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2021 VIRGINIA STATE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING PROJECT CATEGORY WINNERS
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Project CategoryAwardProject NumberProject Name
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Animal Sciences (ANIM)First PlaceANIM 4Developing Novel Bioprinted Hydrogels for Purification of Coal Ash Contaminated Environments: Assessing the Effects on Development Through a Danio rerio ModelAliciaCarvalhoRoanoke Valley Governor's School11Western Virginia Regional Science Fair
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LialaSofiRoanoke Valley Governor's School12
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Second PlaceANIM 2Analyzing Blue Light on Dugesia tigrina Regeneration to Model Human Epidermal Growth ProcessesMrunalKuteGodwin High School11Metro Richmond STEM Fair
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Third PlaceANIM 10The Effect of Oxygenator Design on the Survival Rate of Culex tarsalis LarvaeEmilyLionbergerMills E. Godwin High School11Metro Richmond STEM Fair
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Honorable MentionANIM 13Using the Embryonic Danio rerio Stress Response System to Investigate the Toxicity of Metal Oxide NanoparticlesUyen NhiTran12Western Virginia Regional Science Fair
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Biochemistry (BCHM)First PlaceBCHM 4Genomic Biomarker Discovery in Lung CancerCharlesZhengEpiscopal High School11Northern Virginia Regional Science Fair
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Second PlaceBCHM 1A New Treatment? An Analysis of the Effect of Known Phytochemicals on SARS-CoV-2 PathogenesisAatishSethiThe Governor's School at Innovation Park11Prince William-Manassas Regional Science Fair
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JasmineAgyepongJasmine Agyepong11
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Third PlaceBCHM 8The Novel Application and Mathematical Modeling of the Effect of Withaferin A on Beta-Amyloid Plaques in Alzheimer's DiseaseKinnariChaubalThomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology9Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fair
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Honorable MentionBCHM 6Protein Secondary Structure Assignment (SSA) by Clustering Amino Acid Residues in the Space of Topological DescriptorsSumanthRatnaThomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology11Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fair
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SagarGuptaThomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology11
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Behavioral and Social Sciences (BEHA)First PlaceBEHA 2Detecting Deception using Microexpressions and Audio Sentiments Extraction: A Machine Learning ApproachTanishJainThomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology10Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fair
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Sashvad (Sachin)Satish KumarThomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology10
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Second PlaceBEHA 10The Impact of Penalties, Population Density, and Partisanship on Compliance with Stay-at-Home Orders During COVID-19ColinBerryYorktown High School11Northern Virginia Regional Science Fair
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Third PlaceBEHA 11Use It or Lose It: An Analysis of Unnecessary Spending in Flexible Spending AccountsDiegoEliasBlacksburg High School12Blue Ridge Highlands Regional Science Fair
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Honorable MentionBEHA 9The Effects of Learning Style on Perceived Stress in High-Achieving High School Students in the 2020-2021 School YearHannahDodsonShenandoah Valley Governor's School12Shenandoah Valley Regional Science Fair
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Biomedical and Health Sciences (BMED)First PlaceBMED 6SeizureSeeker: A Novel Approach to Epileptic Seizure Detection Using Machine LearningTonyBrightCharles J. Colgan Sr. High School10Prince William-Manassas Regional Science Fair
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GabrielRalstonCharles J. Colgan Sr. High School10
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HamzaLateefCharles J. Colgan Sr. High School10
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Second PlaceBMED 5Identification of Novel Extracellular Vesicle Plasma and Tumor miRNAs for Rapid, Inexpensive Detection of Lung Cancer via Next Generation Sequencing, Bioinformatics, and In-Vitro Analyses In Conjunction with Machine Learning ClassificationPerisaAsharMaggie L Walker Governor's School for Government a12Metro Richmond STEM Fair
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Third PlaceBMED 9The Right Mask for the Task: The Effect of Different Face Masks on the Expelled Droplets or ParticlesZahraRizviYork High School9Tidewater Science & Engineering Fair
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Honorable MentionBMED 1Assessing the Efficacy of mRNA Vaccines Against Emerging SARS-CoV-2 VariantsAbhinavKarriRoanoke Valley Governor's School11Western Virginia Regional Science Fair
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Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CBIO)First PlaceCBIO 5Automated Bias Reduction in Deep Learning Based Melanoma Diagnosis Using a Semi-Supervised AlgorithmSaumanDasThomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology10Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fair
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Second PlaceCBIO 1A Hybrid Mathematical Model for COVID-19 Outbreak Predictions and Prevention Simulation Using Differential Equations and Machine LearningHaileyPanWoodson High School10Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fair
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Third PlaceCBIO 4Augmenting 3D, T1-Weighted, Magnetization-Prepared Rapid Acquisition with Gradient-Echo (MP-RAGE) Sequenced MRIs Through Gaussian Filters and Skull Stripping for Alzheimer¿s Disease Diagnosis via 3D CNNsKhoiNguyenThe Governor's School at Innovation Park12Prince William-Manassas Regional Science Fair
