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Students shine at GA Science & Engineering Fair

By Poornima Narayanan Email By Poornima Narayanan
June 2019
Students shine at GA Science & Engineering Fair

 

(Left) Arnav Jain, who developed an Intelligent Medical Stapler.

An impressive number of Gwinnett County Indian American students scooped up awards at the 71st annual Georgia Science & Engineering Fair (GSEF) at the University of Georgia.

Arnav Jain, an 11th grader at Gwinnett School of Mathematics Science & Technology, was conferred the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair Trip Award for developing and programming an Intelligent Medical Stapler. The prototype uses machine learning to recognize a model of skin and executes medical grade staples to suture wounds. The project’s goal is to improve accuracy, prevent scarring, and reduce infection rates following surgical procedures requiring staples to close wounds.

Hull Middle School student Shriya Tailor’s project, titled “The Electrochemistry in a Salt Water Battery”, won her several honors—the Broadcom Masters Award, Best in Category (Chemistry), and First Honors.

Another Hull Middle School student, Rajveer Singh was awarded the Quality American Psychological Society Award and Tellus’ Future Science Stars Award for his project, “The Effect of Blue and Orange Tinted Screens on Sleep.”

Jagdish Desai and Suhas Gaddam, with fellow student Changiun Lu (Gwinnett School of Mathematics Science & Technology) were honored with the U. S. Air Force Achievement Award for their work on “The Effect of Wingtip Devices on the Lift-to-Drag Ratio of a Wing.”

Lilburn MS students Judy Mammen and Manahil Ahmed picked up First Honors for their project, interestingly titled “The Skinny on our Moisturizers.”

Winners from other counties included the following:
top prize winner, Ananya Ganesh from The Westminster Schools, Fulton County, whose "Early Onset Scoliosis: Predicting Clinical Outcomes" won the PINNACLE PRIZE, GEORGIA BIOGENEIUS CHALLENGE AWARD, INTEL EXCELLENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AWARD, GSEF BEST IN CATEGORY COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY & BIOINFORMATICS SR DIV, REGIONAL FAIR ISEF TRIP WINNER - ATLANTA REGIONAL, GEORGIA SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR GRAND AWARD, and several other awards and who went on to win a Grand Award at the International Fair, national award at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, and High Honors at the International BioGenius Challenge.

