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Release: May 8, 2000

Iowa high school student honored at national science symposium

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Feng Zhang, a student at Roosevelt High School, Des Moines, won third place at the 38th National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) held April 27-30 in the greater Washington, D.C. area. As the third-place winner, he received a $6,000 scholarship and was named an alternate finalist to the prestigious London International Youth Science Forum where he will represent the United States in a scientific and cultural exchange program composed of some 400 students from more than 70 countries.

Zhang advanced from the Iowa JSHS presentation held at the University of Iowa in February with his research project titled, "Functional Analysis of the MMLV GAG Gene Reveals an Inhibitory Sequence That Can Be Masked to Control Viral Assembly: Implications for HIV Therapy." He was one of 48 high school students to compete in the national competition and among 240 high school students attending the national event.

The JSHS competition annually includes more than 10,000 high school students and is sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. It is administered by the Academy of Applied Science, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Concord, N.H.