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AnishPothireddyThe Governor's School at Innovation Park12
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AshishPothireddyThe Governor's School at Innovation Park12
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Honorable MentionCBIO 6Boid-Agent Simulation of Covid-19 in a High School EnvironmentWoodHulseThe Governor's School for Science and Technology11Tidewater Science & Engineering Fair
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Cellular and Molecular Biology (CELL)First PlaceCELL 2Single-cell RNA Sequencing Analysis of Human Neural Grafts Revealed Unexpected Cell Type Underlying the Genetic Risk of Parkinson's DiseaseYingshanWangEpiscopal High School11Northern Virginia Regional Science Fair
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Second PlaceCELL 1Analyzing Custom DNA Oligo Synthesis Using a Polymerase Chain Reaction to Target TGFR-B1MadisonBrownRoanoke Valley Governor's School11Western Virginia Regional Science Fair
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DhruviPatelRoanoke Valley Governor's School11
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Chemistry (CHEM)First PlaceCHEM 3New Methods for Computing the Configurational Entropy of Deeply Supercooled Liquids with the Potential Energy LandscapeKaienYangThomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology12Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fair
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Second PlaceCHEM 4Optimization of an Electrocoagulation System for the Removal of Polyatomic Ions from WaterJuliaBrodskyHB Woodlawn Secondary Program10Northern Virginia Regional Science Fair
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Third PlaceCHEM 6The Removal of Aqueous Pollutants with an Interpolymer ComplexAinsleyRobertsonCave Spring High School10Western Virginia Regional Science Fair
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RebeccaQiuRoanoke Valley Governor's School10
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Honorable MentionCHEM 15The Effect of the Mass of Sodium Bicarbonate on Endothermic
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KiaraFennFairfax High School10Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fair
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Earth and Environmental Sciences (EAEV)First PlaceEAEV 6Development of a Zeolite Composite Material for the Simultaneous Removal of Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care Products (PPCPs), and Perfluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS) in Water TreatmentJamesLicatoWashington-Liberty High School12Northern Virginia Regional Science Fair
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Second PlaceEAEV 7Eastern Skunk Cabbages: A Natural and Sustainable Solution for Combating Bank ErosionChelseaHuBASIS Independent McLean9Shenandoah Valley Regional Science Fair
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Third PlaceEAEV 9Impervious Surfaces and Stream Health Factors: A Study Using Machine Learning Techniques and Multivariate Statistical AnalysesLynnTaoThomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology10Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fair
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Honorable MentionEAEV 1A Solution to Plastic Pollution: An Investigation into Microplastic Removal from Water Using FerrofluidMadiGoekeWashington-Liberty High School10Northern Virginia Regional Science Fair
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Embedded Systems (EBED)First PlaceEBED 1Backpack Acceleration Sensor: A Novel Approach to Mitigating Back Pain In First RespondersVongdaraDe LopezThe Governor's School at Innovation Park12Prince William-Manassas Regional Science Fair
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JaysonDe La VegaThe Governor's School at Innovation Park12
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TrevorWhiteThe Governor's School at Innovation Park12
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Second PlaceEBED 2Visible Light Laser File Transfer Protocol: An Implementation of a Secure, Long Distance Visible Light-Based Peer-to-Peer Communications ProtocolAaronAmartuvshinWilbert Tucker Woodson High School11Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fair
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TonyTranWilbert Tucket High School11
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JamesTuryWilbert Tucker Woodson High School11
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Energy: Sustainable Materials and Design (EGSD)First PlaceEGSD 4The Effect of Different Edible Utensil Recipes on Overall CostMackenziePhamW.T Woodson High School10Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fair
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CatherineDoanWT Woodson High School10
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Second PlaceEGSD 3The Application of Aerodynamic Optimization to Mitigate Wind Loads on High Rise Buildings and Produce Green EnergyVictoriaSunGovernor's School for Science and Technology11Tidewater Science & Engineering Fair
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Third PlaceEGSD 2Optimizing Magnetic Microbial Fuel Cells: The Role of Radiation in Bacterial Voltage ProductionCharlesTatumOakton High School11Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fair
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GabrielaTurriago-LopezOakton High School11
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Honorable MentionEGSD 6Using Piezoelectricity to Create a Self Powered Calculator.JadePersonnaJade Personna11Central Virginia Regional Science Fair
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Biomedical Engineering (ENBM)First PlaceENBM 2Whitewater Helmet STAR: Evaluating the Biomechanical Performance and Risk of Head Injury for Whitewater HelmetsBrockDumaBlacksburg High School11Blue Ridge Highlands Regional Science Fair
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Second PlaceENBM 1The Effect of Rat Brain Phantom Construction on Mimicry of the True Brain ModelChirayuNimonkarGodwin High School11Metro Richmond STEM Fair
