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Release: Feb. 25, 2002

High school students are honored at annual science symposium

Five student presenters at the 40th Annual Iowa Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) held Feb. 22-23 at the University of Iowa earned a trip to the National JSHS in San Diego and a $750 scholarship to the University of Iowa.

The symposium was hosted by the UI Secondary Student Training Program for 175 Iowa high school students and teachers.

Hailyn Nielsen of Central Academy, Des Moines, took first place by her presentation, “Isolation and Identification of Non-Dinitrophenol Degrading Mutants of Rhodococcus opacus sp RB1 ,” earning a $4,000 scholarship to a college of her choice. She will present her paper at the National JSHS to be held Wednesday through Sunday, April 24-28. Nielsen 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 totally more than $100,000.

Nielsen’s science teacher, Susan Stroope, will be awarded $500 to be used for books, supplies or equipment.

The other finalists are: Hee Won Lee, Iowa City West High School, Iowa City, who placed second with “Studies on the Oligomerization of Bcl-2 Family Proteins in Lipid Vesicles", and, in alphabetical order: Rachael Collier, Mediapolis High School, Burlington, “Effect of Bacillus thuringiensis Protein on Daphnia magna"; Arielle Hardre, West Liberty High School, Nichols, "Characterization of Genetic Variations in the HLXB9 Gene Related to Currarino Syndrome"; and Sara Weirather, Central Lee High School, Montrose, "Black Rot and Brassica rapa."

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia Program has been held for four 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.