California’s Outstanding Young Scientist
To Be Awarded This Week
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Association of Professional Scientists (CAPS) will present its annual Outstanding Young Scientist Award this week in Sacramento. The three finalists will be on hand when the winner is announced at a luncheon ceremony at the California Museum (1020 O Street, Sacramento) on Friday, September 18 at 11 a.m.
The statewide program recognizes the top Outstanding Young Scientists among middle and high school students in California. A CAPS panel of experts selected the three finalists from thousands of students competing at 15 Science and Engineering Fairs throughout the state.
Adith Arun, a sophomore at Mira Loma High School in Sacramento, was selected for his project titled Mathematical Modeling and Algorithms to Design More Efficient Cancer Therapeutics. His project looked at how to improve the effectiveness of cancer treatments by examining the timing of medicine. Arun won third place in Chemistry and Health Sciences at this year’s Synopsys Sacramento Regional STEM Fair.
Eveline Mayner, a junior at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, earned a spot as a finalist for her project titled Is Sugar Killing You? The Effects of Sugar and Aspartame on the Longevity of C. elegans. Mayner used worms to study the effects of eating too much artificial sweetener. Her project found that Equal shortened worms’ lifespans. Mayner previously won Best in Fair at the Santa Barbara County Science Fair.
Erin Lamphear, an eighth grader at Jacoby Creek Charter School in Humboldt County, was selected for her project titled Factors Affecting Aquatic Macro-Invertebrate Diversity in Northern California Coastal Streams. Her project looked at what factors affect the biodiversity of insects in a stream and the overall health of the stream. Lamphear’s research found that a stream with many different species of aquatic insects can better tolerate pollution and disease.
This year’s finalists represent remarkable talent in our state and this awards luncheon recognizes their accomplishments. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash award and the two runners-up each receive a $500 cash award.
CAPS represents 2,500 state employed scientists working in over 30 state departments. CAPS members protect the public from life threatening diseases, safe guard our wildlife and abundant natural and cultural resources, and protect our air and water from toxic waste and pollution.