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Science Research: GA Seniors Win First Place Grade Award

On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 28 Upper School Science Research students competed at the 2017 Montgomery County Science Research Competition (MCSRC), directed by GA Upper School science teacher Phil Rittenhouse, at Ursinus College. Of those 28 students, 18 students earned first, second, or third place awards, qualifying for the Delaware Valley Science Fair (DVSF) on April 4-5. In addition to these category awards, 10 students received one or more special awards sponsored by science and engineering companies as well as professional organizations, earning over $700 in cash and prizes.

Moreover, the GA Upper School students did so well that they earned GA the First Place Division A Award (most total points for 12th grade projects) and Second Place for both Division B and Division D (second most total points for 11th and 9th grade projects, respectively).

"Please congratulate all of these students, as they worked hard to collect data and prepare a poster board presentation and research paper since January," said Director of Science Research Sarah Kesten

GA Results - Montgomery County Science Research Competition

Grade Name Category Title Place Special Award Qualified for Delaware Valley Science Fair
9 Hasit Patel Biochemistry Benefits of Doxorubicin on Globulin

Honorable Mention

Merck Special Award - Honorable Mention
9 Matt Sandifer Zoology The Effect of Artificial Sweeteners on Drosophila suzukii 1st Place Yes
9 Marius Vava Computer Science Concussion Tracking with a Smartphone 1st Place Yes
9 Alex Yan Engineering Desalinization Through Electricity Generated by Bicycle Generator 1st Place Yes
9 Tiffany Zhong Computer Science Cloud Computing Performance Third Place Yes
10 Jason Chee Chemistry Super-Hydrophobic Surfaces using Silicon Nano-particles
10 Ethan Cody Engineering 3D Printed Exoskeleton Hand 2nd Place MCSTA Engineering Award Yes
10 Brynne DiDonato Zoology Effect of Vitamin D and Probiotics on Neurons of C. elegans 1st Place PA Society of Biomedical Research Award Yes
10 Satyam Ghodasara Microbiology Disinfection of Water Using Chlorine
10 Kevin Lamb Behavior Effect of Mental Priming on Information Recollection Third Place Yes
11 Nicholas DiBello Health The Effect of Different Types of Shoes on Shin Splints
11 Evvan Erb Computer Science Innovative Custom Media Content through Machine Learning
11 David Fakhraee Earth & Space Science Terraforming Mars with Cyanobacteria 2nd Place Eastern University Astronomy Project Award; Women Geologist Award Yes
11 Miles Hanamirian Behavioral Science Exposure to Nature Enhances Mental Health 2nd Place MCSTA Behavioral Award Yes
11 Sophie Kallenbach Behavioral Science The Effect of Screens on Language Fluency Honorable Mention University of the Sciences Behavioral Award
11 David Li Chemistry Testing the Properties of Shear Thickening Fluids 1st Place Prime Synthesis Award in Chemistry Yes
11 Andrew Luo Engineering Formation of a Patterned Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Surface Honorable Mention Exelon Energy 2nd Place in Engineering Yes
11 Isaac Wilkins Biochemistry Effect of Sound Waves on Amyloid Beta Protein 2nd Place MCSTA Biochemistry Award Yes
11 Nathan Wong Biochemistry An Analysis of Drug Development Third Place Yes
12 Braden Cody Chemistry Exploring the Reduction of Graphene Oxide 1st Place Yes
12 Zander Foglia Environmental Effect of Water and Fertilizer on Olive Oil Production 1st Place Yes
12 Andy Huang Zoology Investigation of the Microbiome of Cephalotes Ants 1st Place Yes
12 Kian Jamasbi Mathematics Reevalutating Multinational Institutions Ursinus College Mathematics Award
12 Noelle Mlynarczyk Behavior The Effect of Video Games on Morality 2nd Place Yes
12 Richard Niu Biochemistry A Possible Treatment of Alzheimer's via Protein Quality Control 2nd Place Yes
12 Bennett Nolan Computers Secure Password Generator with User Input
12 Gavin Rees Computers Adversarial Model Networks for Machine Learning 1st Place Yes
12 Ethan Zhao Mathematics Statistical Analysis of Standardized Test Scores