2021 State Science and Engineering Fair (Senior Division)

Category Winners:     (HM = Honourable Mention)
Place Category Student School Project Title
1st animal sciences Elijah E. Burks Caddo Parish Magnet High School "The Effect of Nitrous Oxide on Crayfish"
2nd animal sciences Anjali P. Veerareddy Caddo Parish Magnet High School "The Role of Diallyl trisulfide and Ocimum tenuiflorum on the Chemical Memory of Dugesia dorotocephala"
3rd animal sciences Alisha Kye John Curtis Christian "Does Moon Phase (Moon Illumination) Have Any Effect on the Bat Activity in River Ridge, LA?"
4th animal sciences Cate M. Arms St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "Survival of Female Aedes albopictus Mosquitoes Based on Diets of Salt and/or Sugar"
HM animal sciences Helena P. Robertson St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "Effect of Water Salinity on Feeding Behaviors Among Oysters"
1st biochemistry Delia Pirtle New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School "Which Sunscreen and SPF has the biggest effect on Freshwater Hydra? "
2nd biochemistry Maria L. Hargrave St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "The Effect of Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Agents on the Eyespot Regeneration in Dugesia dorotocephala"
3rd biochemistry Alexis deQueiroz St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "Isolation and Purification of a Genetically Modified NADPH-Oxidase from Streptococcus pneumoniae (spNOX) for Future Application as a Water Decontaminant"
4th biochemistry Pranshu Khanna Caddo Parish Magnet High School "Determining if Stress Hormones Inhibit Estrogen`s Cardioprotection in Myocardial Infarction"
1st behavioral and social sciences Lia P. Bu Isidore Newman School "Mask Usage of New Orleans During the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic (COVID-19)"
2nd behavioral and social sciences Molly E. McNulty C.E. Byrd High School "Processing Speed Subserves Executive Function in Parkinson Disease"
3rd behavioral and social sciences Nina T. Luong Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy "Gender Equality in STEM Schools"
4th behavioral and social sciences Sophie Chen Caddo Parish Magnet High School "Can Serum TDP-43 Serve as a Biomarker for Frontotemporal Dementia "
HM behavioral and social sciences Ellie G. Pryor St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "The Effects of Different Presentations, Modeled after the Three Main Learning Styles, on Students Online Learning"
1st biomedical engineering Paula R. Zapata St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "Characterization of Fluorescent Proteins Produced in the Escherichia Coli Cell Free Protein Synthesis System "
2nd biomedical engineering Joseph L. Clary Caddo Parish Middle Magnet "Development and Optimization of a 3D Clinostat to Simulate Microgravity"
3rd biomedical engineering Katelyn Walker Opelousas High School "Modification of the Kirby-Bauer Disc Diffusion Technique Using Bacteria Genetically-Engineered to Produce Green Fluorescence Protein to Provide Additional Insight into Organism Response"
1st biomedical and health sciences Rebecca L. Bordelon St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "The effect of stress and anxiety on salivary pH and amount produced in teenagers"
2nd biomedical and health sciences Nikayla A. Henderson Southwood High School "Identify Sars-COV-2 Epitopes Using Phage Display Peptide Library"
3rd biomedical and health sciences Hollan N. Hatzis St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "Comparing the effects of the anatomic shoulder replacement and the reverse shoulder replacement on patientsí range of motion"
4th biomedical and health sciences Pooja S. Veerareddy Caddo Parish Magnet High School "Vascular inflammatory endothelial biomarkers related to Multiple sclerosis"
HM biomedical and health sciences Anita R. Zahiri Benjamin Franklin High School "Comparative Analysis of Genetic Mutations and Overall Survival in Patients with Glioblastoma Multiforme: A Retrospective Cohort Study "
1st computational biology and bioinformatics Kalina Namikas Baton Rouge Magnet High School "An Algorithmic Approach to Human Cortical Bone Microstructure and Remodeling"
2nd computational biology and bioinformatics Orna Mukhopadhyay Baton Rouge Magnet High School "Machine Learning-Based Analysis of ICG-Assisted NIR Spectral Data for Diagnosing Pancreatic Carcinoma"
3rd computational biology and bioinformatics Helena M. Usey Benjamin Franklin High School "Using Computer Modeling to Emulate Epidemiological Patterns of COVID-19"
4th computational biology and bioinformatics Staicy Triminio New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School "Twins birth in the United States"
1st cellular and molecular biology Karleigh Landry Parkway High School "Sodium Sulfide`s Effect on TBP-2 in Glioblastoma Cells "
2nd cellular and molecular biology Madelyn M. Canezaro St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "The Effects of Disease on Endosymbiont and Vacuole Ratio in Montastraea cavernosa."
