2017 Student Research Showcase Results

April 18, 2017

srslogo_240x187One hundred sixteen science and engineering students from high schools, colleges, and universities around the world gathered online in April in the hopes of not only having the best research project, but also having the best science communication skills. 

They competed in the fifth annual Student Research Showcase, run by Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society.

Students enter the competition by creating a website that contains a slideshow, a research abstract, and a video. Each component challenges students to communicate their research findings to different audiences. For example, the slideshow is intended for an audience with a technical background while the video targets a broader audience. 

Approximately 60 Sigma Xi members volunteered from April 3–10 to judge the websites. Judges assessed the quality of the project’s scientific thought and method. They also critiqued how well the student communicated enthusiasm for their project, explained the significance of their research, used text, charts, and diagrams, and responded to questions. 

Judges picked  top presenters in the High School, Undergraduate, and Graduate divisions. Division winners will receive $500 award from Sigma Xi. Judges also picked top presenters in each of the research subject areas.

All participants will receive a certificate of participation. High school participants will be invited to submit a research manuscript to Sigma Xi's journal for pre-collegiate research in STEM, Chronicle of The New Researcher

2017 Division Winners

High School Division

Improving Nitration Activity of Fused TxtE-CYP102AI Reductase Domain by Optimizing the Linker Length
Padmavathi Reddy, American Heritage High School
Section: Cell Biology and Biochemistry

Undergraduate Division

Protein Expression in T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Amanda Baskfield, Ball State University
Section: Microbiology and Molecular Biology

Graduate Division

FeverPhone: Point of Care Diagnosis of Acute Febrile Illness using a Mobile Device
Xiangkun (Elvis) Cao, Cornell University
Section: Engineering

2017 Section Winners

Agricultural, Soil, and Natural Resources (TIE)

Sirex Woodwasps and Their Fungal Symbionts in Alabama Forests
Andrea C. Wahl, Auburn University

Response of Dryland Peanut Cultivars to Herbicide Tank-Mixtures Utilizing Paraquat
Kayla Marie Eason, The University of Georgia


A Preliminary Comparison of Morphological Features of the Extinct Giant Aye-Aye (Daubentonia robusta) and Extant Aye-Aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis)
Taylor Nguyen, North Carolina State University

Cell Biology and Biochemistry

Improving Nitration Activity of Fused TxtE-CYP102AI Reductase Domain by Optimizing the Linker Length
Padmavathi Reddy, American Heritage High School


Characterizing Effect of Glutamine Position on Aβ Fiber Structure
Andrea Augustine, Eagle's Landing High School

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Anthropogenic Noise Impacts Reproductive Success in Songbirds in Savannah, Georgia
Carlee Skarin, Islands High School


A Novel Methodology to Build Organic Thermoelectric Materials for Sustainable and Renewable Energy Applications
Vera Zarubin, The Bronx High School of Science

Environmental Science

Smog and Smoke- The Devils of Lung Cancer
Alisha Sood, Clear Creek High School

Human Behavioral & Social Sciences

The Combinational Effects of Environmental Enrichment and Nicotinamide After Controlled Cortical Impacts in Juvenile Rats
Ryan Holden, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Math and Computer Science

Using a Drone as an Autonomous Ultrasound Scanner
Bahaa Harraz, Centennial High School

Microbiology and Molecular Biology

Can Flavonoids Cause DNA Damage and Chromosomal Translocations Similar to Those Seen in Leukemia?
Mimi Ughetta, The Lawrenceville School

Physics & Astronomy

Creating a Full-sky map of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) Emission
Matthew Berkeley, The Catholic University of America

Physiology & Immunology

Antimicrobial Effect of Ozone on Oral Microbiota
Nithin Parsan, William P. Clements High School

People’s Choice Award

Voting for the People's Choice Award is open! Cast your vote here by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, April 17. Winner of the People’s Choice Award receives a $250 monetary award.

For more details about this competition, please visit the Student Research Showcase webpage.

More About Sigma Xi: Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers. Its mission is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition. Sigma Xi chapters can be found at colleges and universities, government laboratories, and industry research centers around the world. More than 200 Nobel Prize winners have been members. The Society is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. www.sigmaxi.org. On Twitter: @SigmaXiSociety