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Mt. Edgecumbe High School Students present at ASSEF

Three projects, won their category competition.

Eight Mt. Edgecumbe High School students enrolled in UAS Sitka’s BIOL S193 Molecular Ecology class participated in the Alaska State Science and Engineering Fair (ASSEF) in Anchorage March 19th.  This dual enrollment class focuses on students developing and completing original research on locally relevant biological questions and is taught by Kitty LaBounty, Assistant Professor of Biology at UAS and Chohla Moll from Mt. Edgecumbe High School.  The ISEF affiliated event is a juried poster session with preliminary and final rounds.  Students enter their project in a specific category, e.g. microbiology, plant sciences, Biochemistry, computer science, engineering, etc.  Three projects, won their category competition.  The winning project in the  Microbiology section that of Deedre Deaton and Abigayle Fisher, The microbial communities associated with the rhizosphere of healthy and unhealthy stands of Chamaecyparis nootkatensis. 

Talia AyunerakTwo students, Catherine Riley and Talia Ayunerak won the plant sciences category with their projects; Molecular comparison of Vaccinium ovalifolium and Vaccinium alaskense and Taxonomic Examination of Cornus Canadensis, Cornus suecica, and Cornus unalaschensis using Molecular Methods.

Richard Corbett’s project The Identification of Nitrifying Bacteria over a Course of Time in the Indian Riparian Zone won the Society for InVitro Biology Award by an 11th grade student.

The Mt. Edgecumbe team also won the best school projects award and Ms. Chohla Moll won the best high school science teacher.

Photo: Talia Ayunerak with her winning project.


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