College of Medicine supports local science fair

Penn State College of Medicine is an annual educational partner of The Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair (CASEF) hosted in March at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg.

This year, more than 300 aspiring local scientists, mathematicians and engineers, grades seven through 12, exhibited their projects in one of 15 categories. Two senior high students were chosen as grand champions and will compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), to be held in Phoenix in May. There are three grand champion winners in the senior division: Patrick Myers, Carlisle Area High School, “Waste to Watts”; Bradley Sloop, Susquenita High School, “Wind Energy”; and Hannah Wastyk, Palmyra Area High School, “Discovering a Metabolic Weakness in Melanoma through Targeted Gene Inhibition.” In addition, Agustey Mongia, Hershey High School, was named as an alternate grand champion winner for his work, “The Effect of Breast Cancer Grading on the Average Fractal Dimension.” For the Junior Division, Shannelle Ileto, Good Shepherd School, “Power It Up!” won.

The Office of the Vice Dean for Research and the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute sponsored two special awards presented to Justin Idrovo of Harrisburg Academy for “Impact of Gender, Age and Physical Fitness on Lung Capacity” and Shayna Whitfield of West Perry High School for “The Effect of Psychoactive Drugs on Spiders.”

Penn State Hershey was highly represented with more than 20 faculty and graduate student judges at this year’s fair.

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Last Updated May 01, 2013