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)
IN THE CASE OF A TIE WITHIN A CATEGORY, SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE SHARED PROPORTIONALLY BY STUDENT WINNERS.
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.
- ALL SELF-SUBMITTED VIDEOS WILL BE REVIEWED AND APPROVED BY AZBIO PRIOR TO APPEARING ON THE COMPETITION PAGE.
- If your video is NOT on YouTube or Vimeo, contact AZBio at 480-779-8101 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide you with a link so you can upload your video to our server for this contest.
STUDENTS: BY PROVIDING YOUR VIDEO, YOU ARE CONFIRMING THAT AGREE TO THE CONTEST TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
Student Discovery Zone 2020 Scholarship Challenge
- Toggle Buttons to the far right on the blue bar will allow you to toggle between the List and Grid view.
- To learn more about a student protect, click on the Student Name associated with the video.
- Videos are displayed with the most recent videos at the top. Use the SORT drop down for other views.
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 and fungus Candida albicans, which may give rise to health conditions including heart valve infection or periodontitis, respectively. Read More
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 and healthy in space. Read More
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 within our healthcare system, such as accessible testing and rapid reporting. Read More
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 a patient’s blood by first converting blood into a stem cell state called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Read More
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 targeted by a third of all pharmaceuticals. Read More
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 at an advanced stage which makes treatment harder as there is no cure. Read More
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) microfluidic device that is capable of detecting viruses and small molecules. Read More
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. Soil microbes drive decomposition and carbon stabilization, making them important for carbon cycling. Read More
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 well as tau protein which form tangles around brain cells. Read More
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 class of far-red fluorescent probes that could allow live tissue to be imaged in greater depth and detail than is possible with current techniques. Read More
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. Since data are collected by different people using different methods, it can be hard for everyone to understand exactly what the data mean. Read More
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 has been identified as a novel potentially potent anticancer drug target. Read More
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 women. Read More
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. Patients with GBM have a median survival rate between 12-14 months. Read More
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 of cancers. Read More
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 efficiency and personalizes treatments based on transcriptomic, genomic, and metabolomic profiling. Read More
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 coli K-12 and O157:H7 form different amplicon lengths. Read More
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) and identify suspects. Read More