Science Congress Winners Announced
On March 19, the Central Western Section of the Science Teachers Association of New York State (CWS-STANYS) sponsored the 34th Annual Science Congress at St. John Fisher College. Students from the region represented by the Central Western Section presented their original research projects to scientists and educators who judged their understanding, research methods, and ability to communicate.
Student projects were recognized with awards, including Honorable Mention, Honors, High Honors, and Highest Honors. In addition, special awards were presented by organizations for exceptional work in particular subjects.
Some of the CWS-STANYS winners included:
- Megan Nier from Greece High School will attend the International Science and Engineering Fair competition on May 8-13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. She also received the St. John Fisher College Summer Scholarship for one course. Megan's research is "Determining Extra Solar Planetary Properties Using the Radial Velocity and Transit Methods."
Winners who will attend the New York State Science Congress held at the College of St. Rose in Albany on June 10-12, 2011:
- Talia Pringle with her biological research, "The Effect of Bisphenol A on Levels of Cytokine Secretion by TH1 and TH2 Cells" from Greece High School.
- Ido Goldenberg from Penfield High School with his work in physics, "Effects of Magnetic Fields on Mitochondrial Respiration and Efficiency."
Other winners received Army, Navy, and Air Force medals, monetary awards and New York Water Environment Association environmental cash awards.
The highest reward is to be chosen to present at the STANYS State Science Congress or at the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). The ISEF opportunity offers students horizon broadening experiences at the national level. It is only through the support of area businesses, local professional organizations, St. John Fisher College, the military, scientists, teachers, and other individuals, that the Central Western Section is able to hold a Science Congress and make these unique opportunities possible.
The Science Congress Committee is composed of members from education and industry. The event is directed by Dr. Jutta Dudley and co-directed by Sheila Brady-Root.