3rd cellular and molecular biology Robert C. Trelo
Liam French
Isidore Newman School "Nuclear Extraction of Amoeba Nucleus"
4th cellular and molecular biology Bryn R. Comeaux St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "Reliability of Presumptive Testing for the Determination of the Possible Presence of Male DNA in Forensic Casework Samples"
1st chemistry Katherine Winchester St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "The Investigation of the Effects of Excess Boron on the Root Growth of Arabidopsis thaliana and Schrenkiella parvula"
2nd chemistry Grace C. Fabre St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "The Allelopathic Effects of the Ipomoea batatas on Weed Species"
3rd chemistry Reggie Bergeron John Curtis Christian "What Carpet Cleaner Removes Coffee Stains Best From Carpet?"
4th chemistry Kaitlyn Lapeyrouse South Terrebonne High School "Is Tap Water Really Safe To Drink .... Or Not?"
1st earth and environmental sciences Kendyll A. Monceaux St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "The Effect of Vegetation on Removing Ambient Particulate Matter "
2nd earth and environmental sciences Richard L. Usdin Benjamin Franklin High School "The Effect of CAFO Proximity on Water Quality"
3rd earth and environmental sciences Isabel R. Bacas Ascension Christian "The Effects of Biodegradable Paper and Plastic Mulch on Weed Prevention, Crop Yield, and Mulch Degradation"
4th earth and environmental sciences Zoe M. Curtis
Danielle Taix
John Curtis Christian " Are New Orleans waterways and beaches being invaded by microplastics because of storms? When identifying the different types of microplastics, will fibers be the dominant component? "
1st embedded systems Elijah Goodin John Curtis Christian "Using STEM skills to build a temperature monitor for school settings."
2nd embedded systems Alexis A. Harvey St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "Shockwave Induced Droplet Breakup"
1st environmental engineering Millie C. Weston St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "Using Pulsed UV light for Enhancing Advanced Oxidation Water Treatment"
2nd environmental engineering Constance C. Cook St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "Using Pulsed UV Light for Enhanced Water Disinfection"
3rd environmental engineering Claire M. Beyer St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "Sediment Slurry Mix Concentration Analysis for Marsh Restoration"
4th environmental engineering Jacob Harding
Evan Blanchard, Baran Moore
Terrebonne High School "It`s Getting Hot in Here"
HM environmental engineering Sydney E. Stewart John Curtis Christian "Energy Efficiency and Global Warming: Finding the Most Efficient Insulation"
1st engineering mechanics Sarah M. Stenhouse St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "Reducing Glare on a Ceramic Vessel with a Curve-Fitting Lighting Apparatus and Varied Density Diffusion"
2nd engineering mechanics Grayson Barron John Curtis Christian "Exoskeleton: Rebooted"
3rd engineering mechanics Joshua T. Atkins Holy Cross School "The Effect of Different Keel Models on the Stability of A Boat Navigating A Water Channel"
1st energy: sustainable materials &design Jourdan Stipe M. Stipe John Curtis Christian "Electrochemistry Exploration on Ph Levels with Different Voltage Sources"
2nd energy: sustainable materials &design Otis Taylor
Chelsy Gonzalez
New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School "Bringing Insulation to the 21st Century"
3rd energy: sustainable materials &design Quynh-Mai H. Nguyen St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "Comparing the Efficiency of a Solar Photovoltaic Energy System and a Solar Thermal Energy System"
4th energy: sustainable materials &design Samuel Sutton
Jenna
Baton Rouge Int School "Energy From Mud"
1st mathematics Can Meraler Baton Rouge Int School "Hydroponics: To what extent does the change in water pH level affects the growth of radish plants?"
2nd mathematics Christine T. Ngo St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "Investigating Golden Ratio`s Mathematical Effectiveness and Power of Attraction"
3rd mathematics Alexis M. Lavarine John Curtis Christian "Do Inmates us U.S. Correctional Facilities Have A Higher Positive Death Rate Due to Covid-19 Than the General Population?"
4th mathematics Nhi H. Dao Caddo Parish Magnet High School "Origami Knots"
1st microbiology Ananya Kaushal Fontainebleau High "Transcriptional Response of Mycobacterium Smegmatis to cigarette smoke extract."
2nd microbiology Eshaan Tandon Caddo Parish Magnet High School "Bordetella bronchiseptica mediates eosinophil trap formation by a btrS-mediated mechanism"
3rd microbiology Grace T. Bodily Caddo Parish Magnet High School "Human Papillomavirus and Vaping "
4th microbiology Kaitlyn M. Savoie St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "The Effects of Bacterial Classification on Antimicrobial Resistant Patterns in Foals with Omphalitis"
HM microbiology Isabella G. Perrault St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "Escherichia Coli in Reusable Water Bottles"
1st materials science Margaret C. Moe St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "Characterization of a Gravity Driven Flow System to Support 3D Tumor Spheroids in a Novel Microfluidic Device"
2nd materials science Olivia S. Jung Baton Rouge Magnet High School "Dynamic Photoluminescence Response of Dipole-Modulated Rare Earth Doped Core-Shell Nanoparticles to Local Changes in Solution pH"
3rd materials science Caleb Spann John Curtis Christian "Will a Nanotechnology Method Produce the Same Electrolyte Levels as a Conductivity Probe when Testing Different Sports Drinks?"
