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Two Seneca Valley students earned awards at the 82nd annual Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair (PRSEF) held virtually March 24-25.
Freshman Shivani Umesh won a sponsor award from Young Women in Biology for her investigation on the effect that diet has on coronavirus infections globally by conducting a meta-analysis of accumulated data.
Junior Nick Nedzesky brought home two sponsor awards from the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Medical Society, as well as a scholarship award from Penn State University for his work investigating the role that glycerol has on biofilm formation. Mr. Nedzesky conducted his lengthy experiment in the SV Biotechnology Research Lab, both in person and virtually as the year progressed.  
“Hats off to both Shivani and Nick, who completed stellar independent science research projects to compete in PRSEF,” exclaimed Seneca Valley Intermediate High School Gifted Support Teacher Patti Griest. “In addition to juggling the pandemic and changing educational models, these young scientists used their spare time to use the scientific process and apply it to a real-world problem.”  
Each year, approximately 1,000 students from more than 100 schools participate in PRSEF. Students spend the 12 months leading up to the Science Fair developing and executing a project by utilizing the scientific method.
PRSEF is open to all students in grades 6-12 from the 21 counties within Western Pennsylvania and Garrett County, Maryland. The Science Fair has been a Pittsburgh tradition since 1940. It is also the third oldest science fair in the United States under the affiliation of Society for Science, which runs the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and the Broadcom MASTERS middle school competition.

 

Shivani Umesh     Nick Nedzesky

Pictured above L-R: Shivani Umesh and Nick Nedzesky.