Science research wins big in quarter 1

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With science research revving up this year, director Mrs. Leya Joykutty and research mentor Dr. Juliana Caulkins led their high school researchers to victory in several competitions, including prestigious science society Sigma Xi’s inaugural conference iFoRE and Harvard University’s annual science research conference.

Students who participated in science research in years prior were obligated to submit their projects for consideration at both conferences before being invited to present for judging. 

Harvard’s Student Research Conference (HCURA), held from Oct 22-23, saw senior Alejandra Abramson honored with first place for her presentation, “Machine Learning for Psychiatric Patients.” Junior Amara Okpala, meanwhile, won third place for her presentation “The Food Forecast – Using AI to Reduce Food Waste.”

During iFoRE — held Nov. 3-6 in Alexandria, VA — sophomore Likhitha Selvan clinched first in the interdisciplinary health sciences category with her poster, while fellow sophomore Calvin Mathew won first in interdisciplinary biomaterials and adaptive manufacturing with his.

Today, students in science research are looking to the future with goals to compete in the University of Florida’s Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium (JSEHS), taking place Jan 29-31, and the American Junior Academy of Science conference starting March 1 in Crystal City, VA.

Before the iFoRE competition, students enjoyed a tour of Johns Hopkins University, a highly-rated research center that appealed to many of their interests. (Photo/Lorenzo Pulmano)
Junior Malcolm Owusu presents his project, completed last year, to a judge at iFoRE. (Photo/Lorenzo Pulmano)
Sophomores Calvin Mathew and Likhitha Selvan celebrate their first place wins at iFoRE. (Photo/Lorenzo Pulmano)

Junior Ella Gohari is entering her third year on the Patriot Post staff and second year as co-Print-Editor-in-Chief. After co-leading the Patriot Post last year, she is excited to continue taking the Patriot Post to new heights in the year ahead. She has done research with Mrs. Joykutty since 6th grade, and is now editor-in-chief of the Sigma Xi Science Society’s magazine. On weekends, she volunteers with Village Book Builders and OTTER to teach underprivileged children, and is also peer tutor chair for the Science National Honor Society. She hopes you enjoy your time reading the Patriot Post.