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2019 AZJSHS Finalists


The Arizona Junior Science and Humanities is please to announce the 5 finalists who will present their research at the 57th National 2019 Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. Congratulations! Click here for more information


2019 AZJSHS Abstract Booklet Available


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2018 AZJSHS Winners


Congratulations to the 2018 Arizona Junior Science and Humanities Symposium finalists who will represent Arizona at the 56th National JSHS May 2-5, 2018 in Hunt Valley, Maryland.



ORAL PRESENTER FINALISTS


1st PLACE - $2,000


Invitation to present orally at the 2018 National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
A Low-Cost, Point-of-Care Ammonia Sensor for Urea Cycle Disorder Patients Utilizing Colorimetric Techniques
Mindy Feng Long
Junior
Hamilton High School, Chandler, AZ


2nd PLACE - $1,500


Invitation to present orally at the 2018 National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
Spontaneous Formation of Localized Braids in Agitated Twisted Un-Knots
Mason Manetta
Sophomore
Red Mountain High School, Mesa, AZ


3rd PLACE - $1,000


Invitation to attend the 2018 National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium and share research in a Poster Session
Transgenic Analysis of gld-1 as a Post Transcriptional Mediator in the Y RNA Pathway Post Oogenesis Through the Maintenance of an Embryonic Memory
Adrian Henry Kwiatkowski
Junior
Red Mountain High School, Mesa, AZ


4th PLACE


Invitation to attend the 2018 National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium and share research in a Poster Session
Automatically Analyzing Open-Ended Survey Responses using Statistical and Machine Learning Methods
Devrath Iyer
Sophomore
Hamilton High School, Chandler, AZ


5th PLACE


Invitation to attend the 2018 National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium and share research in a Poster Session
A Novel Approach to Optimizing Algae Biofuel Production by Using PolymericNaturally-Occurring Extracellular Substances (EPS) through Bioflocculation
Nikita Bharati
Freshman
Basha High School, Chandler, AZ



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!
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



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