Also (Award, Student, School, Project):
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION AWARD
Shreya Ramesh, Milton High School - FULTON COUNTY
Real-Time Analysis of Emotions for Neurological Disorder Patients
ASM MATERIALS EDUCATION FOUNDATION AWARD
Aaditya Saha, Chamblee Charter High School - DEKALB COUNTY
Designing Shock Absorbing Composites Using Dilatancy Principles
BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM ANIMAL HEALTH BIOTECHNOLOGY AWARD 2ND PLACE JUNIOR DIVISION
Tanay Pathakamuri, Blackmon Road Middle School - MUSCOGEE COUNTY
Silver vs. Bacteria: Two Micro Fighters
BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM ANIMAL HEALTH INTEL ISEF OBSERVER AWARD
Harshita Challa, Milton High School - FULTON COUNTY
From STEM Cells to Organs: A Bioengineering Miracle
BROADCOM MASTERS NOMINEES
Zeenia Charania, River Trail Middle School - FULTON COUNTY
Rest in Peace, Grease
Lana Das, Dodgen Middle School - COBB COUNTY
Pacifood
Druvitha Lokasani, DeSana Middle School - FORSYTH COUNTY
Creating Biodegradable Plastics Using Common Chemicals
Misha Patel, Dodgen Middle School - COBB COUNTY
Pacifood
Sneha Sadhu, DeSana Middle School - FORSYTH COUNTY
Creating Biodegradable Plastics Using Common Chemicals
GEORGIA AQUARIUM CONSERVATION AWARD - SENIOR DIVISION
Shrika Madivanan, Chamblee Charter High School - DEKALB COUNTY
Rubbish: Trashy Pics Make for a Less Litter Filled Environment
GEORGIA SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION AWARD FOR CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING SENIOR DIVISION
Raka Chakraborty, Northview High School - FULTON COUNTY
Early Diagnosis of Sleep Apnea Using Tests and Machine Learning
Dristi Shah, Northview High School - FULTON COUNTY
Early Diagnosis of Sleep Apnea Using Tests and Machine Learning
GEORGIA VETERINARY MEDICAL AUXILIARY AWARD - JUNIOR DIVISION
Sameeha Lalani, Bennett's Mill Middle School - FAYETTE COUNTY
Does the pH Level of Acidity Affect the Activity of Insects?
INSPIRING EXCELLENCE AWARD - STUDENT
Asha Gopu, Eagle's Landing High School - HENRY COUNTY
Analyzing the Effect of Embolic Agents in the TACE Method for HCC
INTEL EXCELLENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AWARD
Aditya Bora, Johns Creek High School - FULTON COUNTY
Robotic Therapy Device to Improve Hand Movement and Coordination
Akaash Dash, Milton High School - FULTON COUNTY
Macular Disease Detection with OCT Imaging Using Machine Learning
MOLECULE-R FLAVORS AWARD - JUNIOR DIVISION
Milan Yadav, Freedom Middle School Canton - CHEROKEE COUNTY
How Much Fat Is Really in Your Food?
NABT BIOLOGY & LIFE SCIENCE PROJECT AWARD - SENIOR DIVISION
Priyanka Akavaram, Milton High School - FULTON COUNTY
pH-Sensitive Encapsulation for Gastrointestinal Target Delivery
Kareena Dash, Milton High School - FULTON COUNTY
pH-Sensitive Encapsulation for Gastrointestinal Target Delivery
Priyanka Parikh, Columbus High School - MUSCOGEE COUNTY
Developing a Novel Vector for Inducible Knockdown in CD8 T Cells
NASA EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE AWARD
Anika Chawla, Centennial High School - FULTON COUNTY
DNA Barcoding: Analyzing Pond Draining and Ecosystem Health
Ajay Pandey, Centennial High School - FULTON COUNTY
DNA Barcoding: Analyzing Pond Draining and Ecosystem Health
Bodhana Veeramachaneni, Centennial High School - FULTON COUNTY
DNA Barcoding: Analyzing Pond Draining and Ecosystem Health
NATIONAL YOUTH SCIENCE CAMP AWARD
Priyanka Parikh, Columbus High School - MUSCOGEE COUNTY
Developing a Novel Vector for Inducible Knockdown in CD8 T Cells
NAVAL SCIENCE AWARD - JUNIOR DIVISION
Prakash Gupta, General Ray Davis Middle School - ROCKDALE COUNTY
Application of Traffic Optimization Algorithms to Intersections
NAVAL SCIENCE AWARD - SENIOR DIVISION
