From the 2013 Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition

From the 2013 Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition

The 2014 winners of the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center’s North Carolina International Science Challenge will share their original research in Beijing with students from all over the world.

The 2014 N.C. International Science Challenge’s winners are Alec Arshavsky of Chapel Hill, Emily Ashkin of Matthews, Anne Blythe Davis of Swan Quarter, and Margaret Pan of Charlotte.

Arshavsky, a senior at East Chapel Hill High School, conducted research on corneal transplantation at the Duke University Eye Center.  Ashkin is a junior at the Providence Day School and conducted research at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte on biomarkers in pancreatic cancer.

Davis, a sophomore at Lake Comfort School, studied pollution concentration in Lake Mattamuskeet with the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge and the University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences.  Pan is a senior at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics and has been researching emerging nanotechnology into means of purifying water.

The North Carolina International Science Challenge (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 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.

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