Dr. Wendy Wright to Speak At Opening


From Novice to Professor to Experimental Subject: Lessons Learned from a Life in Science


Wendelin Wright is the Heinemann Family Professor in the College of Engineering at Bucknell University. She received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University. Professor Wright’s research interests focus on the mechanical behavior of novel engineering materials, particularly of metallic glasses. She is the recipient of the 2003 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, which is Stanford University’s highest teaching honor, a 2005 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and a 2010 National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Professor Wright is the co-author of a college-level materials science textbook and a licensed professional engineer in metallurgy in California. Professor Wright won first place across all categories as a high school sophomore at the Los Angeles County Science Fair.


2017 AZJSHS Finalists


Congratulations to the 2017 Arizona Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Finalists!


TEACHER AWARD


1st PLACE - $500


Mrs. Katy Gazda
Red Mountain High School, Mesa Arizona
I was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. Upon graduating from Mesa High School, I attended Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri, where I received 2 associate degrees. Then I attended the University of Arizona, where I obtained a Bachelors in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. I was exposed to research at U of A and feel in love with science. My thesis was on volatile organic compounds as signals in a plant-herbivore system, but my real passion remained in DNA and the application of science in the justice system. Thus, I planned on pursuing a career in forensics and continued my education at Arizona State University and received a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction. This may seem odd, but in forensics it is important to be able to explain scientific information when testifying in court, hence the education degree. As part of my graduate work, I student taught in a high school and feel in love with the classroom. So here I am, teaching biotechnology at Red Mountain; blessed to merge both my passions, scientific research and teaching. This will be my ninth year teaching and I am excited and hopeful!



POSTER AWARD


1st PLACE
Drinking Water Quality Analysis on the Chinle Basin Areas of Many Farms, Arizona


Yazzie, Samantha
Sophomore
Navajo Preparatory School, Navajo Nation
Teacher/Mentor: Yolanda Flores


2nd PLACE
The Effect of Temperature on the Efficiency of a Solar Cell


Singhania, Dev, Zhang, Travis
Freshman
Hamilton High School, Chandler, AZ
Teacher/Mentor: Raxha Bhagdev



ORAL PRESENTER FINALISTS


1st PLACE - $2,000


Invitation to present orally at the 2017 National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
San Diego, California Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
April 26-30

Translational Genomics of Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Basu, Anamika
Junior
BASIS Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ
Teacher/Mentor: Dr. Michael T. Barrett


2nd PLACE - $1,500


Invitation to present orally at the 2017 National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
San Diego, California
April 26-30

Exploring Novel Methods of Producing a Noncytotoxic to EGFP-ATF6 Construct Signal Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress Response
Shah, Anuj
Senior
Hamilton High School, Chandler, AZ
Teacher/Mentor: Dr. Aparna Sertil


3rd PLACE - $1,000


Invitation to attend the 2017 National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium and share research in a Poster Session
San Diego, California
April 26-30

A One-Shot Machine Learning Framework for Diagnosis Computer-Aided in Medical Images with Small Data Sets
Rajkumar, Karthik
Junior
Hamilton High School, Chandler, AZ
Teacher/Mentor: J. ROSS MITCHELL, PH.D.


4th PLACE


Invitation to attend the 2017 National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium and share research in a Poster Session
San Diego, California
April 26-30

Exploring Unique Biological Processes of Angiogenic Tumor Progression using Novel Differential Community Analysis and Machine Learning Survivorship Modeling
Sidapara, Aditya
Junior
BASIS Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ
Teacher/Mentor: Vraj Sidapara


5th PLACE


Invitation to attend the 2017 National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium and share research in a Poster Session
San Diego, California
April 26-30

Native Bio-Plastic
Gabaldon, Israel
Senior
Navajo Preparatory School, Navajo Nation
Teacher/Mentor: Yolanda Flores


6th PLACE


Alternate to attend the 2017 National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium and share research in a Poster Session
San Diego, California
April 26-30

Identifying Pathways Enriched with Differential Dependencies Using LASSO
Iyer, Dhruv
Senior
Hamilton High School, Chandler, AZ
Teacher/Mentor: Seungchan Kim


2017 AZJSHS Oral Presenters Accepted

Oral presenters for the 2017 AZJSHS have been accepted! You can view a digital copy of the abstract booklet here.
Here are the oral presenters:


2016 AZJSHS Winners


Congratulations to the following Arizona high school students who won at our regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. Our 1st and 2nd place winners will present their research at the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force sponsored 54th National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium April 27-30, 2016, in Dayton, Ohio. Our 3rd-5th place winners will participate in a poster session.