Priya Soneji, Milton High School - FULTON COUNTY
Using Machine Learning to Detect Bad Posture
NOAA - TAKING THE PULSE OF THE PLANET AWARD
Aesha Shah, River Trail Middle School - FULTON COUNTY
The Effectiveness of Biomass on Oil Sorption
STOCKHOLM JUNIOR WATER PRIZE REGIONAL AWARD
Parvati Menon, Lambert High School - FORSYTH COUNTY
Smart Irrigation System
Sweta Munagapati, South Forsyth High School - FORSYTH COUNTY
Natural Edible Compounds to Reduce Lead Concentrations in Water
TELLUS' FUTURE SCIENCE STARS AWARD - ALTERNATE
Crystal Favorito, Centennial High School - FULTON COUNTY
Rate-Based Arrhythmia Detector
Zakwan Khan, Woodstock High School - CHEROKEE COUNTY
Investigating the Role of the Cat-2 Gene in Substance Dependence
Druvitha Lokasani, DeSana Middle School - FORSYTH COUNTY
Creating Biodegradable Plastics Using Common Chemicals
Ruhi Patel, Dutchtown High School - HENRY COUNTY
Too Hot to Handle: The Effect of Spices on Bacteria
Sneha Sadhu, DeSana Middle School - FORSYTH COUNTY
Creating Biodegradable Plastics Using Common Chemicals
TELLUS' FUTURE SCIENCE STARS AWARD
Sheil Dharan, Piney Grove Middle School - FORSYTH COUNTY
Using Machine Learning to Predict Asthma in Developing Countries
Maitreya Kayyar, Godley Station School - CHATHAM COUNTY
Trash or Bricks?
Romil Mehta, Dodgen Middle School - COBB COUNTY
Eco-Friendly Electromagnetic Maglev Train
Viha Umashankar, Riverwood High School - FULTON COUNTY
Wind Works
UGA CELLULAR BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT AWARD SENIOR DIVISION
Priyanka Parikh, Columbus High School - MUSCOGEE COUNTY
Developing a Novel Vector for Inducible Knockdown in CD8 T Cells
UGA MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT AWARD JUNIOR DIVISION
Rayan Afsar, Pinckneyville Middle School - GWINNETT COUNTY
Economic Recessions: A Mathematical Analysis
US FOREST SERVICE BEST INTEGRATION OF SOCIAL & PHYSICAL NATURAL SCIENCE JUNIOR DIVISION AWARD
Meghana Malempati, Autrey Mill Middle School - FULTON COUNTY
The Effects of Acid Rain on Types of Wood in Georgian Climate
WOMEN IN SCIENCE AT UGA AWARD - JUNIOR DIVISION
Zeenia Charania, River Trail Middle School - FULTON COUNTY
Rest in Peace, Grease
WOMEN IN SCIENCE AT UGA AWARD - SENIOR DIVISION
Sudeepa Pisipati, South Forsyth High School - FORSYTH COUNTY
The Impact of EDTA on the Amount of Iron Absorbed by Basil Plants
YALE SCIENCE & ENGINEERING ASSOCIATION AWARD
Sara Makboul, Kennesaw Mountain High School - COBB COUNTY
Predicting Thermodynamic Properties of Carcinogenic Acrylamide
GEORGIA SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR DIRECTOR'S CHOICE AWARD SENIOR DIVISION
Divya Nori, Milton High School - FULTON COUNTY
iSense: App to Identify Linguistic Biomarkers of Mood Disorders
GEORGIA SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR STUDENT CHOICE - NEVER WOULD HAVE THOUGHT OF
and GEORGIA SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR OUTSTANDING 7TH GRADE PROJECT
and GSEF BEST IN CATEGORY BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING JR DIV
Lana Das, Dodgen Middle School - COBB COUNTY
Pacifood
Misha Patel, Dodgen Middle School - COBB COUNTY
Pacifood
GSEF BEST IN CATEGORY CHEMISTRY JR DIV
Shriya Tailor, Hull Middle School - GWINNETT COUNTY
The Electrochemistry in a Salt Water Battery
GSEF BEST IN CATEGORY COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY & BIOINFORMATICS JR DIV
Sheil Dharan, Piney Grove Middle School - FORSYTH COUNTY
Using Machine Learning to Predict Asthma in Developing Countries
GSEF BEST IN CATEGORY ENERGY: CHEMICAL JR DIV
Zeenia Charania, River Trail Middle School - FULTON COUNTY
Rest in Peace, Grease
GSEF BEST IN CATEGORY ENERGY: PHYSICAL JR DIV
Rohan Kumar, Fulton Science Academy - FULTON COUNTY
SUN - The Energy Equalizer
Khalil Lindo, Fulton Science Academy - FULTON COUNTY
