SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EVER wonder about the antimicrobial activities of Clove Oil or how to extend mileage in electric vehicles? These are the very questions that Schmahl Science Workshop (SSW) students have been asking and researching. Under the mentorship of scientists and engineers, SSW students have been devising novel research projects in topics from engineering to zoology.
In March, students nervously waited at the 53rd Annual Synopsys Championship to see if their efforts were rewarded. Schmahl Science Students certainly think big—19 SSW students were awarded at the championship.
The Synopsys Championship is the regional science fair for Santa Clara County. Each year up to 900 students submit their research projects for judging in the fields of Biology, Engineering, and other categories. Students’ projects are judged based upon creativity and content compared to other same category and grade-level projects.
Students seeking mentorship on science fair projects are matched up with scientists and engineers through SSW’s award-winning Advanced Student Research Program (ASRP). In SSW’s laboratory, these mentors guide students through the research procedure, from laboratory safety to the presentation of analyzed data.
This year, 19 Schmahl Science Workshop students won awards at the 2013 Synopsys Championship. Special awards including the Robert Brownlee Best High School Project and US Coast Guard Auxiliary Prize were given to SSW students. The complete listing of winners is available at: https://www.science-fair.org/database/project_awards.php
Five of the 19 students moved on to the California State Science Fair (CSSF) and won the following awards:
- Nikash D. Shankar – Rambus Second Place Award, $200; Honorable Mention, MedImmune; UCLA Brain Research Institute Award, $100; Fourth Award Medicine Category.
- Shrey Sanjeev Desai —Third Award $100, Certificate of Achievement, American Association for Laboratory Animal Science; Honorable Mention Environmental Sciences.
- Amith Teja Galivanche—Third Award Biochemistry/Microbiology.
- Michelle Q. Xu—Fourth Award Biochemistry/Microbiology.
- Kriti Lall—Outstanding Sustainability Project and Silver Award, I-SWEEP Competition; Honorable Mention Environmental Sciences.
About Schmahl Science Workshops
Schmahl Science Workshops (SSW) is a non-profit partnership of students, parents, teachers, scientists and engineers who unite to foster the innate curiosity and love of science within children. Founded in 1996, SSW provides pre-K through 12th grade children with hands-on science workshops spanning biology, chemistry, earth science, forensics, math and physics. To find out more information, visit: www.schmahlscience.org