First Place $2,000
A Novel Graph Theory Based Approach for Identifying Drug Discovery Targets in Computationally-Derived Gene Regulatory Networks (cGRNs)

Dhruv Iyer
Junior
Hamilton High School, Chandler, AZ


Second Place $1,500
Observing Drug Synergy Mechanisms to Target Intrinsically Disordered Proteins in Viruses

Ritika Bharati
Junior
Hamilton High School, Chandler, AZ


Third Place $1,000
Detection of Plasmodium Falciparum Parasites in Digitized Blood Samples

Rahul Ramesh
Junior
Hamilton High School, Chandler, AZ


Fourth Place
The Influence of Contaminates on the Optical Properties of a FeS2, New Candidate for Large Area, Low Cost Photovoltaic Cells

Aakanksha Saxena
Junior
Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale, AZ


Fifth Place
Field Testing and Water Quality Analysis of the Navajo Nation and San Juan County: Before, During, and After the Gold King Mine Spill

Tyra Nicolay
Junior
Navajo Preparatory School, Farmington, NM


Sixth Place
Cognitive and Brain Measures in Middle-Aged Autistic Spectrum Disorder Individuals: Where are the Differences

Emily Wood
Junior
Xavier College Preparatory, Phoenix, AZ


Teacher Award

Yolanda Flores
Navajo Preparatory School, Farmington, NM


2016 Winners
Pictured Left to Right: Dhruv Iyer, Ritika Bharati, Rahul Ramesh, Aakanksha Saxena, Tyra Nicolay, Emily Wood


You can view all of the participant abstracts here.


2016 JSHS Survey


All students, please take this survey now! Click here


Deadlines

Observers, Presenters, and Chaperones must Register. Only Oral and Poster Presenters are required to submit a Formal Abstract, a Research paper, and a Statement of Outside Assistance (SOA) as part of their final project. All projects must be ready to present on March 18, 2016.

Arizona JSHS Event Schedule

Friday March 18, 2016 3:00 PM - Arizona JSHS CHECK-IN at Four Points by Sheraton in Mesa - Refer to the Four Points by Sheraton for more information.

* All Students and Chaperones are expected to attend all Arizona JSHS Events


Friday March 18, 2016 - Day One



Saturday March 19, 2016 - Day Two



2015 AZJSHS Winners


First Place $2,000
Developing a Self-sufficient Solar Heating System


Kelly Charley
Navajo Preparatory School, Farmington, NM
Teacher/Mentor: Yolanda Flores



Second Place $1,500 and First Place Engineering at Nationals $12,000
Development and Optimization of a Multimodal Natural User for use Interface by People with Spinal Chord Injury to Play Computer Games


Dhruv Iyer
Hamilton High School, Chandler, AZ
Teacher/Mentor: Debbie Nipar



Third Place $1,000
The Role of EXPORTIN1A and EXPORTIN1B in Nuclear Export argonaute4 Arabidopsis thaliana


Pearl Dixon
Tucson High Magnet School, Tucson, AZ
Teacher/Mentor: Margaret Wilch



Fourth Place
Observations of Phytosterol: A Novel Method of Using Anti-Cancer Treatment Plant Based Steroid Compounds


Ritika Bharati
Hamilton High School, Chandler, AZ
Teacher/Mentor: Dr. D. Page Baluch



Fifth Place
Applying Cost Benefit Analysis to an SEIR Model with Vaccination


Fiona Zhang
Hamilton High School, Chandler, AZ
Teacher/Mentor: Ben Morin



Sixth Place
A Novel Solution for the Visually Impaired Utilizing Computer Vision and Vibrohaptics


