomplishments, contact SARSEF COO Julie Euber at julie@sarsef.org.

 

Media Contact:  

Julie Euber, COO

SARSEF

812-340-8663

julie@sarsef.org

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