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Students Win Awards at Regional Science & Engineering Fair

Thirteen Fox Chapel Area School District students recently won awards at the Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair (Covestro PRSEF) and one student qualified for an international science fair.

Fox Chapel Area High School sophomore Sanjay Seshan was named one of four overall winners and qualified to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) – the Olympics of student science competitions. The international competition will be held May 12-17, 2019, in Phoenix, Arizona. Approximately 1,700 students from 75 nations will compete for tuition scholarships, summer internships, scientific field trips, and laboratory equipment worth more than $4 million. Sanjay also received a third-place award in the senior engineering/robotics category, a Fed Ex Ground, Inc. sponsor award, and a junior scientist perseverance award.

Fox Chapel Area High School junior Rajeev Godse was named the first-place winner in the senior behavioral and social science category and also received a sponsor award from the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center. Junior Ameya Velankar was awarded third place in the senior behavioral and social science category, was named a scholarship recipient of the Duquesne University Summer Undergraduate Research Program, and received an honorary scientist perseverance award. Sophomore Amulya Garimella won a fourth place in the senior biology category and also received an associate scientist perseverance award. Sophomores Michael VanDemark and Victor Yang both won fourth places in the senior engineering/robotics category and also received Community College of Allegheny and Duquesne University, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences sponsor awards. Junior Hanna Chen received a sponsor award from Community College of Allegheny County; sophomore Vinisha Sant received a sponsor award from the Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation; and freshman Zoe Lakkis received a Carnegie Mellon University Chapter of Sigma XI sponsor award. Perseverance awards were also given to junior Jasmine Eng (honorary scientist) and freshman Justine Eng (junior scientist).

Dorseyville Middle School award winners were eighth grader Arvind Seshan who won first place in the intermediate earth/space/environment category and an Eaton Corporation sponsor award, and seventh grader Adhitya Thirumala who won third place in the intermediate computer science/math category. Additionally, all of the middle school students who are named category award winners are nominated for the national Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) program.

The Covestro PRSEF is open to students in grades 6-12 from 21 counties in Western Pennsylvania and Garrett County in Maryland. Approximately 1,000 students from more than 100 schools competed for $1 million in cash prizes, scholarships, and trips. All of the students who participated in the fair conducted individual science research, constructed a display, and explained their work to a committee of judges. The science fair was held at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh March 29 and 30, 2019.