Mani Kandan
Hamilton High School, Chandler, AZ
Teacher/Mentor: Mentor: Dr. Angela Sodeman



Teacher Award


Margaret Wilch
Tucson High Magnet School, Tucson, AZ



2015 Finalists
Pictured Left to Right: Fiona Zhang, Ritika Bharati, Dhruv Iyer, Mani Kandan, Pearl Dixon, Kelly Charley


2014 Arizona Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Winners

  • First Place - Yuanqi Zhang,
  • 3D Surface Fabrication Using Conformal Geometry
    Saint Gregory College Preparatory School, Tucson, Arizona
    Mentor: Dr. Xianfeng David Gu, Department of Computer Sciences, State University of New York at Stony Brook

  • Second Place - Dhruv Iyer,
  • I2C: Devices for the Disabled
    Hamilton High School Chandler, Arizona
    Teacher: Brian Clark

  • Third Place - Sarah Galvin,
  • An Innovative Approach to Improve Spin Polarization in Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5 Thin FilElectronicsms for Spin Transport
    Corona del Sol High School, Tempe, Arizona
    Teacher: Mr. Morgan
    Mentor: Prof. Nathan Newman, Department of Electrical Engineering

  • Fourth Place - Rajet Vasta,
  • Advancing the Study of Algae-Based Biofuels: Development and Optimization of a Low-Cost Lipid Monitoring System for Green Microalgae
    Brophy College Preparatory, Phoenix, Arizona
    Teacher: Mrs. Patricia Mazier
    Mentor: Professor Jean-Francois Hamel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Fifth Place - Manav Sevak,
  • Indicting Alzheimer’s: Novel Methods of Promoting Post-Trauma Neuron Regeneration Through Stimulation of RARβ Activity and Functional Downregulation of NG2
    Chandler High School, Chandler, Arizona
    Teacher: Mrs. Donna Bond
    Mentor: Dr. Page Baluch, Department of Life Sciences, Arizona State University



2013 Arizona Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Winners

  • First Place - Stanley Palasek,
  • Primordial RNA Replication and Applications in PCR Technology

  • Second Place - Eric Epstein,
  • Olfactory discrimination between regular and deuterated compounds in European honeybees (Apis mellifera)

  • Third Place - Tejas Dharmaraj (Partner: Manav Sevak),
  • The Effect of Withaferin A on Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein and Vimentin in an In Vitro Model of Mechanically Induced Reactive Astrogliosis.

  • Fourth Place - Allison Kath,
  • Motivational Interviewing as a Form of Stress Relief in Adolescents

  • Fifth Place - Ryan Norrix,
  • Increasing nutrient perfusion through microchannel incorporation in biomimetic myocardial tissue

  • Sixth Place - Matthew Packard,
  • Oxidation Rates of Graphite in an Oxidizing Oxyacetylene Flame



2012 Arizona Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Winners

Winners from the 2012 Arizona Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (AZJSHS) attended the 50th National Symposium hosted by the Office of Naval Research in cooperation with the Space and Naval Warfare Research Center, April 27-May 1, 2012 in San Diego, California. The National JSHS brought together 240 high school students who qualified for attendance by submitting and presenting original scientific research papers in forty-eight regional symposia held at universities nationwide. Approximately 100 adult leaders, high school teachers, university faculty, ranking military guests, and others attended and joined in encouraging the future generation of scientists and engineers and celebrating student achievement in the sciences.
  • First Place - Sarah Nicole Galvin,
  • An Android Application to Control NXT Based Robots

  • Second Place - Ochana Michael Otto,
  • A newly discovered microbial symbiosis protects important crop plants against severe drought

  • Third Place - Nicolle Elise Mathews,
  • Rechargerz: The Piezoelectric Effect

  • Fourth Place - Sammy Beth Dominguez,
  • Linking odor and host-seeking behavior in leaf-mining mustard specialists

  • Fifth Place - Ivy Yujean Chang,
  • Investigation of the Electrical Properties of Metal/Pyrite (FeS2) Junctions