2018 National JSHS Winners

2018 National JSHS 1st Place Winners in the Oral Competition

U.S. Top STEM Students Win Scholarships at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 56th National JSHS competition held in Hunt Valley, MD on May 2-5, 2018. The 3-day event was organized and supported by the United States Army, Navy, and Air Force and administered by The Academy of Applied Science, a non-profit STEM education organization. The National competition is the United States’ premiere showcase for STEM research by high school students. Students must first present their research at one of 47 regional competitions hosted by universities and colleges in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Department of Defense Schools in Europe and Pacific. The top five students from each region were invited to participate in oral presentations or poster presentations at the national event. We recognized students presenting their research in poster format with first, second, and third place as well as a special peer review award. In the oral presentation sessions, three winners in each session category earned scholarships ranging from $4,000-$12,000.

1st Place Oral Presentations

2018 National JSHS 1st Place Winners in the Oral Competition

Environmental Science

Grace Hall, Missouri JSHS, Camdenton High School
The Inhibition of β-glucosidase Through Exposure to (S)-4-Hydroxymandelnitrile-β-D-glucopyranoside: Applications in the Eradication of Lespedeza cuneata via Enzyme Inhibition

Bioengineering, Biomedical, Behavioral Sciences

Suraj Srinivasan, Ohio JSHS, Strongsville High School
Development of a Mosquito-Inspired Insertion Guide to Prevent Flexible Intracortical Microelectrodes from Buckling During Implantation

Medicine and Health

Cheryl Blackmer, Iowa JSHS, Ballard High School
LAMP Assay for Powassan Virus

Cellular/Molecular Biology

David Huang, Hawaii JSHS, Iolani School
A Morphokinetic and Machine Learning Model for Aneuploidy Screening of Human Preimplantation Embryos

Engineering and Technology

Eshika Saxena, Washington JSHS, Interlake High School
HemaCam: A Computer Vision-Enhanced Mobile Phone Imaging System for Automated Screening of Hematological Diseases with Convolutional Neural Networks

Physical Sciences including physics, astronomy, and engineering

Daniel Shen, North Carolina JSHS, William G. Enloe Magnet High School
Micro Optics to Improve Illumination Uniformity for LED-based Luminaires

Chemistry and Materials Science

Skyler Jones, New York Upstate JSHS, Ossining High School
Large Polaron Formation as a Charge Carrier Protection Mechanism in MAPbBr3 and CsPbBr3 Perovskite

Mathematics and Computer Sciences

Lillian Petersen, Southwest JSHS, Los Alamos High School
Predicting Food Shortages in Africa from Satellite Imagery

2nd Place Oral Presentations

2018 National JSHS 2nd Place Winners in the Oral Competition

Environmental Science

Anjali Chadha, Kentucky JSHS, DuPont Manual High School
Development of a Fully Automated 3-D Printed loT Sensor for Arsenic Detection in Groundwater

Bioengineering, Biomedical, Behavioral Sciences

Arjun Goyal, New York Upstate JSHS, Byram Hills High School
Exploring the Role of the Endocannabinoid System in the Treatment of Neuropathic-Depressive Behavior and Acute Anxiety

Medicine and Health

Cole Maxwell, North Central JSHS, Breck School
More Than Skin Deep: Deciphering the Role of Bartonella henselae Infection in Melanoma Cancer Metastasis (Phase 2)

Cellular/Molecular Biology

Rajiv Movva, Northern California-Western Nevada JSHS, The Harker High School
SNPpet: Computational Dissection of the Noncoding Genome Reveals Regulatory Sequence Patterns and Disease-Causing Mutations

Engineering and Technology

Raghav Ganesh, California Northern-Western Nevada JSHS, Lynbrook High School
Serene: An Assistive Solution to Predict and Prevent Autistic Meltdowns Using a Wearable Device, Mobile Application, and Cloud Service

Physical Sciences including physics, astronomy, and engineering

Justin Wang, Virginia JSHS, Chantilly High School
The Effect of Spectral Content on Acoustic and Synthesized Timbre

Chemistry and Materials Science

Brendon Choy, New York Metro JSHS Region, Hunter College High School
Cutting Off Cancer – Design, Analysis, and Synthesis of Novel Vascular Disrupting Agents

Mathematics and Computer Sciences

Amaan Khan, Illinois-Chicago JSHS, Plainfield South High School
Self-Driving Autonomous Car

3rd Place Oral Presentations

2018 National JSHS 3rd Place Winners in the Oral Competition

Environmental Science

Beatrice Milnes, Pennsylvania JSHS, Taylor Allderdice High School
Marcophages are Required for Lizard Tail Regeneration

