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The Academy sponsors, supports, or participates in a number of special activities in response to the mandate of its Charter to: “… promote interest in science and engineering on the part of the public, especially young people.” Each year, the Academy recognizes event winners who participated in the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair, Connecticut Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, and the Connecticut Invention Convention, at the Academy’s Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner in May.


Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair – Urban School Challenge, Middle School

The 2018 Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair (CSEF) was held in March at Quinnipiac College in Hamden. To promote interest in science and engineering, and to recognize CSEF high school student awardees whose science projects are judged to be the best of the senior division in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and the Urban School Challenge, the Academy presents the H. Joseph Gerber Medal. (Please see the H. Joseph Gerber Medal of Excellence for a listing of the winners of this award.)

In addition, the Academy recognizes the middle school winner of the Urban School Challenge with a $250 honorarium.  The school’s science department is recognized with a Letter of Commendation and a $500 donation for the purpose of furthering science and mathematics education.

The Urban School Challenge began as a CSEF competition in 2013 to recognize a middle school and high school student from an urban district.


Connecticut Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

The Connecticut Junior Science and Humanities Symposium is part of the US Army/Navy/Air Force Junior Science and Humanities Symposia Program, with support fro UConn Health/CT Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. The 2018 symposium was held in March at UConn Health, Farmigton, CT. The symposium has been effective in enhancing student motivation, stimulating original research and promoting the setting for exciting scientific meetings. It is intended to recognize students who have demonstrated intellectual achievement and promise. This event provides a forum for selected high school students to present a variety of technical papers and posters, meet in small discussion groups with leading scientists from Connecticut industries, and utilize special facilities at the university to explore technical and ethical challenges of current science. The Academy recognizes the top five oral presenters and their respective schools. The winners are as follows:

1st Place: Hiba Hussain, Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
Project: Non-Invasive, Low-Cost Diagnosis of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) via Smartphone Breath Analysis

2nd Place: Shobhita Sundaram, Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
Project: Detection of Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease via Hierarchical Classification of Proteomic and Clinical Profiles

3rd Place: Maya Geradi, Wilbur Cross High School, New Haven, CT
Project: Synthesis & Separation of Chiral Compounds in the Preparation of a PET Radiotracer Targeting Synaptic Vesicle Glycoprotein 2A

4th Place: Raina Jain, Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
Project: Magnetically Induced, Visual Detection of Trace Arsenic Contaminants in Water Using Fe3O4 Photonic Crystal Structures

5th Place: Sophia Ladyzhets, Glastonbury High School, Glastonbury, CT
Project: Localized Tkv Degradation Mechanism Maintains Germline Stem Cell and Gonialblast Populations in Drosophila Testes

These students and their schools are recognized at the 2018 Annual Meeting and Dinner. The students receive Certificates of Recognition and a $250 honorarium. Each high school is recognized with a plaque and a $500 donation to its science department to further science and mathematics education. Additionally, students receive certificates from their congressman in recognition of this outstanding achievement.  


Connecticut Invention Convention

The Connecticut Invention Convention is a program that seeks to provide students in grades K-8 with a meaningful opportunity to develop and encourage creative thinking and invention. The Invention Convention program is designed to integrate all aspects of a student’s educational experience in an effort to solve real-life problems by understanding and using creative skills. The convention provides an opportunity for student inventors to participate in a friendly competition and to share their ideas with each other as well as adult inventors, engineers, patent attorneys and other professionals.

For 2018, the Academy recognizes the 15 middle and elementary school student winners of the Invention Convention. Each student received a $50 Prize Certificate for the purchase of scientific equipment, books, or other Science, Technology, Engineering and/or mathematics-related materials. These students are recognized at the 2018 Academy Annual Meeting and Dinner.


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