Students Win Awards at Regional Science & Engineering Fair (2)

Nineteen Fox Chapel Area School District students recently won awards at the Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair (Covestro PRSEF).

Fox Chapel Area High School sophomore Rajeev Godse was named the first-place winner in the senior behavioral and social science category and he also won a sponsor award from the American Society for Quality. Freshman Sanjay Seshan received second place in the senior engineering/robotics category and also won sponsor awards from FedEx Ground, Inc.; Harrisburg University of Science & Technology; and Innovation Works. Freshman Amulya Garimella was named a second-place winner in the senior biology category and she also won sponsor awards from Duquesne University–Dept. of Biological Sciences and the University of Pittsburgh–Dept. of Neuroscience. Junior Zachary Lakkis won third place in the senior medicine/health/microbiology category and also won a sponsor award from the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh. Junior Sanjana Harish received a sponsor award from Harrisburg University of Science & Technology.

Dorseyville Middle School seventh grader Arvind Seshan was awarded a first place in the intermediate computer science/math category. Sixth grader Adhitya Thirumala won first place in the junior physical sciences & engineering category and also won an honorable mention sponsor award from the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, Inc. Eighth grader Janise Kim received a second place in the intermediate engineering/robotics category and also won sponsor awards from Duquesne Light; FedEx, Ground Inc.; Michael Baker Corporation; and the Society of Women Engineers. Eighth grader Zoe Lakkis won second place in the intermediate computer science/math category and also won sponsor awards from the American Society for Quality and Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. Eighth grader Mona Gerges won third place in the intermediate biology category and also won an affiliate award from the U.S. Navy/U.S. Marine Corps (Office of Naval Research). Eighth grader Theodor Urban was awarded third place in the intermediate computer science/math category. Sixth grader Lucas Gravina won third place in the junior physical sciences & engineering category and he also won a sponsor award from Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation.

The following students received Perseverance Awards for the number of years they have been participating in the Covestro PRSEF: juniors Zachary Lakkis (Honorary Scientist) and Gina Wang (Associate Scientist); sophomores Hanna Chen (Associate Scientist), Jasmine Eng (Associate Scientist), Serena Fisher (Associate Scientist), and Ameya Velankar (Associate Scientist); freshmen Suparna Agrawal (Junior Scientist) and Amulya Garimella (Junior Scientist); and eighth graders Zoe Lakkis (Junior Scientist) and Siddharth Yende (Junior Scientist).

The Covestro PRSEF is open to students in grades 6-12 from 21 counties in Western Pennsylvania and Garrett County in Maryland. More than 1,000 students from more than 100 schools competed for over $1 million in cash prizes and scholarships. All of the students who participated in the fair conducted individual science research, constructed a display, and explained their work to a committee of judges. The science fair was held at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh March 23 and 24, 2018.