4th materials science Jacob E. Eames John Curtis Christian "Thinner Material Will Provide a Longer Hangtime for Homemade Parachutes"
1st physics and astronomy Susana F. Cuadra St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "A Direct Impact of Astrophysics on Astronautsí Exposure/Humans Prescence in Low Earth Orbit"
2nd physics and astronomy Ashini A. Modi Caddo Parish Middle Magnet "Computing the Atmospheric Mass Loss of Terrestrial Exoplanets from Stellar Wind of Main Sequence Stars"
3rd physics and astronomy Caroline B. Davis St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "Exoplanet Mass, Radius, Volume, and Density"
4th physics and astronomy Merrin M. Simmons John Curtis Christian "Does the Spatter Height Matter?"
HM physics and astronomy Preston j. Giroir Holy Cross School "Does increasing arrow FOC increase penetration?"
1st plant sciences Elizabeth E. Waguespack St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "The Effect of Organic Biostimulants on Beneficial Soil Microorganism Activity"
2nd plant sciences Michael J. Sam-Pang John Curtis Christian "Is an electrical stimulation giving the seedling a faster gernmination rate or is it a vibration ?"
3rd plant sciences Elizabeth B. Hester St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "The effect of a lowered mitochondrial carbonic anhydrase on the growth of the green alga: Chamydomonas reinhardtii"
4th plant sciences Andrew C. Minagar Caddo Parish Magnet High School "The Effects of Hypersalinity on Root Morphology in Vicia Faba"
HM plant sciences Evelyn Hale Terrebonne High School "Sugarcane Fingerprinting"
1st robotics and intelligent machines Dylan Bracey
Brett Steele
Jesuit High School "Hot Car Life Alarm"
1st systems software Grace Crifasi St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "Designing a flex sensor-based posture trainer and determining its effect on sedentary posture"
1st translational medical science Melanie L. Dietrich St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "Microstructural geometry and damage detection in cortical bone images"
2nd translational medical science Alexandra G. Rossi St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "The Analysis of Targeted Osmotic Lysis as an Innovative Treatment Modality for Canine Tumors"
3rd translational medical science Bryson White New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School "Is blinking frequency affected by screen exposure?"


Top School:
School City
St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) Baton Rouge


Overall Winners:
Awards Div Category Student School Project Title
OverAll_1st SR systems software Grace Crifasi St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA) "Designing a flex sensor-based posture trainer and determining its effect on sedentary posture"
OverAll_2nd SR behavioral and social sciences Lia P. Bu Isidore Newman School "Mask Usage of New Orleans During the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic (COVID-19)"


Special Awards:
Award Name   (Place) School
American Meteorological Society Elijah E. Burks
Caddo Parish Magnet High School
American Psychological Association Lia P. Bu
Isidore Newman School
ASM Materials Education Foundation Margaret C. Moe
St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA)
Association for Women Geoscientists Lia P. Bu
Isidore Newman School
ISEF Finalist - International Science & Engineering Fair Lia P. Bu
Susana F. Cuadra
Katherine Winchester
Isidore Newman School
St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA)
St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA)
Louisiana Horticulture Society Grace C. Fabre (1st Place)
Elizabeth E. Waguespack (2nd Place)
Isabel R. Bacas (3rd Place)
St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA)
St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA)
Ascension Christian
Mu Alpha Theta Christine T. Ngo
St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA)
NASA Earth System Science Award Susana F. Cuadra
St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA)
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Katherine Winchester
St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA)
Naval Science Award Lia P. Bu
Grace Crifasi
Katherine Winchester
Isidore Newman School
St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA)
St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA)
Ricoh Americas Corporation Kendyll A. Monceaux
St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA)
Society for In-Vitro Biology Kalina Namikas
Baton Rouge Magnet High School
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Grace Crifasi
St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA)
U.S. Air Force Grace Crifasi
St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA)
U.S. Metric Association Ashini A. Modi
Caddo Parish Middle Magnet
U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Award Can Meraler
Ashini A. Modi
Elizabeth E. Waguespack
Baton Rouge Int School
Caddo Parish Middle Magnet
St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA)
Yale Science and Engineering Association Grace Crifasi
St. Joseph`s Academy (SJA)