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Sycamore Students Qualify For Prestigious State Science Fair

Forget static electricity and ocean currents. These aren’t your typical science fair projects.

Seven Sycamore students are moving on to state-level science competitions after qualifying at the Southwest Ohio Science and Engineering Expo (SEE). Each of their topics is rather complex and unique.

Three projects qualified for the prestigious Buckeye Science Fair on April 7. They include:

  • Sophomores Rohan Mathur and Daniel Ripberger “Optimizing Trustless Algorithms”
  • Senior Harsimran Makkad “Modeling Transcription Factors”
  • Freshman Aravind Prasad “Novel Design to Determine Sun Protection for Natural Products”

Mathur and Ripberger each earned $500 scholarships through the UC College of Informational Systems. Prasad won the $250 P&G Good Scientist scholarship, $150 International Society for Optics Award, and a $2,500 scholarship to the UC Engineering program.

Students who participate in the Buckeye Science Fair will have the opportunity to qualify for five spots at the 2018 International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles.

In addition, the projects listed above, three others will also move on to compete against thousands of students from across Ohio at State Science Day on May 12. They include:

  • Freshmen Govind Nadathur and Ethan Heist “Zinc Nanoparticles and Antioxidant Levels”
  • Senior Harsimran Makkad “Modeling Transcription Factors”
  • Junior Mohit Dighamber “Optimizing Microbial Bioremediation to Enhance Hydrocarbon Removal”

Dighamber also received $100 from the Ohio Water Environment Association, a $300 GE Engineering Aviation Award, and $1,000 UC Environmental Engineering scholarship.

Sophomores Hari Iyer, Sahchit Chundur, and junior Swati Bhageria also earned superior ratings at the SEE competition.