Students Succeed at the Worcester Regional Science and Engineering Fair


Mon, Mar 31, 2014

Spring 2014

The Worcester Regional Science & Engineering Fair (WRSEF) is a local, non-profit organization that encourages scientifically talented Worcester area students to pursue original research projects for presentation. This fair takes place at WPI and regional schools may send up to twelve projects each year.   Students from Mass Academy are selected to attend WRSEF from the Mass Academy Science fair held in February.

The WRSEF holds science fairs for both middle (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) divisions at separate annual events. Approximately 40 projects from each division are chosen to move onto the state’s science fair competition,  the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair (MSSEF). The five highest scoring projects from WRSEF are invited to participate in the International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF).   Three Mass Academy students, Akshayaa Chittibabu, Jesse Michel, and Gregory Konar, were selected to participate in ISEF this year.  The other qualifying projects will move directly onto MSSEF, which is held at MIT in May. Congratulations to all of the students for their hard work.


Akshayaa Chittibabu      The Effect of L-Carrageenanon Blastemal Cell Development

Jesse Michel                       Base 1.5 analysis of Properties & Relation to Collatz


Gregory Konar                   A CDH1 Reporter to Evaluate Cancer Cell Differentiation

Xiayue Wang                       Early diagnosis of Herpes Viridae Viral Infections by MIPs

Alyse Gonthier                   Way Over Whey:  The Effects of Acid Whey on the Environment

Damini Chelladurai         Creating a Micropipetting Protocol to Reduce Human Error

Evan Solomonides            Sustainable Insulation from Potatoes

Chandler Friend                Allelopathic Effects of C. orbiculatus and F. japonic


Ayush Kumar                      The Cytotoxic Effect of Borrelia: Lyme Disease in Zebrafish


Allison Coomber               Detecting Infection with Raspberries

FIFTH (Honorable Mention) AWARDS

Aishwarya Kaki                 How Much is Too Much? Effects of BPA on Planaria Regeneration

Colleen Castellani            Preventing Small Scale Oil Spills with Asclepias syriaca






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