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Published Monday February 20, 2023

Congratulations to the 2023 Arizona JSHS Winners!

Congratulations to all students who participated in this year’s Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS). The JSHS Program is a national competition promoting original research and experimentation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at the high school level and publicly recognizes students for outstanding achievement.

The JSHS program is one of the nation’s longest-running STEM competitions. It is a collaborative effort between the research arm of the Department of Defense (DoD) and nationwide academic research institutions and is administered by the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA).

The following students will be advancing to the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium:

1st Place: Prisha Shroff

Award: $2,000 JSHS Scholarship and  $1,000 University of Arizona Scholarship

School: Hamilton High School – Chandler, AZ

Mentor: Hassan Ghasemzadeh, Associate Professor- Arizona State University

Title: HyperGlycemiaAssist: Personalized Blood Glucose Level and Postprandial Hyperglycemia

Prediction using Neural Networks

2nd Place: Chloe Zhan

Award: $1,500 JSHS Scholarship and $1,000 University of Arizona Scholarship

School: Hamilton High School – Chandler, AZ

Teacher: Debbie Nipar, Hamilton High School

Title: Forecasting County-Level Crop Yield in Top Agricultural-Producing States Using Satellite Data

3rd Place: Valeria Tocanos-Pasos

Award: $1,000 JSHS Scholarship and $1,000 University of Arizona Scholarship

Flowing Wells High School – Tucson, AZ

Mentor: Jessica Dietrich, Flowing Wells High School

Title: Examining Hindbrain Activation at Multiple Time Points Following a Small Intestinal Lipid Infusion

in Mice

4th Place: Baochan Fan

Award: $1,000 University of Arizona Scholarship

Hamilton High School – Chandler, AZ

Mentor: Dr. Min-Hyun Kim, PhD, Arizona State University

Title: Hypothalamic EZH2: A Key Regulator of Leptin Sensitivity in Obesity

5th Place: Maritza Roberts-Padilla

Award: $1,000 University of Arizona Scholarship

BASIS Tucson North – Tucson, AZ

Mentor: Dr. Derek Reichel, Roche

Title: Batch Adsorption Study of Methylene Blue using Fresh Prickly Pear Cactus Cladodes as a

Model Material for Textile Wastewater Remediation

Alternate: Meenal Srivastava

BASIS Scottsdale – Scottsdale, AZ

Title: Trust in the Use of Artificial Intelligence Technology in Healthcare

1st Place Poster Presenter: Roberto Serna

Harvest Preparatory Academy – Yuma, AZ

Teacher: Alfred S. Santos

Title: Burnt Potato Peel (BPP)Powder: A Novel Biosorbent to Combat Pharmaceutical Pollution.

2nd Place Poster Presenter: Leonocio Villareal

Harvest Preparatory Academy – Yuma, AZ

Teacher: Alfred S. Santos

Title: Investigating the Effects of Phenylalanine and Lysine on Phaseolus Vulgaris Grown in Acidic Soil

AZ JSHS Teacher of the Year: Alfred Santos

Harvest Preparatory Academy – Yuma, AZ