The Biophysical Society gave Biophysics Awards at seven regional science fairs in Massachusetts and three regional  science fairs in the San Francisco area, as well as at both the Massachusetts and California state fairs. Outstanding  projects in biophysics were recognized with a certifi cate and monetary award from the Society. Congratulations to the  middle- and high-school students who came up with some excellent biophysics-related projects. The winners, many of whom are pictured on the facing page are listed below.

From northeastern Massachusetts, Somerville High School seniors Mahima Karki and Arogya Khadka won the biophysics award for their project, The Combined Treatment of Herceptin and Chemotherapy on SKOv-3 and SKBr-3 Cells.

In the Boston area, senior Stephany Foster from Boston Latin Academy received the biophysics award for her project, Differentially Regulated Genes Offer Insight into How Species Evolve.

Two southeastern Massachusetts sophomores received the biophysics award. Braintree High School’s Nicole Kolaci and  Falmouth Academy’s Katherine Bianchi created projects entitled, Determining the Primary Photosynthetic Pigment of  Hypoestes through Spectrophotometry, and The Effects of Sound on the Behavior of Larval Homarus americanus, respectively.

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and Ryan Saliga represented Marlborough High School in central Massachusetts with their  project Neurological Degeneration: Working Toward a Cure, while Andrew Ellis’ project, ANN: Artificial Neural Networks,  took the biophysics prize for Westfield High School in western Massachusetts.

At the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair, Chad Benoit, a sophomore at Bishop Feehan High School in  Attleboro, received the Biophysics Award for his project The Amount of Ultraviolet Light Transmitted through Different  Fabrics.

On the west coast, eighth grader Jake Forrester of Contra Costa County’s Holy Rosary School received the award for his project From Garbage to Energy.

Maria Carrillo High School student Cameron Crook did Sonoma County proud with his project, How Do Different Light  Intensities Affect Phytoplankton?, which also won the Biophysics Award.

At the California State Science and Engineering Fair, Tiffany Chien, a junior at The Harker School in San Jose, received  the Biophysics Award for her project, Modifying TZD Drug to Improve Function in Body. Special thanks to Society  members Merritt Maduke and Suhrud Rajguru for judging at this fair!

To other Society members who lent their expertise volunteering as judges at these science fairs, thank you! If you wanted to volunteer but didn’t have the opportunity, please consider signing up to help judge at a 2011 fair. The Society will again sponsor awards at the Massachusetts and San Francisco regional fairs, as well as fairs in the Baltimore area, in tandem  with our 2011 Annual Meeting. Your participation in these students’ science education shows your commitment to the future of biophysics.

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