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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
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.
Nielsens 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