Mansfield, CT – Awards for the 2015 Connecticut State Science & Engineering Fair were released Wednesday, March 11th, 2015. A team from the UConn Physics Department (Professor Menka Jain and Dr. Dave Perry) convened at Quinnipiac University at Hamden, CT to judge the projects from all high school levels in the categories of physical and life sciences. The team distributed the UConn Physics Department Award and Early College Experience awards. School affiliation, age, and demographic information of the participants were anonymous until after the fair. Each participant was awarded a $100 gift certificate as a cash prize.
11th grader Max Marcussen from Greenwich High School in Greenwich, CT was awarded the UConn Physics Department Award by the UConn Physics Department for his project entitled “The effect of application of a solenoid on the magnetic properties of gadolinium at varying temperatures and current levels.”, which showed how the magnetic strength and permeability of the solenoid built using gadolinium varied with temperature as compared to that of an iron solenoid and magnetic switch was built.
10th grader Ankita Roychoudhury from Daniel Hand High School in Madison, CT was awarded the UConn Early College Experience Program in Physical Sciences by the UConn Physics Department for her project entitled ” Power generation via downdraft of humidified dry air “, in which the effectiveness of a tall downdraft tube to generate power by utilizing hot air of various air densities and humidity values was examined.
11th grader Andrew Lim of Greenwich High School in Greenwich, CT was awarded the UConn Early College Experience Program in Life Sciences by the UConn Physics Department for his project entitled ” Enhancement of antibiotic effects on various species of bacterium via infusion of silver nanoparticles”, where a systematic evaluation was performed with the purpose to enhance the inhibition of bacterial growth via infusion of a silver nanoparticle colloid into bacteria growth alongside conventional antibiotics.