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)

Senior Ellaheh Gohari is entering her fourth (and sadly final) year on staff and third year as co-EIC of the Patriot Post. She loves learning new things and can often be found going down Wikipedia rabbit holes in search of random knowledge. Outside of room 25310, she serves as co-president to both the Girls Excelling in Math and Science club and the Science National Honor Society. A science-lover, she enjoys exploring the subject through research projects with UMiami, volunteer tutoring with OTTER and fact-checks with MediaWise. She hopes you enjoy your time reading the Patriot Post.