SUN - The Energy Equalizer
GSEF BEST IN CATEGORY BEHAVIORAL & SOCIAL SCIENCE SR DIV
Divya Nori, Milton High School - FULTON COUNTY
iSense: App to Identify Linguistic Biomarkers of Mood Disorders
GSEF BEST IN CATEGORY BIOCHEMISTRY SR DIV
Priyanka Akavaram, Milton High School - FULTON COUNTY
pH-Sensitive Encapsulation for Gastrointestinal Target Delivery
Kareena Dash, Milton High School - FULTON COUNTY
pH-Sensitive Encapsulation for Gastrointestinal Target Delivery
GSEF BEST IN CATEGORY CELLULAR & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY SR DIV
Saitheja Pucha, Lakeside High School DeKalb - DEKALB COUNTY
Immunomodulation of Human Leukemia Cells by Probiotic Sources
GSEF BEST IN CATEGORY CHEMISTRY SR DIV
Sara Makboul, Kennesaw Mountain High School - COBB COUNTY
Predicting Thermodynamic Properties of Carcinogenic Acrylamide
GSEF BEST IN CATEGORY ENERGY: PHYSICAL SR DIV
Viha Umashankar, Riverwood High School - FULTON COUNTY
Wind Works
GSEF BEST IN CATEGORY ROBOTICS & INTELLIGENT MACHINES SR DIV
Aditya Bora, Johns Creek High School - FULTON COUNTY
Robotic Therapy Device to Improve Hand Movement and Coordination
GSEF BEST IN CATEGORY TRANSLATIONAL MEDICAL SCIENCE SR DIV
Zakwan Khan, Woodstock High School - CHEROKEE COUNTY
Investigating the Role of the Cat-2 Gene in Substance Dependence
REGIONAL FAIR ISEF TRIP WINNER - FULTON COUNTY REGIONAL
Divya Nori, Milton High School - FULTON COUNTY
iSense: App to Identify Linguistic Biomarkers of Mood Disorders
Shreya Ramesh, Milton High School - FULTON COUNTY
Real-Time Analysis of Emotions for Neurological Disorder Patients
REGIONAL FAIR ISEF TRIP WINNER - GEORGIA COLLEGE & STATE UNIV. REGIONAL
Ishan Viradia, Stratford Academy - BIBB COUNTY
CAM & TENS Are Effective in Opioid Tapering in High Risk Patients
REGIONAL FAIR ISEF TRIP WINNER - HOUSTON COUNTY REGIONAL
Isha Shah, Veterans High School - HOUSTON COUNTY
Testing the Effect of Metformin on GlpD and GlpK
REGIONAL FAIR ISEF TRIP WINNER - SOUTHWEST GEORGIA REGIONAL
Joyabhishek Charles, Americus-Sumter County High School N - SUMTER COUNTY
Mini-Hugs: Electrically Inflatable Cuffs to Reduce Stress and BP
GEORGIA SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR GRAND AWARD
Aditya Bora, Johns Creek High School - FULTON COUNTY
Robotic Therapy Device to Improve Hand Movement and Coordination
Zakwan Khan, Woodstock High School - CHEROKEE COUNTY
Investigating the Role of the Cat-2 Gene in Substance Dependence
Sara Makboul, Kennesaw Mountain High School - COBB COUNTY
Predicting Thermodynamic Properties of Carcinogenic Acrylamide
Divya Nori, Milton High School - FULTON COUNTY
iSense: App to Identify Linguistic Biomarkers of Mood Disorders
Priyanka Parikh, Columbus High School - MUSCOGEE COUNTY
Developing a Novel Vector for Inducible Knockdown in CD8 T Cells
Saitheja Pucha, Lakeside High School DeKalb - DEKALB COUNTY
Immunomodulation of Human Leukemia Cells by Probiotic Sources
GEORGIA SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR INTEL ISEF TRIP ALTERNATE
Zakwan Khan, Woodstock High School - CHEROKEE COUNTY
Investigating the Role of the Cat-2 Gene in Substance Dependence
GEORGIA SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR INTEL ISEF AWARD
Priyanka Parikh, Columbus High School - MUSCOGEE COUNTY
Developing a Novel Vector for Inducible Knockdown in CD8 T Cells
Saitheja Pucha *, Lakeside High School DeKalb - DEKALB COUNTY
Immunomodulation of Human Leukemia Cells by Probiotic Sources

https://www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/sites/default/files/gsef-2019-special-award-winners.pdf


[The article above is a Website Bonus Feature, appearing only on the website for June Newsmakers 2019, not in the print/digital issues.]

[Updated 6/10/19.]


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