Two SWW students – Emma Johnson and Camille Titzell – served as the DC finalists at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair from May 13-17th in Phoenix, Arizona. ISEF invites more than 1600 student-scientists as finalists from around the world including representatives from all US states, districts, and territories, and more than 70 countries. Students compete for a variety of prizes, including top awards of $75,000 and $50,000. This is the second year that both DC finalists were from SWW, and the third year in a row SWW has sent finalists to ISEF. Both students had an amazing time at ISEF.
Emma’s project, “The Effects of Pesticides on Indicator Species in Aquatic Environments,” is part of a two-year study concerning the use of a novel biologically derived pesticide on both target (pest) and nontarget organisms. Camille’s project, ““Small Molecule Inhibition of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Enzyme DXR,” involves the synthesis, purification, and analysis of a novel drug to combat tuberculosis.
Emma and Camille have also been invited to present their research at TEDxSouthCapitolSt, an organization devoted to celebrating ideas in technology, engineering, and design in Washington, DC. They will be presenting their research at the Library of Congress to members of the Internet Association and other interested TEDx members.
Additionally, SWW did well at the National EnvironMentors Environmental Science Fair. Emma Johnson was awarded the EnvironMentors Emerging Enviromental Leader Scholarship ($10,000); Jasmen Cheese was awarded first place award for Excellence in Environmental Science Research ($2,000) for a project concerning the effect of noise on fruit fly mating patterns; and Xiu Qi Chen was awarded a prize of $500 for a project on water quality in the DC watershed.