SVGS Students at Regional Science Fair

Thirty nine SVGS research students participated in the 2019 Shenandoah Valley Regional Science Fair sponsored by James Madison University on March 7. The Shenandoah Valley Regional Science Fair is affiliated with the ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair).  Participating localities included: Highland County  Bath County  Rockbridge County  Staunton City  Winchester City  Page County  Harrisonburg City  Warren County  Shenandoah County Augusta County  Rockingham County  Frederick County
Each student was required to create an exhibit documenting their research project and participate in a question and answer session.  University professors and practicing scientists served as volunteer judges evaluating entries in eighteen categories.
The following Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School students were recognized among this year’s regional science fair winners:
Category Students Award Title
Animal Science Bella Eavers
Effect of Light Color On Weight Gain and Activity of Beef Cattle
Animal Science Matthew Hodge Effects of Animal Characteristics on Adoption Rates
Animal Science Lukas Barragan &            Roth Landes Effect of concentration of Sodium Bicarbonate on associative learning in Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans)
Animal Science Lauren Porter* & Madison Walton*
Society for In Vitro Biology, 1st
Effect of pure sweeteners and commercial sweeteners on the heart rate of Daphnia magna
Behavioral and Social Sciences Haley Carpenter
Relationship Between Sexual Assault Rate on College Campus and the Surrounding Area
Biochemistry Clara Riggan Effect of pH and Temperature on the Cellobiase Enzyme
Cellular & Molecular Biology Marshall Ritchie*
Effect of type and concentration of glucose-based sugars on the cryopreservation survivability of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae cells
Chemistry Luca Campbell Effect of pH on Tensile Strength of Medical Sutures
Chemistry Tabby McClung Effects of pH Variation on Pretreated Fruit Peel Adsorption of Heavy Metal Ions
Engineering Lyndsay Harris
Effect of Soap Box Derby Car Body Design on Race Times
Energy & Transportation Tiernan Rhodes
Optimization of the Efficiency of Flexible Solar Panels: Effects of Frequency and Incidence
Energy & Transportation Addison Surratt
Naval Science Award
Environmental Science April Harper* & Kendall Pillar*
Effect of oil-eating bacteria on refined motor oil and synthetic motor oil
Environmental Science Cord Lowman
NASA Earth System Science Award
Effects of Forest Fires on Soil
Medicine and Health Hannah Campbell
Effect of Leg Angle on Ground Reaction Force Experienced by Dancers
Micorbiology Emma Woodworth & Luke Young Comparing the Effects of Penicillin and Ampicillin on E. coli and Staphylococcus epidermidis
Micorbiology Laura Craft & Gabby Lentini The Reproduction and Invasion of E. coli due to Nutrient Availability
Micorbiology Stefan Dewald
Effect of Artificial Sweeteners on Escherichia coli
Micorbiology Will Parrott
Effectiveness of Natural and Chemical Food Preservatives on the Growth of Pseudomonas flourescens
Micorbiology Tantima Sattayaphanichkul & Margaret Wirth Antibiotic Ampicillin and T4 Bacteriophage Tested on Escherichia coli Bacteria to Determine a Difference in Effectiveness of Preventing Infections
Micorbiology Celeste Willets & Abby Soyars Antibacterial Effect of Garlic (Allium sativum) Versus Streptomycin on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus epidermidis
Micorbiology Maggie Trainum*& Noah Warlitner*
Lideos Award, 1st
Effects of Natural and Chemical Disinfectants on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus Epidermidis
Micorbiology Brianna Allen & Madison Cavender Effect of four main active ingredients, thyme oil, alkyl C12-16 dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride, citric acid, and ethyl alcohol, on the zones of inhibition of E. coli k-12 and S. epidermidis
Plant Science Ryan Hearl*
American Meteorological Science Award, 1st
Effect of Ozone on the Rate of Photosynthesis in Wisconsin Fast-Plants (Brassica rapa)
Plant Science Paige Crawford & Meredith Lloyd
Possible Genetically Modified DNA Sequences in Store-Bought and Farmer’s Market Apples
*Qualified to participate in the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair April 6 at Berglund Special Events Center in Roanoke, VA
**As the Lideos Award Winner, MAGGIE TRAINUM & NOAH WARLITNER have qualified as finalist for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF).  Intel ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, providing an annual forum for more than 1,600 high school students from over 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research and compete for more than $4 million in awards. Intel ISEF will be held May 12-17 in Phoneix, AZ.

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