SVGS Students at Regional Science Fair

Fifty SVGS research students participated in the 2018 Shenandoah Valley Regional Science Fair sponsored by James Madison University on March 6. The Shenandoah Valley Regional Science Fair is affiliated with the ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair).  Participating localities included: Highland County  Bath County  Rockbridge County  Staunton City  Winchester City  Page County  Harrisonburg City  Warren County  Shenandoah County  Augusta County  Rockingham County  Frederick County
Each student was required to create an exhibit documenting their research project and participate in a question and answer session.  University professors and practicing scientists served as volunteer judges evaluating entries in eighteen categories.
The following Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School students were recognized among this year’s regional science fair winners:
Category Students Award Title
Animal Science Jessica Milo and Noah Vanhoy 2nd Associative Learning in Chemotactic Response of Caenorhabditis elegans to Non-Food Stimuli
Animal Science Annabelle Mastrandea and Shamir Ibar 3rd The chemotactic response of C. elegans (Caenorhabditis elegant) to sucrose and vinegar
Behavioral and Social Sciences  Isaiah Knopp 2nd What factors affect opioid deaths?
Biochemistry Alison Keister and Nathan Harris 1st Effects of Artificial Sweeteners on the Production of Carbon Dioxide in Fermentation by Saccharomyces cerevisiae (Yeast)
Chemistry Paige Pettry 1st Luminol: How Temperature Affects its Glow
Chemistry Spencer Tuttle The Effects of Different Impurities on Freshwater’s Melting Rate
Chemistry  Lamaya Campbell How do substances affect the conductivity of a liquid?
Computer and Mathematical Sciences Heidi Arenas 2nd Do Microwaves affect the Speed of Wifi?
Computer and Mathematical Sciences Patrick Maneval How GPS affects the recording of steps in fitness devices?
Computer and Mathematical Sciences  Reed Jones 3rd Which metric in the NBA is the best to predict the result of a game?
Engineering Mason Reno The Effect of Sloped Armor on Mitigating Damage Caused by Projectiles
Energy and Transportation  Kristin Rhodenizer 1st What is the better insulation material?
Energy and Transportation Madison Kidd 2nd How Wind Speed Affects Energy Production of a Wind Turbine
Energy and Transportation Greyden Wimer How sound level changes with distance.
Environmental Management and Science Emily McComas Air Force Certificate of Achievement Specific Heat Capacities of Different Solutions
Environmental Management and Science Sean Fridley and  Kerry Showalter 3rd The Effects of Automotive Substances on Brassica rapa
Environmental Management and Science Anna Brule and Hannah Jane Upson American Water Works Association Certificate of Merit The effect of yeast mannan on the removal rate of nitrate and phosphate from spring water by duckweed (Lemna minor).
Environmental Management and Science Tate Snyder and Nikki Pettry Effect of Duckweed (Lemna minor) on the Phytoremediation of Copper and Iron
Environmental Management and Science Kordelia Hunsberger and Tay Burress Effect of pH on Phytoremediation of Copper by Duckweed (Lemna minor)
Environmental Management and Science Faith Christian and Elexis Bradley 2nd Effects of Different Control Systems on Soil Erosion
Medicine, Health, and Nutrition Science Bryce Landram Denaturing Proteins
Medicine, Health, and Nutrition Science Giselle Figueroa and Cameron Murie 2nd Effectiveness of Anti-fungal Oils on Growth of Aspergillus niger
Medicine, Health, and Nutrition Science Addison Gilligan and  Matthew Wallace 1st The Effectiveness of Mineral-Based Sunscreens Against UVB Radiation
Microbiology Emma Evans and Lauren Highfield 1st The Effectiveness of Chlorhexidine and Povidone Iodine and Their Impact on Caenorhabditis elegans
Microbiology  McCarron Kincheloe and Cooper Yurish Antibacterial Resistance of Tea Tree Oil and Lactic Acid on Staphylococcus epidermidis and Escherichia coli.
Microbiology Tracy Le and Kenya Balser The Effect of Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate on Bacteriophage T4 Infectivity of Escherichia coli B
Microbiology Victor Gaines Effectiveness of Household Antibacterials on Staphylococcus epidermidis
Microbiology Jonathan Henriques and Seth Walter Effects of Combining Antibiotics on Gram-Positive(Staphylococcus epidermidis) and Gram-Negative(Escherichia coli) Bacteria
Microbiology Courtney Muncy and Olivia Quickel 2nd Effect of Ampicillin on the Growth of a Biofilm Composed of Escherichia coli
Physics and Astronomy Leyton Pullin 3rd Sandpaper and Wood
Plant Science Ramona Shelton and Sara Moore 1st The Effect of Different Fertilizer Techniques on the Growth of Lima Bean Plants (Phaseolus lunatus)
Plant Science  Joshua Weaver and Helen Ni 2nd Effect of Wisconsin Fast Plants (Brassica rapa) on Lima Beans (Phaseolus lunatus)
Plant Science Luke Scrogham and Lillian Pingel Genetically Modified Sequences in Organic and Non-Organic Cornmeal

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