Bioengineering, Biomedical, Behavioral Sciences

Katelyn France, North Central JSHS, Hinckley-Finlayson High School
“Anaphylactic Shocker!”: The Use of a Dynamic QR Code Medical Bracelet and Connected Bluetooth Carrying Case to Locate and Administer a Practice Epinephrine Auto-Injector During a Staged Medical Emergency

Medicine and Health

Arukshita Goel, Ohio JSHS Region, Sylvania Southview High School
Platelet Releasates Kill C. albicans

Cellular/Molecular Biology

Lily DeBell, Maryland JSHS, Baltimore Polytechnic High School
Mental Dependency of E. coli Cas1

Engineering and Technology

Tyler Delargy, New England Northern JSHS, Bangor High School
Developing a Tactile Depth Map for the Blind

Physical Sciences including physics, astronomy, and engineering

Anderson Thrasher, Georgia JSHS, Henry W. Grady High School
The Search for Newborn Stars: Observing Bok Globules Using Infrared Archival Data

Chemistry and Materials Science

Kendra Zhang, New York Long Island JSHS Region, Jericho High School
Paper-based Microbial Fuel Cells for Self-Powered Sustainable Disease Monitoring

Mathematics and Computer Sciences

Tiffany Fang, New Jersey Shore JSHS, High Technology High School
A Hierarchical Traffic Safety Model with Human Factors and Road Characteristics

Poster Presentations

 

1st Place Poster Presentations2018 National JSHS 1st Place Winners in the Poster Competition

Environmental Science

Ankush Dhawan, Signature School, Indiana JSHS

Biomedical, Molecular/Cellular Biology

Stuti Dalal, Shawnee Mission East High School, Kansas-Nebraska-Oklahoma JSHS

Medicine, Health, Behavioral Sciences

Vaidya Parthasarathy, Clear Lake High School, Texas JSHS

Life Science

Sepher Asgari, Carmel High School, Indiana JSHS

Engineering and Technology

Raina Jain, Greenwich High School, Connecticut JSHS

Physics and Astronomy

Ana Humphrey, T.C. Williams High School, Greater Washington, DC JSHS

Chemistry; Materials Science

Vikram Ruppa-Kasani, Chattahoochee High School, Georgia JSHS

Mathematics and Computer Sciences

Maanasa Mendu, William Mason High School, Ohio JSHS

2nd Place Poster Presentations

2018 National JSHS 2nd Place Winners in Poster Competition

Environmental Science

Natasha Stamler, The Bronx High School of Science, New York  Metro JSHS

Biomedical, Molecular/Cellular Biology

Rachel Silverstein, Shawnee Mission West High School, Kansas-Nebraska, Oklahoma JSHS

Medicine, Health, Behavioral Sciences

Jonathan Ko, Mission San Jose High School, California Northern-Western Nevada JSHS

Life Science

Aslan Cook, Kamehameha High School Kapālama, Hawaii JSHS

Engineering and Technology

Andrei Spiride, IB World School at Plano East Senior High School, Texas JSHS

Physics and Astronomy

Lilly Gonzalez, DuPont Manual High School, Kentucky JSHS

Chemistry; Materials Science

Maya Geradi, Wilbur Cross High School, Connecticut JSHS

Mathematics and Computer Sciences

Varun Shenoy, Cupertino High School, California Northern, Western Nevada JSHS

3rd Place Poster Presentations

2018 National JSHS 3rd Place Winners in the Poster Competition

Environmental Science

Martha Christino, T.C. Williams High School,  Greater Washington DC JSHS

Biomedical, Molecular/Cellular Biology

Nora Gera, Sylvania Northview High School, Ohio JSHS

Medicine, Health, Behavioral Science

Julienne Chaqour, High Technology High School, New Jersey Shore JSHS

Life Science

Ritikraj Arya, Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School, Alabama JSHS

Engineering and Technology

Veenadhari Kollipara, Interlake High School, Washington JSHS

Physics and Astronomy

Celeste Jongeneelen, Homeschool, Hawaii JSHS

Chemistry; Materials Science

Saehui Hwang, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, California Southern JSHS

Mathematics and Computer Sciences

Adelle Fernando, North Allegheny Senior High School, Pennsylvania JSHS

Poster Peer Review Award

Andrea Alvarado Zarate, Puerto Rico JSHS, Thomas Armstrong High School
Study of Epigenetic and Morphological Effects due to the Decrease of p53 in Ovarian Cancer Cells on the (TOV-21G) by Applying a Treatment Based on the Ethanolic Extract of the Annona muricata

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in JSHS this year.
We are honored that you made our program part of your high school experience!