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  • 53rd Monmouth Junior Science Symposium

    March 19 & 20, 2015
    Monmouth University - West Long Branch, NJ

    The Monmouth Junior Science Symposium delegation included the top five paper presenters. They presented their original research at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Hunt Valley, Maryland on April 29 - May 2. The National JSHS brought together 230 high school students who qualified for attendance by submitting and presenting original scientific research papers in regional symposia held at universities nationwide.

    Alon Millet won 1st Place in Life Sciences for his research project Phytobiological Responses to Cellulose Binding Domain: Mechanisms, Implications, and Commercialization. Rachel Han was a poster session winner for her research Celecoxib Off Label: Melanoma and Wound Healing. Both students are from Bergen County Academies in New Jersey.

    The JSHS is a tri-service program funded by the Army, Navy and Air Force that encourages high school students to conduct original research in STEM. JSHS sponsors include: Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology); Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA; and Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Washington, DC, in cooperation with higher education. The National JSHS Program is administered by the Academy of Applied Science, a non-profit educational organization located in Concord, New Hampshire. Details on the JSHS Regional and National events are available at www.jshs.org/.


    This year's 2015 MJSS included two topic areas sponsored by the Army. One was for the Best in Nanotechnology, for qualified papers from selected students whose research papers apply to this field. The next was from selected papers that qualify for Best in Advanced Materials Science (Additive Manufacturing), for those students interested in research papers related to materials science. The winners or 1st runner-ups selected from each topic area will receive a 'Tour of Duty' to meet with Army experts, respectively, who support Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Science.

    2015 WINNERS

    Best in Nanotechnology:

    John Christian Fantell
    Spectrophotometric Analysis of a Silicate-Polyvinyl Alcohol Antiglare Photovoltaic Device
    Colonia High School

    Runner up:
    Anisha Mahat
    Effect of Human Prostate Cancer Cell on Mouse Osteocyte Sclerostin Expression in vitro
    High Tech High School

    Best in Advanced Materials Science & Manufacturing:

    David Lin
    Investigating the Application of Cellulose in Biodegradable Flame Retardant Polymer Blends
    Holmdel High School

    Runner up:
    Kylie Long
    Microfluidic Devices: Novel Fabrication Technique and Microchannel Design for Micromixing
    High Tech High School

    Best in Robotics & Prosthetic Device Technologies:

    Precious Martinez
    Innovative Wheelchair Design to Make a Handicap Independent
    AEA Union City High School

    Runner up: none

    Read about one 2013 MJSS winner and his personal tour of Picatinny Arsenal's laboratories.

    2014 MJSS participants included John Fantell from Colonia High School and Vincent Chen from High Technology High School.

    2015 MJSS Winners

    Paper Presenter Winners

    • First Place: Heather Newman
      Optimized Sensor Implementation in 2-D and 3-D Vicinities Using Graph Theory
      Colonia High School
      Jim Danch, Teacher
    • Second Place: Alon Millet
      Phytobiological Responses to Cellulose Binding Domain: Mechanisms and Implications
      Bergen County Academies
      Donna Leonardi, Teacher
    • Third Place: Isabella Martin
      The Effect of Ethoxyquin and Valproic Acid on the Chemotherapy-Induced Degeneration of Astrocytes
      Bergen County Academies
      Donna Leonardi, Teacher
    • Honorable Mention: Rachael Han
      The Whole Picture: The Role of Celecoxib on PGE2 Levels and Wound Healing in Melanoma
      Bergen County Academies
      Donna Leonardi, Teacher
    • Honorable Mention: Sabina London
      Tumorigenic LAM cells suppress immunity through induction of macrophage differentiation into myeloid-derived suppressor cells
      Northern Valley Regional @ Demarest
      Jennifer Cusmano-King, Teacher

    Poster Presenter Winners

    • First Place: Ellen Wu
      The Role of Cypin in Regulating H9c2 Myoblast Cell Body Size
      Freehold High School, Freehold, NJ
      Leslie Withstandley, Teacher
    • Second Place: Queenie Luo
      Shoe Charger for Cell Phones: Generating Sufficient Battery Power through Everyday Walking
      High Technology High School, Lincroft, NJ
      Michael Roche, Teacher
    • Third Place: Hee-Sung Kim
      Ghrelin's Effect on GLP1: Relation to Diabetes
      Bergen County Academies, Bergen County, NJ
      Donna Leonardi, Teacher

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