Congratulations to Pathways Science Fair Winners!

More than 20 Pathways to Science students received distinguished awards at the statewide Connecticut Science Fair (www.ctsciencefair.org) held this past week at Quinnipiac University! Among those awarded were:

Maya Geradi
A study of circadian genetics and abiotic stress towards sustainable agriculture
3rd Place Senior High Life Science Award
1st Place Urban Challenge High School
Silver Medal of Excellence, CT Academy of Science/Engineering
UNH High School Microbiology Award
CT Nursery Award

Sophie Edelstein 
Formulation of Gelatin-Hyaluronic Acid Blend Cross-Linked Gels for Potential Tissue Applications: Cost-Effective, Patient Specific, Alternative Treatment of Labral Tears of the Hip
2nd Place Senior High Life Science
4th Place Urban Challenge High School
1st Place  Excellence in Engineering Senior High
2nd Place Biotechnology Senior High
Otero Family Award, Lunch with Patent Attorney, UNH Award for Project in Engineering

Lauren Low
A Novel Rapid Diagnostic Test for Zika Virus NS1 Protein using Nanoribbon Microfluidics
4th Place Senior High Physical Science
Finalist Urban Challenge High School
1st Place Applied Technology High School
2nd Place Excellence in Engineering High School
IEEE Honorable Mention
Mensing Award for excellence in Physical Science
Quinnipiac University $20000 Scholarship

Sumanth Kondapalli and Tirth Patel
A Novel Approach Using Biochar in Sand Reactors to Accelerate Biodegradation of Naphthenic Acids in the Process of Bitumen Extraction via Oil Sands
2nd Place Life Science High School Team
Finalist Urban Challenge High School
Finalist CACIWC Environmental Sciences Awards

Prastik Mohanraj
Novel Study on the Membrane Interactions of Bovine Alpha-Lactalbumin and Oleic Acid Complex on Tumor Cells to Induce Lysosomal Cell Apoptosis
5th Place Urban Challenge High School

Arya Bairat
Developing a Novel Energy Harvesting Device using Paint-on Fabrication Techniques with Mosz and use of Discardable Materials
Finalist High School Sustainability award
Certificate Sustainability Solutions
IEEE Senior Honors Award

Eva Heaphy
How do Different Types of Street Lights Impact Our Environment and What is the Safest Way to Illuminate Our Streets?
Environmental Energy Award Urban Public School
Finalist Applied Technology Award Middle School
Finalist Environmental Sciences Award Middle School
Certificate Office of Naval Research Award

Rachna Vipparla
The Effect of Roundup on GMO plants versus wild grown plants
4th Place Life Science 8th Grade

Jonathan Fischman
Waterbot
Pepsico Physical Sciences Awards — 3rd Place- Physical Sciences 8th Grade Ind, - $100 & trophy, invite to compete Broadcom MASTERS
Barnes Aerospace Applied Technology Awards — Middle School Finalist - Medallion

Evan Gorelick and Peter Savelyev
Plantaid
Pepsico Physical Sciences Awards — 3rd Place- Physical Sciences MS Team- trophy, invite to compete Broadcom MASTERS
Xerox Computer Science Awards — 2nd Place Middle School - $200, Trophy and Medallion

Christopher Hill (w/Benjamin Lee)
Water Turbine
Pepsico Physical Sciences Awards — Finalist - Physical Science sJr Team - CSF Medallion
Energize CT/eesmarts Alternative/Renewable Energy Awards — 3rd Place Middle School - $100 Cash and Trophy
UTC Aerospace Systems Awards for Excellence in Engineering — Finalist - Engineering 8th grade - CSF Medallion
Dreams Unlimited Award — $200 Cash Award + Certificate

Kabir Khwaja (w/Samuel Green)
The Energy Band
Pepsico Physical Sciences Awards — Finalist - Physical Science sJr Team - CSF Medallion
Barnes Aerospace Applied Technology Awards — Middle School Finalist – Medallion
Energize CT/eesmarts Alternative/Renewable Energy Awards — 2nd Place Middle School - $200 Cash and Trophy

Agrani Dixit
Dissecting the role of Desmosterol in regulating macrophage immune activation during atherogenesis
Alexion Biotechnology Awards — Finalist - Biotechnology Senior High - CSF Medallion

Jethin Gowda
Study of Size Separation of Sub-Millimeter Sizes Granular Material Using Vibro-Fluidization
UTC Aerospace Systems Awards for Excellence in Engineering — Finalist - Engineering Senior High - CSF Medallion

Kelsey McCormack (w/Himay Dharani)
Analysis and Proving of “Cycloid” Universe Using Friedmann Equations and Torsion Cosmology
People’s United Bank Mathematics Awards - with ATOMIC — High School Finalist - Medallion
American Meteorological Society — Certificate & $25 Amazon gift card given by CSEF

