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Students from throughout southern New England visited Boston University on April 5 to participate in the regional competition of the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.
Students from throughout southern New England visited Boston University on April 5 to participate in the regional competition of the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

High school students from throughout southern New England visited Boston University on April 5 to present their original scientific research at the regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

Hosted by the College of Engineering for the third consecutive year, the event allows high school students to investigate and present their own research in the sciences, engineering and mathematics to a diverse audience of peers, high school teachers and professional scientists. Twenty-one students delivered oral and poster presentations detailing their research. This year’s event featured lectures from Major Phillip M. Corbell of the U.S. Air Force and AME Assistant Professor Tyrone Porter.

“The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium encourages research and experimentation at the high school level,” Assistant Dean Richard Lally said. “By hosting this event, the College of Engineering honors their efforts and achievements, and promotes the development of the next generation of scientists and engineers.”

In the oral presentations, top three presenters — Tiffany Tate of Hopkinton (Mass.) High School, Jamie Kang of Belmont (Mass.) High School and Schweta Kitchloo of North Attleboro (Mass.) High School — received JSHS scholarships and were chosen to present at the national competition in Orlando, Fla. on April 30. Additionally, presenters Scott Luro of Wachusett (Mass.) High School and Craig Broady of Boston University Academy were invited to the event.

Among poster presenters, winner James Valcourt of Wachusett High School was selected to attend and present his poster at the national competition. Presenters Maritza Ebling of Newton (Mass.) Country Day School and Archana Vamanaro of Hopkinton High School finished second and third, respectively.

BU Academy’s Gary Garber was the recipient of the JSHS Teacher Award.

The JSHS competition is sponsored by the United States Army, Navy and Air Force.

AME Assistant Professor Tyrone Porter and poster presentation winner James Valcourt of Wachusett High School pose with the first-place trophy.
AME Assistant Professor Tyrone Porter and poster presentation winner James Valcourt of Wachusett High School pose with the first-place trophy.