4 Loudoun Students Take Home Top Science Fair Awards

Four students earned Intel finalist awards at last week’s 36th annual Loudoun County Public Schools Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

The finalists and their projects are:

  • Loudoun County High School student Aditi Bawa: Development and testing of 45S5 Bioglass via acid and base sol-gel polymerization and fusing onto Gallus domesticus cervical bones for bone grafting treatment;
  • Stone Bridge High School and Academy of Science student Soham Dessai: Synthesized limpet snail teeth: an inexpensive novel nanocomposite for stronger biocompatible prosthetics;
  • Potomac Falls and Academy of Science student Devina Thapa: Reinventing the catheter: inhibiting UTIs by creating a novel material integrated with Castanea sativa to inhibit quorum sensing among nosocomial infection-causing bacteria;
  • Woodgrove High School and Academy of Science student Josef Zimmerman: The stability of Bahcall-Wolf cusps of dark matter orbiting supermassive black hole binary systems.

These four students will represent Loudoun County at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles in May.

Additional Regional Science and Engineering Fair Award winners included: William Cho (John Champe High School), the Willowcroft Science Scholarship; Jackie Curley (Academy of Science), the Willowcroft Science Scholarship Teacher Award; Buell Hollister (Dominion High School), the Anthony Colosi Memorial Scholarship; Denise Wingfield (Dominion High School), the Anthony Colosi Memorial Teacher Award; Jeevna Prakash (Dominion High School and Academy of Science), Malvika Kuncham (Broad Run High School and Academy of Science) and Buell Hollister (Dominion High School), the Rehau Sustainable Loudoun Environmental Sustainability Award.

A record 284 students participated in the fair, submitting a total of 208 projects. Read Loudoun Now‘s coverage of the science fair here.

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