North carolinaRESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Four North Carolina students have been selected as finalists for the North Carolina International Science Challenge (NCISC).  The NCISC is a yearly North Carolina science competition for high school students. The selected students travel to Beijing, China to present their science research projects at the Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition the third week of March.

The four students selected are:

  • Raymond Gao, senior, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM)
    A Weighted Modeling Algorithm for Radio Astronomy Mapping
  • Arjun Keshava, senior, Wake Early College of Health and Science
    Detection of Smoking-Associated DNA Methylation Changes in the AHRR Gene Using High Resolution Melt Method
  • Dory Li, senior, NCSSM
    Protein-coated DNA Nanostructures: Development and Application in Drug Delivery
  • Ana Sofia Uzsoy, senior, NCSSM
    Drastic conditions call for drastic measures: the viability of terrestrial extremophiles in simulated Martian UV radiation

The competition requires students to undertake a research project, write an abstract explaining their research problem and present their research to a panel of scientists and engineers. The students selected spend a week in Beijing presenting their research, meeting students from other countries, and experiencing various cultural and scientific events.

The NCISC is offered jointly by the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center (SMT Center) and the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

###

Contact:  Lisa Rhoades at 919/991-5111 or lrhoades@bwfund.org