William Livesay and Joshua Feuerstein (with Arnav Paliwal)
The Clean Drain
Pepsico Physical Sciences Awards — Finalist - Physical Science sJr Team - CSF Medallion
Barnes Aerospace Applied Technology Awards — 1st Place Middle School - $300 and Trophy, Medallion
Environmental Sciences Awards with CACIWC — MS Finalist - CACIWC gifts, CSF Medallion
UTC Aerospace Systems Awards for Excellence in Engineering — 4th Place- Engineering 8th grade- trophy
TurnKey Compliance Solutions Environmental Awards — $200 Cash Award Middle School- For excellence in environmental sciences

Nikhil Mali
Pen-nik
Pepsico Physical Sciences Awards — Finalist - Physical Sciences 8th Grade - CSF Medallion
Alexion Biotechnology Awards — 4th Place- Biotechnology 8th grade- trophy

Aamnah Malik (w/Kathleen Inclima)
Using Nanotechnology to Clean Oil Spills
Barnes Aerospace Applied Technology Awards — Middle School Finalist - Medallion
Alexion Biotechnology Awards — Finalist - Biotechnology 8th grade - CSF Medallion
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — Certificate and medallion, ,and $25 Amazon gift card given by CSEF

Shyam Viswanathan
Vision Shoe
Pepsico Physical Sciences Awards — Finalist - Physical Sciences 8th Grade - CSF Medallion Barnes Aerospace Applied Technology Awards — Middle School Finalist - Medallion
Xerox Computer Science Awards — Middle School Finalist - Medallion
American Meteorological Society — Certificate & $25 Amazon gift card given by CSEF
IEEE, Connecticut Section — $100 Honorable Mention
ISA - International Society for Automation - Ct. Valley Section — 2nd - $75 award
Connecticut Invention Convention “Next Step Inventors” — $50 gift certificate & invitation to present at CT Invention Convention as “CIC Next Step Inventors”
The Karen J. Howell Middle School Award for “Learning and Serving” — The Karen J. Howell Middle School Award for “Learning and Serving” - $1000

Weiss Yuan
Extinguish-Bot
Pepsico Physical Sciences Awards — Finalist - Physical Sciences 8th Grade - CSF Medallion
Barnes Aerospace Applied Technology Awards — Middle School Finalist - Medallion
UTC Aerospace Systems Awards for Excellence in Engineering — Finalist - Engineering 8th grade - CSF Medallion
Office of Naval Research- U.S. Navy / U.S. Marine Corps — Middle School- Certificate, $25 gift card given by CSEF
Ricoh Americas Corporation — Certificate, $25 Amazon gift card given by CSEF
American Society of Safety Engineers, CT Valley Chapter — $100 grade 7-8 project

Wendy Zhang and Claire Yuan
Using Flocculation to Extract Chromium 6 From Water
Barnes Aerospace Applied Technology Awards — 2nd Place Middle School - $200 and Trophy, Medallion
Environmental Sciences Awards with CACIWC — MS Finalist - CACIWC gifts, CSF Medallion
Sustainable Resources and Practices Awards — Middle School Finalist – Medallion

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“I really liked SCHOLAR because people from different fields of science came in and spoke about what they have done to contribute to the huge spectrum of sciences, medicine, health, etc.  My favorite speaker was Professor Marvin Chun. His presentation of psychology was engaging, interesting, and kept my focus the whole entire time. He got the audience involved just as he explained findings and observations in people. I’m considering several of the topics as my future career…”

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

Why is Science Important?

“Science is about much more that facts, figures, laws and equations. It’s a unique and powerful way of looking at the world we live in; one that helps us find real answers and tries to ensure that we are not fooling ourselves. It’s about values like respect for good evidence, over opinion or anecdote; it’s a state of mind that makes you criticize your own ideas - test them in a way that you think might break them. It’s about respecting the answers that nature gives to questions carefully asked.” 

Adrian Gaylard

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“I liked all of the Pathways to Science events, but the one that stands out the most was Pathways to Engineering. It was cool to see the engineering department at Yale and to see the demonstrations. I want to be an engineer, so being able to talk to Yale engineers about their work was amazing. Seeing their labs and how they work was also great. I had never been in a real lab before.   I learned a lot about nanotechnology and some possible careers, too.”

New Haven Student
Barnard Environmental Studies School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“Pathways to Science has enhanced my interests in the sciences and has helped me to understand science in a way school hasn’t. I always learn something new when I go to a Pathways event.”

