WT Students Earn Awards at International and Regional Science and Engineering Fairs

WT Students Earn Awards at International and Regional Science and Engineering Fairs

Senior Raj Reddy and sophomore Aria Narasimhan earned accolades at science and engineering fairs this spring. 

Raj Reddy earned third place in the Biomedical and Health Sciences category of the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) for his project, Activation of Pregnane X Receptor for Xenobiotic Detoxification: A Novel Approach to Targeting Pollution-Related Diseases. The Regeneron ISEF is the largest global high school STEM competition.

Raj qualified for the ISEF through his success at the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair (PRSEF) – Raj earned second place in the Senior Biology Division at the PRSEF.

Aria Narasimhan, in collaboration with two students from South Fayette High School (Anuva Ghosalkar and Rishika Somireddy), developed an app to help caregivers communicate with and assist children with autism. The group's project, Healthcare-Based Evidence-Driven Communication for Autism Spectrum Disorder, won an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. sponsor award at the PRSEF.

Approximately 1,000 sixth – twelfth graders from Western Pennsylvania and Garrett County, Maryland compete at the PRSEF each year. The Science Fair has been a Pittsburgh tradition since 1940. It is also the third oldest science fair in the United States under the affiliation of Society for Science, which runs the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Congratulations to both Raj and Aria!