Four Brilliant High Schoolers Win Trip To International Science Fair

by Thomas Guengerich

SOCORRO, N.M., April 6, 2009 – More than 300 future scientists presented their research projects at the New Mexico State Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday in Socorro.

Four high school students won all-expense paid trips to the International Science and Engineering Fair in late May in Reno, Nev.

Nikita Bogdanov, Alexander Kendrick, Gabriel Joachim and Hee Sung Park were the top winners at Saturday’s event at New Mexico Tech.

Bogdanov, from Albuquerque Academy, won for a project titled “Can you do the water walk?”

Kendrick, who attends Los Alamos High School, presented a project titled “The Underground Radio II.”

Joachim, from Cibola High School, researched “Identifying Habitats of Poison-Dart Frogs: Local Equipment and Frog Distribution.”

From Carlsbad High School, Park exhibited his work: “Antibiotic-Producing Characteristics and Speciation of Bacteria in Parks Ranch Cave.”

The complete results are available on-line at http://www.nmt.edu/mainpage/news/2009/SF2009winners.pdf.

The four grand prize winners join two dozen other young scientists from New Mexico who won entrance into the international event at one of six regional science fairs held in March.

More than 200 New Mexico Tech students and professors served as volunteer judges.

The Science Fair also awarded more than $100,000 in awards, prizes and scholarships to various competitors.

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Media: Results are also available as Word documents, listed by order of hometowns or in alphabetical order by winners' names. To have a Word document emailed to you, please contact Thomas Guengerich, New Mexico Tech News Service.