The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us


100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024

Release: Immediate

High school students honored at annual science symposium

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Five student presenters at the 36th annual Iowa Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) held Feb. 20-21 at the University of Iowa earned a trip to the National JSHS in Albuquerque, N.M. and a $500 scholarship to the University of Iowa.

The symposium was hosted by the Iowa Secondary Student Training Office for 280 Iowa high school students and teachers.

Anna Wilhelm of West Central High School of Stuart took first place with her presentation, "Bacillus thuringiensis: Comparing Effectiveness of Two Cryl Protein Toxins and Spore-Toxin Combination," earning a $4,000 scholarship to a college of her choice. She will present her paper at the National JSHS April 30-May 3. Wilhelm will compete with 47 other student researchers for a chance to participate at the World Symposium in London to receive either the London International Youth Science Fortnight Award or Academy scholarships totaling over $100,000.

Wilhelm's science teacher, Larry Schwinger, will be awarded $500 to be used for books, supplies or equipment.

The other finalists are: Sara Rees, Marshalltown Senior High School, Marshalltown, who placed second with "The Antibacterial Properties of Lichens on Various Bacteria -- Phase II: Chromatographic Analysis of Three Physcia stellaris Extractions"; and, in alphabetical order, Carol Fassbinder, Valley Community, Elgin, "Effects of Acarapis woodi on Apis mellifera -- Do Soybean Oil Patties Really Work?"; Connie Kim, Bettendorf High School, Bettendorf, "Synaptogenesis Along Dendritic Filopodia: An Investigation on Synaptic Migration Using Electron Microscopy"; and Jason Weirather, Central Lee High School, Donnellson, "The Effect of Interference on Digital and Analog Signals."

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia Program has been held for over three decades by the U.S. Department of the Army, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and by the Academy of Applied Science, Inc.