Seven Bishop’s students had their work showcased in the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair’s (GSDSEF) first-ever virtual event. Six qualified for the state competition to be held in April 2021.
Upper school students participating in the senior (grades 9-12) division:
- Rupesh Bhadra ’24 – “Finding Risk Factors for Severe COVID-19 through a Meta-Analysis of Interferon Pathway-Affecting Genes” advised by Dr. Lani Keller
- James Hou ’23 – “Probabilistic Approach to Analyzing Racial Bias in BERT on an Attribute Basis” advised by Dr. Marcus Jaiclin
- Eric Li ’22 – “Single-cell RNA-seq Analysis of Biomarkers in Gastric Cancer Caused by Helicobacter Pylori” advised by Dr. Keller
- Shirley Xu ’23 – “ThreshNet: A Novel Machine Learning Technique to Optimize Sensitivity and Specificity Performance” advised by Dr. Jaiclin
- Michael Zeng ’22 – “VAMP: A Versatile Autonomous Mobile Robotic Platform for Agility-Centered and Human-Servicing Applications” advised by Mr. Ben Heldt
- Emily Zhu ’23 – “Analysis of the Interactions Between SARS CoV-2 Spike Protein RBD Mutants and ACE2 Receptor” advised by Ms. Julie Zedalis
Sixth grader Kayley Xu, advised by Ms. Laura Cummings, had her project “Cooling Straws” in the junior (grades 6-8) division. Each division has two categories for student work – life sciences and physical sciences.
Rupesh, James, Eric, Shirley, Michael and Kayley each earned first place honors, qualifying for the state competition. James finished in the top eight, receiving the Grand Award Runner Up recognition.
Kayley was acknowledged as a Broadcom Masters Nominee, and received the following professional society awards:
- General Atomic Sciences Education Foundation: Honorable Mention
- Society of Women Engineers–San Diego County Section: Winner
- American Society of Materials International: Honorable Mention
- Association for Women in Science: Winner
All students submitted their work in an application process to receive a fair invitation, creating a “10-slide digital presentation which is screened by professionals from the science, engineering, technology, and education fields,” according to the event program. More than 500 submissions were received from students in San Diego and Imperial counties this year.
GSDSEF projects are assessed by more than 200 judges from the region’s science and education communities; students were interviewed virtually by the judges in their respective categories. Evaluation criteria include creativity, scientific thought/engineering goals, thoroughness, skill and clarity. The judging process began on Monday, March 15, culminating in a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday, March 18.
As stated in the program, the GSDSEF mission is “To provide a forum encouraging young minds in their independent research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – and inspiring the next generation of scientific thought, discovery, and innovation.”