Over the weekend of May 3-4, 2019, seven St. Markers—all participants in the School's Taft STEM Fellowship program—competed in the annual Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Out of more than 200 high school competitors from all across the Commonwealth, four St. Mark' students placed and were recognized with awards.
Amy Wang '19 received a 3rd Level award (finishing ahead of more than140 competing projects)— $100 from the Cabot Corporation and the Prentice Hall Book Award. Haley Dion '19 was recipient of a 2nd Level award (finishing in the top 40 of all projects)— $100 Cabot Science and Technology Award and the U.S. Naval Science Award for her project entitled The Regulatory Impact of ApoE on IGF1 Signalling Alzheimer's Disease. Kerrie Verbeek '19 finished ahead of more than 170 other competitors with her project studying the Effects of Exercise on Aggression in a SigA Model of Schizophrenia and was presented with a 2019 Cabot Corporation Award ($500). Verbeek was also selected as the second alternate for the 2019 National Youth Science Camp Award.
Jiwon Choi '19 placed third out of all 200-plus projects, earning her the 2019 STEM Power Prize ($1000). Choi's project— Bio-Ink: Evaluation of Protein as Biomaterials for 3D Printing—already won the Worcester Regional Science Fair in Worcester this past March. She will travel to Phoenix, Arizona to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair, May 13-17.
"Our STEM Fellows represented St. Mark's extraordinarily well at MIT this past weekend," said Science Department Chair Lindsey Lohwater. "They were courteous, supportive of other fair participants, and represented their hard work very well."
Congratulations to all and good luck to Jiwon next week!