Upper and Middle School students won 12 awards at Carnegie Science Center's 80th annual Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair (PRSEF), including Aria Eppinger, Class of 2020, who won first place in Medicine/Health/Microbiology. Aria was also one of four students selected to advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world's largest international pre-college science competition. She began this research in Middle School when she was the recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Advancement for her project "The Effect of Roundup® on Human Gut Bacteria" at the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering Rising Stars).
At the PRSEF, competitors present projects in science, mathematics, and engineering. WT Students competed with more than 1,000 sixth – twelfth graders from Western Pennsylvania and Garrett County, Maryland.
Congratulations to all awardees and participants:
Isaac Berman, Class of 2019
Fourth Place in Computer Science, Senior Division
Pablo Coen-Pirani, Class of 2021
U.S. Navy/U.S. Marine Corps (Office of Naval Research) Sponsor Award
Aria Eppinger, Class of 2020
First place in Medicine/Health/Microbiology, Senior Division
One of four selected to advance to the Intel ISEF
Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation Sponsor Award
Jiaping 'Derek' Li, Class of 2019
U.S. Airforce Sponsor Award
Aria Narasimhan, Class of 2023
Covestro Lemelson Early Inventor Prize
Gus Robinson, Class of 2021
Nicole Shigiltchoff, Class of 2020
Carlow University Scholarship Award
La Roche College Scholarship Award
Princeton Alumni Association of Western Pennsylvania Sponsor Award
Julia Stern, Class of 2022
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Sponsor Award
Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association Sponsor Award
Jackson Zemek, Class of 2022
American Meteorology Society Sponsor Award
These students will also present their projects at the upcoming WT STEM Symposia. The Middle School Symposium will take place on May 9, and the Upper School Symposium is on May 22.
The regional 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 and the Public, which facilitates the International Science and Engineering Fair.
From left to right, Science Department Chair Graig Marx and Aria Eppinger at the Pittsburgh Regional Science Fair.