Six Students Earn First Awards at PJAS Regional Competition

Six students from the Shady Side Academy Senior School participated in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) Regional Competition on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Duquesne University, with all six earning First Awards and advancing to the PJAS State Competition on May 17-19 at Penn State University.

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Freshman Crystal Zheng for her research project, Monolinguals vs. Polyglots: Short-Term Memory
  • Sophomore Karen Linares Mendoza for her research project, How Mental is Physical Pain?
  • Sophomore Anker Zhao for his research project, In Silico Annotation of Phenolamides in Plants in Tandem Mass Spectrometry
  • Sophomore Steven Liu for his research project, Are Electric Cars Really Better for the Environment?
  • Junior Qingqing Zhao for her research project, A Parkinson's Disease Related Mutant Fail to Hydrolyze Lipid Death Signal
  • Junior Jason Wu for his research project, Squashing Oil Spills

Liu also earned a special sponsor award from Bechtel Plant Machinery Inc., which awards projects that analyze how nuclear power and other sources of power impact the environment.

The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science is a statewide organization of junior and senior high school students designed to stimulate and promote interest in science among its members through the development of research projects and investigations.

Congratulations to all six students!

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