Four St. Mark's VI Form Taft STEM fellows competed at the virtual Worcester Regional Science and Engineering Fair in early March, and all qualified to enter the Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held the last week of April and first week of May.
Frances Hornbostel, a boarding student from New York, N.Y., earned an honorable mention for her project, "The Effect of Classical Music on Aggression in Fragile X Drosophila." Geetika Surapaneni, a day student from Worcester, Mass., earned a third-place award for her project, "Impact of Ketogenic Diet on Drosophila model of Traumatic Brain Injury." Elise Gobron, a day student from Southborough, also earned a third-place award for her project, "The Role of Inflammation and the Gut-Microbiome in Anxiety." Cara Mulcahey, a day student from Sudbury, Mass., earned a second-place award—and fourth place overall at the fair—for her project, "Disrupted circadian rhythm's impact on Drosophila modeling Alzheimer's."
Because of her fourth-place finish, Cara was able to participate in a "judge-off" with other students from different regions in Massachusetts for a chance to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair. Cara was chosen, and will be competing in a virtual version of ISEF this May. Cara is among the top 1,700 science scholars in the world who were selected to compete in this prestigious competition. This is the fifth time in the last six years that a St. Mark's STEM Fellowship project has earned this designation.
St. Mark's Science Department Chair Lindsey Lohwater said, "I could not be prouder of our fellows!"