Ranging from grades 3rd-12th, nearly 300 student Hoosiers came together this weekend to display and discuss their scientific inquiry and research at the Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Hosted at the University of Notre Dame, students from 50 schools within the Michiana region competed for scientific bragging rights as well as scholarships and other prizes.
Presenting “The Effects of Media Compositions on Cardiomyocyte and Cardiac Fibroblasts Behavior & Growth,” ND TRiO Talent Search Scholar, Carlondrea Petty never imagined conducting research on this level. “I never thought my brain could comprehend half of what I have researched and learned so far.” Also presenting at the Harper Cancer Research Institute Poster Fair, ND TRiO Upward Bound Scholar, Makaila Ranges presented on “Contrast-Enhanced Detection of Microcalcifications in Mammography” alongside high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. Due to their outstanding presentations, Petty was awarded the Saint Mary’s Outstanding Senior Division Award and Ranges was awarded the University of Notre Dame Harper Cancer Research Institute Award, St. Mary's College Dineen Award, and the Notre Dame College of Science Dean Award. Both scientists advanced to the State Fair.
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