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Research Projects Advance to State, International Fairs
On Saturday, March 5, 13 Independent Research students presented their projects to a panel of judges at The Massachusetts Region V Science and Engineering Fair. Of the 13, seven are advancing to the State Fair taking place May 5-7.

Third Place
M. Desisto ’25 and E. Kfoury ’25: The Effects of Bisphenol A on Vanessa Cardui Butterflies
A. Reddy ’24: Potential Combination treatment for Bacterial-Fungal Coinfections
G. Hernandez ’24: The Effect of Household Fertilizers and Compost on Algal Production and Dissolved Oxygen Levels in Stagnant Waters

Massachusetts Region V Science and Engineering Fair First Place Award
S. He ’23: Paper Preservation with Diatomaceous Earth

Grand Prize (First in the region): The Sanofi Speciality Care Grand Prize Award
A. Hennessey ’25 and E. Schlichtmann ’25: Adolescent Perspectives on Stereotypes of Girls in Math

Projects that are also advancing to the State competition:
S. Aljamal ’24: Impact of Turmeric on Preventing Oxidative Stress in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
J. Hirsch ’25 and M. Huber ’25: The Effects of Light Attenuating Dyes on Algae

Additionally, Hennessey and Schlichtmann competed against the top three projects in each of the other six regions for a chance to represent Massachusetts in the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair. The duo won a slot to compete in the International Fair, taking place May 4 and 5.

“Hennessey and Schlichtmann presented their project to a panel of judges and answered questions for 30 minutes with courage and confidence,” commented Director of the Independent Research Program Dr. Sarah Webster. “We are so proud to have them represent our school, and the Commonwealth, at such a prestigious event!”