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Gwinnett students to compete in Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Seven local high school students who won competitions at the regional or state science and engineering fair will compete this weekend in Los Angeles at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

The students from Collins Hill High, the Gwinnett School of Math, Science, and Technology and Mill Creek High will compete against 1,600 scientists and innovators from around the world who won their local, regional, state, or national competition.

It’s considered a week-long celebration of science, technology, engineering and math. At the event, students share ideas, showcase cutting-edge research, and compete for more than $4 million in awards and scholarships.

The Gwinnett representatives and their original scientific research are:

From Collins Hill High:

• Fernando Cruz and Aksal Vashi

Fruit Waste Based Ammonia-Biosorptive Permeable Barriers

• Karen Gu

Silvernano Toxicity in D. melanogaster

From the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology:

• Mitesh Bhalani

Synthesizing pY Nanotubes: Toward a Phospholipid Bilayer Model

• William Jin

Developing Novel Protein Targets for pertussis Antibiotics Part 2

• Angelin Ponraj

CD8 T Cells in SIV Pathogenic and Non-Pathogenic Infection

From Mill Creek High:

• Sergio Parra

Designing the M.A.R.S. Suit

Parra, Ponraj and Gu all qualified to compete at the international level after their performances at the Gwinnett County Regional Science and Engineering Fair earlier this school year. Their high scores allowed them to move automatically to the international event.

The Collins Hill team, as well as Bhalani and Jin all earned their spots after winning first place during the statewide Georgia Junior and Senior Science and Engineering Fair this spring.