Students Present at Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
Sixteen 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 on March 2nd.
JSHS is a Department of Defense sponsored STEM program (U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense and the U.S. Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force) that encourages high school students to conduct original research in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and publicly recognizes students for outstanding achievement. By connecting talented students, their teachers, and research professionals at affiliated symposia and by rewarding research excellence, JSHS aims to widen the pool of trained talent prepared to conduct research and development vital to our nation.
JSHS regional and national symposia are held during the academic year and reach more than 8,000 high school students and teachers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense Schools of Europe and the Pacific. Students must first participate in their regional symposium where they compete for selection to present at the national symposium each year.
Three students, Rianna Santra, Anshika Shekhar, and Omar El Nesr 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 Virginia Beach, VA on April 12-15, 2023.
Rianna Santra was awarded first place for her project “Leveraging Differential Gene Expression Analysis and Agent-Based Modeling to Detect Biomarkers of Brain Cancer Subtypes”.
Anshika Shekhar was awarded third place for her project “The Effectiveness of a Standardized Mixture of Antioxidants as a Preventative Treatment for PTSD and its Symptoms in C. elegans”.
Omar El Nesr was awarded fifth place for his project “Gene Expression Meta-Analysis Identifies Novel Cell Type Specific Pathways in Multiple Sclerosis”.
Joseph Yu placed first in the poster competition for his project “Using Immune Footprints in a Novel Deep Learning Model to Detect Human Diseases”.
Congratulations to all who competed.