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Science Research: Nine GA Students Qualified for PJAS State Competition

Fifteen Germantown Academy Upper School science research students competed at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences (PJAS) Region 1B science fair at Souderton High School in February. Of those 15 students, nine earned first place awards, qualifying for the 82nd annual PJAS State Competition, which will take place on May 14-16 at Penn State University.

"These students began their projects in September by brainstorming topics, creating project ideas from those topics, evaluating each project idea for whether it could be performed in school under time and monetary restrictions, choosing one of those project ideas to write a detailed research outline, planning the procedure, carrying out the procedure, collecting and analyzing data, creating a PowerPoint presentation, and practicing that presentation with me," said Director of Science Research Sarah Kesten. "Please congratulate all of these students, as they worked hard to design their projects, collect data, prepare a PowerPoint presentation, and spend their holiday weekend competing in a science fair."

Next up for GA's science researchers is the Montgomery County Science Research Competition, which will take place at Ursinus College on March 7-8.

GA Science Research Students who Participated in PJAS Regional 1B

Grade Name Category Title Place
9 Hasit Patel Biochemistry Benefits of Doxorubicin on Globulin

2nd Place

9 Matt Sandifer Zoology The Effect of Artificial Sweeteners on Drosophila suzukii 1st Place
9 Marius Vava Computer Science Concussion Tracking with a Smartphone 1st Place
9 Alex Yan Engineering Desalinization through Electricity Generated by Bicycle 2nd Place
9 Tiffany Zhong Computer Science Cloud Computing Performance 1st Place
10 Jason Chee Chemistry Super-Hydrophobic Surfaces using Silicon Nanoparticles 1st Place
10 Brynne DiDonato Zoology Effect of Vitamin D and Probiotics on Neurons of C. elegans 1st Place
11 Evvan Erb Computer Science Innovative Custom Media Content through Machine Learning 1st Place
11 David Fakhraee Earth & Space Science Terraforming Mars with Cyanobacteria 2nd Place
11 Miles Hanamirian Behavioral Science Exposure to Nature Enhances Mental Health 1st Place
11 Sophie Kallenbach Behavioral Science The Effect of Screens on Language Fluency 2nd Place
11 David Li Chemistry Testing the Properties of Shear Thickening Fluids 2nd Place
11 Andrew Luo Engineering Formation of a Patterned Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Surface 1st Place
11 Isaac Wilkins Biochemistry Effect of Sound Waves on Amyloid Beta Protein 1st Place
12 Andy Huang Zoology Investigation of the Microbiome of Cephalotes Ants 2nd Place