Over 300 students gathered together this past weekend to participate in the 2019 MSEF Competition at MIT. After a long day of presenting on Friday, students were able to display their projects to the public on Saturday before going to the awards ceremony. While this past weekend marked the end of the science fair season for many, a few students at MSEF aren’t done yet: they will be traveling this coming Sunday to Arizona to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), which will host over 1,800 students from over 75 countries.
20 students from Massachusetts will be going to represent the state with their amazing research projects. For almost all of these students, this will be their first time at the Intel ISEF competition, and their excitement is high. In regards to both MSEF and ISEF, junior Anvitha Addanki says she is “looking forward to meeting people who share my love for science research and societal advancement and I hope to take away new ideas on how we, as students, can change the world and better our society.” This sentiment was shared by many of the other students, who say they are inspired to see all of the other projects, and look forward to the experience of meeting all of the other new students from around the world.
The students are a range of ages, from freshmen to seniors, and from all across the state. The variety in projects was especially notable, from evaluating a protein found in chickens as a potential biomaterial to a future design for a more energy efficient airliner wing. Despite the wide variety in projects, one thing was clear: all of the students saw something that needed more investigation or saw a problem that deserved a solution, and they acted on it. All of these students shared the desire to improve the world through their talents. Junior Elizabeth Ding summarized these feelings well, crediting her desire to study STEM as a result of the ever-changing nature of the field, and how she feels like it is the best way to solve a lot of current, tricky problems.
How did these talented students get started in their phenomenal research? Many of the students began their research with their own motivation, reaching out to professors, teachers, and institutions that could help give them the resources to research these problems. Senior Abigail Goyette was inspired to begin research after a chemistry lab at school, and her own personal connections to her topic. Junior Deeandria Nafrere continued something she started in her freshman year, and improved the project after taking more classes at her high school, taking a biology/forensics inspired approach.
Outside of the lab, these students keep themselves busy with a variety of other activities. Some students, like Stefania Yee, who interns at Brigham and Women’s hospital, devote their time to helping those outside of the school community. Others like John Lin, enjoys journalism and will be attending a journalism class this summer, and Noah Glasgow, enjoys design and Model UN, spread their talent over other disciplines. All of these students have multiple in and out of school commitments, which further highlights their hard-work and success of their projects so far, and now participation in an international competition.
The 20 students going to ISEF in Phoenix, Arizona, will be participating from May 12th-May 17th. Two different award ceremonies will be held on May 16th and May 17th. We are proud of them for their accomplishments thus far, and their amazing presentations this past weekend at MSEF. We wish them the best of luck next week and hope they have a good time in Phoenix! Make sure to check out our Facebook page regularly to see photos of the students and learn of their experiences throughout the week.
Here are the 20 students participating in ISEF from Massachusetts:
Anvitha Addanki: Canton High School, Junior, A Novel Noninvasive and Inexpensive Biomarker for Diagnosing Major Depressive Disorder (MDD): Using Machine Learning Model In Silico and Drosophila melanogaster Model In Vivo
Stanley Chen, Thomas DeMasi, Michael Dubuisson: Boston Latin Academy, Freshman, The Effect of Sweep Angle on a Wing’s Lift Force
Jiwon Choi: St. Mark’s School, Senior, Bio-ink: Evaluation of Proteins as Biomaterials for 3D Bioprinting
Elizabeth Ding: Lexington High School, Junior, Ultrasensitive Detection of Early Stage Cancer By ctDNA sequencing with UMIs
Albert Farah: Medford High School, Junior, Modeling Mass Flow Distribution in a Multistage Rocket Concept Design
Noah Glasgow: Falmouth Academy, Sophomore, The Acidifying Ocean’s Effect on Protease Acitivity In alteromoans
Abigail Goyette: Westfield High School, Senior, Concentration of a Red Dye in Sports Drinks
Tashaina Huezo-Santiago, Stefania Yee: Urban Science Academy, Sophomore, The Effect Of Nitrate Levels In Polluted Water On Daphnia
John Lin: Boston Latin School, Sophomore, Development of a qPCR Assay for Quantification of Saccharibacteria
Deeandria Nafrere: Foxborough regional charter school, Junior, Effects of Alcohol and Aspartame on the Heart Rate of Daphnia Magna
Hannah Puhov: Mass Academy, Junior, Under Pressure: Customized Insoles for Plantar Pressure Ulcers
Ananthan Sadagopan: Westborough High School, Freshman, IFNɣ Susceptibility in Chordoma
Suvin Sundararajan: Westfield High School, Sophomore, Analysis of manufacturing process of d-glucose based thermoform polymers
Ellia Sweeney: Bishop Feehan High School, Sophomore, Going Green to Prevent Breast Cancer The Effect Of Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) On Tumor Growth In Planaria
Adway S. Wadekar: Saint John’s High School, Sophomore, Predicting Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Using Machine Learning
Daisy Wang: Boston Latin School, Junior, RNA-based Early Detection Method for Prostate Cancer using Nanotechnology
Gianfranco Yee: Urban Science Academy, Junior, Does Exposing Lactaid Pills to Acid Impact Enzyme Activity
Blog written by: Paige Vincent