New Haven Student
Mauro-Sheridan Science, Technology, & Communications School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“Pathways to Science has taught me firsthand how scientists work. I had never really known what it was like to be a scientist. “

New Haven Student
Mauro-Sheridan Science, Technology, & Communications School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs: 

“Pathways to Science has helped me learn more about the field I want to pursue, neurology, and about scientific topics that interest me. It has also provided me my first glimpse of botany.”

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“Getting Chemistry lessons in SCHOLAR last year was a HUGE advantage for my junior year. I’m glad I got that preparation.”

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“SCHOLAR has made me feel more confident about myself when speaking and performing publicly. It has also made me more eager to face challenges in school and in life.” 

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“I’ve connected to a bunch of adults during the SCHOLAR program. They’ve showed me that you’re always good in something, even when you don’t think you are. If you put your mind to it, you’ll achieve it.” 

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“After participating in SCHOLAR, I feel more confident and comfortable in my own skin and I feel like I get along better with people now. It influenced my educational views because now I feel like I have a duty to myself to try harder in school. For my future, I want to try even harder to achieve my dreams to pursue a science career.”

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“I like many of the Pathways to Science Events! The Peabody Museum was really interesting. I really loved that we got to go where normal tours can’t go and look at dinosaur bones and birds too. I think it’s amazing that we got to learn history through them.” 

New Haven Student
James Hillhouse High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach:

“I like attending many Pathways to Science Events. The Planetarium/Observatory was great! I really love learning about how our solar system was created and all the different types of stars and constellations we have. The best part was watching the movie inside. I felt like I was really going through space. It blew my mind!”

New Haven Student
Wilbur Cross High School

Why is Science Important?

“Science is not enough on its own, it also requires a large measure of creativity. Add ingenuity and you are in the realm of engineering.”

David M. Howard

Why is Science Important?

“Since knowledge leads to power, science also allows us to shape and influence our environment, and as such is at the root of todays global society”  

Jon Butterworth
Professor of Physics at University College London

Why is Science Important? 

“Without science, we’re as lost and scared as a Homo Erectus in a thunderstorm.” 

Mark Lewney
Musician and Science Presenter

What Students Are Saying About Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“The EVOLUTIONS Program was the greatest help with my college career. My greatest experience with the program was getting an internship in a Yale lab. It was an enjoyable experience that taught me skills and work ethics that I will take with me for the rest of my life. Few people even get the opportunity and I was glad to be one of them.” 

New Haven High School Student
Sound School

What Students Are Saying About Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“Being a part of the EVOLUTIONS After School Program has enabled me to do a ton of things that you normally wouldn’t do in a regular high school setting. With this program they really help you find out who you are as person and what your really capable of doing. And that’s something I believe everyone should experience before they head into a world that is bigger than what they imagine to be.” 

New Haven Student
Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School

What Students Are Saying About Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“Being involved in internships through the Yale Peabody Museum EVOLUTIONS Program has been a privilege and the highlight of my high school education.” 

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

Why is Science Important?

“Science is more than just the hard subject at school that preoccupied the smart kids. It is a way of thinking about our world that can lead to changing it for the better.” 

Jim Al-Khalili
Professor of Theoretical Physics and Chair in the Public Engagement in Science at the University of Surrey

Why is Science Important?

“Scientists pursue questions of how things work that range from the sub-atomic particle zipping through my coffee cup, to the metaphysics of baboons to the origin of ice-covered mountain ranges. Often the motivation is curiosity but the net result is expanding our collective knowledge and understanding. This process based knowledge and understanding is crucial to the long-term survival of our species as a society.” 

Robin Bell
Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Why is Science Important?

“Science is a window to the future of humanity.”

Andy Miah
University of the West of Scotland

Why is Science Important?

“Science is a powerful expression of two of the defining qualities of humans - creativity and curiosity; especially when creativity and curiosity are used to explore, and try to make sense of, our place in the universe.” 

Ray Mathias

Why is Science Important?

“While what IS (truth) will not lead us to find any better what OUGHT we do (choices), yet what IS will definitely guide not only what needs to be done, but also how to realistically achieve it. Thus, the importance of Science in leading us to Truth.” 

Sandeep Gautam

Why is Science Important? 

“Science is important because, just as much as literature, or art, or music, it teaches us to be human. It’s part of us, part of who we are.” 

Richard P. Grant
Molecular Cell Biochemist

Why is Science Important? 

“Truth is better than illusion, and science has found ways to find out how the universe works, how we can interact with it, and what is likely to happen next.” 

Dr. Susan Blackmore
Freelance writer, Lecturer and Broadcaster,

Why Science is Important? 

“Science is important because it satisfies our curiosity about the world we live in. Amazing new technologies often result from science, but that shouldn’t be why we do science. We do science for the same reason Columbus set sail in search of new lands, for the same reason Tenzing and Hillary climbed to the top of Everest: curiosity” 

Jacob Aron
Mathematician and Science Writer