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Environmental Engineering (ENEV)First PlaceENEV 4Formulating the Optimal Fire Extinguisher Using Low Bass Frequency and Utilizing Mathematical Models for Physical ApplicationsJoshuaZhangAlbemarle High School11Piedmont Regional Science Fair
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JacobNiAlbemarle High School11
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Second PlaceENEV 8Removing Microplastics with FerrofluidsWendyLuOakton High School10Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fair
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Third PlaceENEV 1Creating an Adaptable, Streamlined Approach to Site-specific Weed ManagementDavidTaliaferroAcademies of Loudoun12Loudoun County Science & Engineering Fair
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Honorable MentionENEV 3Effects of Water Filters on Water QualityAnneJohansenOakton High School11Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fair
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Engineering Mechanics (ENMC)First PlaceENMC 1A Self-Replicating 3D PrinterBrianMinnickAcademies of Loudoun12Loudoun County Science & Engineering Fair
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Second PlaceENMC 2An Aerodynamic Efficiency Improvement Kit for Existing Mid-Size Commercial Aircrafts for an Economical and Environmentally-friendly Return to Flight Operations Following the Global Covid-19 PandemicKarenShrievesLake Braddock Secondary School12Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fair
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Third PlaceENMC 12The Study of Clean Energy Harvesting Using Piezoelectric Transducers in FootwearColinSartoriYorktown High School10Northern Virginia Regional Science Fair
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Honorable MentionENMC 10The Design of Safety Gear for Roof MechanicsSeoyoungJunThomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology9Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fair
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Mathematics (MATH) Frist PlaceMATH 3Modeling COVID-19: Simulating the Effects of Waning Immunity Using a New Multi-Compartment Epidemiological ModelShoshanaElgartBlacksburg High School9Blue Ridge Highlands Regional Science Fair
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Second PlaceMATH 1Estimating the Minimum Vaccination Rate Necessary to Achieve Herd Immunity For COVID-19YunseoChungThe Governor's School for Science and Technology 11Tidewater Science & Engineering Fair
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Third PlaceMATH 2Forecasting Stock Prices by Utilizing Recurrent Neural Networks and Probabilistic Statistical Risk AnalysisSamyakThapaThe Governor's School at Innovation Park12Prince William-Manassas Regional Science Fair
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AditiShastriThe Governor's School at Innovation Park12
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VishnuLakshmananThe Governor's School at Innovation Park12
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Honorable MentionMATH 4Multiple Regression Modeling to Predict Changes in US GDP Using Stock Market Volatility and Unemployment Rates.SaniaJainMaggie Walker Governors School9Metro Richmond STEM Fair
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Materials Science (MATS)First PlaceMATS 5Surface Modifications of Cellulose Acetate Film for the Applications of Face ShieldsSunwooLeeThomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology11Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineer Fair
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Second PlaceMATS 1A Novel Development of a Biodegradable Facemask Using Gelatin-Based BioplasticsMichaelSuadwaThe Governor's School at Innovation Park12Prince William-Manassas Regional Science Fair
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RajJoshiThe Governor's School at Innovation Park11
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LaaibahTayyebThe Governor's School at Innovation Park11
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Third PlaceMATS 10The Effect of Varying Molecular Ratios on the Viscosity of Non-Newtonian Fluids When Presented With a Constant Shear Stress ForceMacyLindblomWest Potomac High School11Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fair
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Honorable MentionMATS 9The Effect of Various Temperatures on the Growth and Piezoelectricity of Rochelle Salt CrystalEmilianoGonzalezWilliam Byrd High School11Western Virginia Regional Science Fair
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Microbiology (MCRO)First PlaceMCRO 9The Role of 4 Nitrogen Containing Pharmaceuticals: Acetaminophen, Choline, Melatonin, and Bisacodyl, and Their Influence on the Growth of CyanobacteriaIndiraNairMcLean High School11Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fair
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Second PlaceMCRO 1A Comprehensive 16S rRNA Gene Analysis of the Role of Childhood Factors From Birth to Age Three in the Development and Adult State of the Gut MicrobiotaNehaSripathiThomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology12Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fair
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Third PlaceMCRO 10"Agent-Based Modelling, Simulation and Analysis of the Effect of Surface Texture on Biofilm Formation"EbruAyyorgunBattlefield High School10Prince William-Manassas Regional Science Fair
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Honorable MentionMCRO 3Finding the Least Harmful Aircraft Runway De-Icing Chemicals On Nitrifying Bacteria in Water MassesNoorZakriyaMountain View High School11Piedmont Regional Science Fair
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Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)First PlacePHYS 1Aero2Aqua - A Novel Bioinspired Atmospheric Water HarvesterCameronSharmaMills E. Godwin High School11Metro Richmond STEM Fair
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Second PlacePHYS 8Monitoring Space Weather from the ISS Using Space PlasmA Diagnostic SuitE (SPADE) DataAmritaSahuThomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology11Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fair