STEM Competition at the Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
Six Mass Academy students were invited to present their STEM independent research at the New England Region Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) at the University of New Hampshire.
JSHS is designed to challenge, engage, and publicly recognize students (grades 9-12) conducting research in the sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers.
JSHS is a Tri-Service – U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force – program that encourages high school students to conduct original research in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). JSHS is a collaborative effort between the research arm of the Department of Defense and nationwide colleges and universities. JSHS aims to prepare and support students to contribute as future scientists and engineers, conducting STEM research on behalf of or directly for the Department of Defense (DoD), federal research laboratories to help advance the nation’s scientific and technological progress. Through JSHS, over 8,000 youth annually compete in 47 regional symposia covering the U.S., Puerto Rico, and DoD Dependent Schools in Europe and the Pacific to receive recognition, incentives, and scholarships for their research achievements.
Three students presented their work during a poster session this afternoon. Anh Tran (‘2023), Gracie Sheng (‘2023), and Retna Arun (‘2022) competed with students across New England.
Three students, Diego Suchenski Loustaunau (‘2023), Talia Smith (‘2022), and Raheel Sarwar (‘2023), gave oral presentations during the Symposium. All three students were awarded an all expense-paid trip to the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Albuquerque, NM on April 20-23, 2022.
Diego Suchenski Loustaunau was awarded second place for his project “In-silico design of novel 2’FANA oligonucleotides to inhibit APOBEC3G”, receiving a $1500 academic scholarship. He will give an oral presentation at the National Symposium and compete for military-sponsored scholarships.
Talia Smith was awarded fourth place for her project “The Effect of ZnO Nanoparticles on Arabidopsis Growth in Elevated CO2”, receiving a $100 cash prize. She can present a poster at the National Symposium and compete for additional cash prizes.
Raheel Sarwar was awarded fifth place for his project “Computational Drug Discovery for Alzheimer’s using Gene Expression Analysis and Network Pharmacology”, receiving a $100 cash prize. He can present a poster at the National Symposium and compete for additional cash prizes.
Congratulations to all who competed!