Student Discovery Zone 2020 Challenge Videos

Arizona Bioscience Week Student Discovery Zone Goes Virtual!

Since it began in 2011, the Student Discovery Zone at the AZBio Awards has showcased the work of over 900 Arizona students. In 2020, we have developed a unique video based challenge format so that we can continue the tradition in the safest way possible.

New for 2020! 

Student Discovery Zone Challenge Scholarship Prizes:

High School Students: First Place ($1,000), Second Place ($500), Third Place ($250)

University Students:    First Place ($1,000), Second Place ($500), Third Place ($250)


Video Submission Deadline Extended to FRIDAY, September 11, 2020

Help Our Students Win a Scholarship

Scroll down to watch and vote for your favorite videos. (Voting is open Sept. 13 - 19, 2020)

How to submit a student entry.

  • All entrants MUST complete the application above to be eligible for scholarship prizes.
  • Once you have applied, you may submit your video.
    • If your 2-minute video is already on YouTube or  Vimeo, you can submit it using your video link in the form below. 
    • If your video is NOT on YouTube or Vimeo, contact AZBio at 480-779-8101 or and we will provide you with a link so you can upload your video to our server for this contest.


Student Discovery Zone 2020 Scholarship Challenge

Student Contestants

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Contest Ended
Total votes for the Contest "2020 Student Discovery Zone Challenge" : 53541
Allowed File Types : All | Allowed File Size Limit : Any Size

SAVR- Stroke and Cardiovascular Risk Assessment using Wearable Technology

Presented By Roshan Pillai, BASIS Scottsdale

Cardiovascular risk is the risk of a person developing cardiovascular diseases, often sudden. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and

12559 Votes

Can Forensic Quality DNA be Extracted from Discarded Gum?

Presented by Yakeleen Almazan and Asher Bankhead, Pueblo High School

The purpose of our research is to determine whether forensic scientists can accurately use gum samples to extract Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

401 Votes

New Structural Insights into the Function of the Active Full-Length Human Taspase1: A Novel Anticancer Therapeutic Target

Presented by Rebecca Jernigan (Arizona State University – Graduate Student)

Taspase1 (threonine aspartase 1) is an endopeptidase overexpressed in primary human cancers that

1478 Votes

Radiation-responsive Nanosensor Gel (RaNG): A New way to Monitor Cancer Radiotherapy Doses

Presented By Subhadeep Dutta, Arizona State University Graduate Student

Radiotherapy using ionizing radiation (e.g. X rays) still remains a mainstay of treatment modalities in clinic for different types

1699 Votes

Repurposing Exhaled CO2 for Spacecraft

Presented By Caitlin Moffett , University of Arizona (Graduate Student)

Life support is a vital component in any manned space mission, and some waste production is a small price to pay for keeping astronauts safe

443 Votes

Characterizing Primary Mesothelioma Cell Lines by Exome Sequencing

Presented by Ghena Krdi, University of Arizona (Graduate Student)

Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive type of lung cancer. Currently, its main cause is asbestos exposure. It is usually discovered

976 Votes

NPC Defects in Alzheimer’s Disease:Investigating NUP153, -93, and -214 Mislocalization in Hippocampal Neurons

Presented By Miriam Goras, Arizona State University (Undergrad)

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a progressive, neurocognitive disorder characterized by memory dysfunction and the presence of senile (Aβ) plaque

57 Votes

Green Infrastructure Impacts on Carbon Cycling: Evaluating Changes in Soil Microbial Composition and Function

Presented by Isabel Ross, Cienega High School, Vail, Arizona

Green Infrastructure (GI) redirects water into the soil, affecting soil microbial diversity, decomposition, and stabilization of carbon.

48 Votes

Validation of Predictions From a Novel Small-Sample Statistic of Valley Fever and Dysregulated Pathways and Increasing Statistical Power of Metabolite Identifiers Through Biocuration

Presented by Suraj Puvvadi, BASIS Scottsdale

Precision medicine is an approach to patient care that optimizes the

2529 Votes

How Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) in Apolipoprotein (APOE) Impact Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) Pathology

Presented By Katherine Wei, BASIS High School, Chandler, Arizona

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disease caused by beta-amyloid plaques that build up in the brain as

8202 Votes

SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring in Wastewater as an Early Warning Signal for COVID-19 Presence in Communities

Presented By Devin Bowes, Arizona State University

The COVID-19 global pandemic caused by the virus Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has highlighted several challenges

47 Votes

Automated physiological analysis of Engineered Heart Tissues from Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Presented by Eli Lefkowitz, Catalina Foothills High School

Cardiovascular disease is responsible for one in every four deaths. To understand these deaths, cardiomyocytes can be generated from

591 Votes

An R-Shiny app for trait data processing

Presented by Prasiddhi Gyawali, Sonoran Science Academy – Tucson

The Functional Trait Resource for Environmental Studies (FuTRES) project works with vertebrate trait data from individuals intending to make data more accessible and interoperable.

9872 Votes

Shaun Karakkattu, Basis High School, Mesa, AZ

Inhibiting the Proliferation of Patient-Derived Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) cells by activating Estrogen Receptor beta using estradiol and IGF-1


Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most aggressive and common type of primary brain tumor.

14223 Votes

Aris Zhu, Hamilton High School, Chandler, Arizona

CASA: A Novel Intracanal Medicament for Endodontic Infections

Currently, calcium hydroxide (CaOH) is used as an intracanal medicament to treat root canal infections. However, CaOH paste is ineffective against persistent bacteria Enterococcus faecalis

39 Votes

Nikita Kumari, Arizona State University (Graduate Student)

Diving Deep into the Red: Novel Cyanine Dyes for Super-Resolution Imaging

Fluorescent probes help biologists illuminate the inner workings of cancer cells. In this work, we study the photophysical properties of a novel

42 Votes

Elizabeth Fear, Horizon Honors High School (research conducted at the University of Arizona)

Effect of Hydration on Rhodopsin Activation

Rhodopsin, responsible for vision under dim light, is a prominent member of the G-Protein Coupled Receptor (GPCR) protein class which is

114 Votes

Swapnika Raola, University of Southern California (Undergraduate Student)

End-point PCR Analysis Using Capillary Flow as an Alternative to Gel Electrophoresis

We are finding a faster alternative to gel electrophoresis for template DNA identification. Using the same primer, bacteria strains Escherichia

165 Votes

Hersh Nanda, BASIS Chandler/ASU Science Program (High School Student)

An innovative polydimethylsiloxane microfluidic biosensing platform for rapid detection of viruses

The objective of this research project was to develop an innovative procedure for the fabrication of a versatile PDMS (polydimethylsiloxane)

56 Votes