Students from Quaker Valley grades 8-12 attended this year’s Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) at Duquesne University. PJAS gives students the chance to present their experimental methods and analysis to a panel of judges including local science teachers, college professors and industry scientists. Any student earning a 1st place award is invited to present their experiment again at the PJAS state competition at Penn State University in May.
Sophia Besterman: 2nd place award for "Effect of Roundup on the Regeneration of Planarian"
Lucy Fardo: 2nd place award for "The Effect of Type of Flour on the Mass of a Cupcake"
Julia Garvic: 1st place award for "Lights Have Feelings Too!'
Rebecca Graham: 1st place award for "Analyzing the Effects of Dyslexia Font & Screen Size on Reading Success in Dyslexics"
Lindsay Gledhill: 1st place award for "Analyzing the Effect of Fertilizers on Plant Growth"
Rena Gilligan: 1st place award for “The Effect of Yardage on a Swimmer's Time"
Oliver Graham: 1st place award for "Analyzing the effect of mouse DPI on accuracy"
Oliver also won a Duquesne University Excellence Award for having the top middle school experiment in Computer Science.
Luke Greb: 1st place award for "Does singing with more people make people less nervous?"
Ellie Graham: 2nd place award for "Do Different Activities Influence Our Perception of Color?"
Emma Grubb: 2nd place award for "Analyzing Impact of Phytoremediation on Leached Plastics in Freshwater"
Amelia Hermann: 1st place, and awarded Dr. Kurt Schreiber Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry Sugar Tech: Testing Low Tech Solutions For High Tech Matters"
Scarlett Hudson:1st place, and awarded Duquesne University Excellence in Microbiology "Effect of Puncture on Biofilm Growth in Saline Implants"
Meera Kumar: 2nd place award for "The Affect of Temperature on Hair Lighteners"
Conor Kelley: 2nd place award for "Effect of Positive Encouragement on Optimism"
Hope Linge: 2nd place award for "How Different Temperatures of Hydrogen Peroxide Clean a Cut"
Jeana McCracken: 1st place award for "Analyzing the Affect of Personality Traits on Teamwork"
Phoebe Morrill: 2nd place award for "Testing the Strength of Alternate Aggregates in Concrete"
Isabella Murano: 2nd place award for "Do Different Types of Fruit Affect the Shelf Life of Yogurt?"
Mary Pangburn: 1st place award for "The Effect of Volunteer Work on Geriatric Mood"
Sydney Persuit: 1st place award for "The Effects of Artificial Sugars on Slime Molds"
Michael Ponzo: 1st place award for "Type of container vs Food preservation"
Michael also won an Duquesne University for having the top middle school score in Chemistry
Mia Rosa Pugliano: 1st place award for "Effect of Areas of Income on One's Willingness to Interact"
Taruna Singh - 1st place, and awarded Duquesne University Excellence in Pharmocology
"The Effect of Ibuprofen on Bifidobacterium Composition in the Microbiome"
Emma Smith: 2nd place award for "The Effect of Common Pollutants on the Wisconsin Fast Plant"
Jillian Umstead: 1st place award for "The Impact of Gender on Aggression, Competition and Empathy"