Award Winners Announced

Some of the winners are featured in the Minnesota Academy of Science Journal of Student Research.  

High school students are invited to apply to the STEM Communicator awards program by March 15 each year in order to participate. Find details here.

To learn more: kmnewell@mnmas.org


2016 Winners

Carlos A. Sanchez and Jiahao Liang: “Real-time Human Breath Analysis Designing an Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometer for the Detection of Volatile Organic Compounds.”

Darartu Gamada: “Identifying Gene Function in Antibody Mediated Kidney Rejection.”

Elena Berman and Archana MuralI: “Window to the Brain: Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease Using Retinal Biomarkers.”

Emelia Topp-Johnson: “Behind the Kernels III: An Evaluation of Fungal Endophytes of Maize and their Hypothesized Mitigation of Temperature.”

Isabella Jennings and Cole Maxwell: “Biomolecular Modeling, Simulation, and Design of a Bivalent CB2-CCR5 Ligand for the Potential Treatment of HIV/AIDS in the Brain.”

Madeline McCue and Evelyn McChesney: “Engineering a Broad-Spectrum Antibacterial Probiotic via Inclusion of Antimicrobial Peptide-encoding DNA, Year Two.”

Meghana Iyer: “Bioengineering the Lung: Investigating the Effects of a Lung Extracellular Matrix on the Growth and Differentiation of Stem Cells into Definitive Endoderm.”

Prashant Godishala and  Brennan Clark: “Predicting a Cancerous Outcome:
Creating a Novel Test for Assessing Risk of Human Papilloma Virus-Associated Oropharyngeal Cancer.”

Samuel Rex and Genevieve Weiler: “Printing an Organ: Developing a Protocol to Bioprint a Gastro-esophageal Junction.”

Sarah Carlson and Siddarth Eswaraachi: “Cleaner Water: Investigating Homogentisate Chemotaxis Receptors in Pseudomanas Putida F1 for Bioremediaton of Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Year Two.”


2016 Honorable Mention

Alexander Guzman and Cassidy Yueh: “Modeling Energy Demand Compared to Methane Gas Production from Anaerobically Digested Oreochromis Aureus Waste in Aquaponics Systems.”

Alma Jorgenson: “Clean Greens: Microbial Safety of Deep Winter Greens.”

Fiona Chow: “All About Those Blades.”

Harini Kethar: “Bioengineered RGS5 Induced Adenoviral Drug Delivery and Smooth Muscle Cell Differentiation to Suppress Cardiac Disease Vasoconstrictor Remodeling.”

Moira Southern and Ryan Etzwiler: “Programming a Socially Assistive Humanoid NAO Robot to Deliver Physical Therapy to Children with Down Syndrome.”

Preethi Kaliappan: “Determining the Most Effective Metropolitan Roof Type to Reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect and Overall City Atmosphere Heating.”

Nick Schatz: "A Novel Stylometric Solution to the Problem of Many Potential Authors"

Serena Jing: "Inexpensive, Portable Glucose Monitor for Diabetics via a Crosslinked Sensing Fluid."

Smita Bhoopatiraju: "Phonological and Semantic Features in Four- and Six-Year-Olds’ Foreign Word Learning."