Upper School Students Shine at Badger State Science and Engineering Fair

Nearly 35 USM students competed in the virtual Badger State Engineering and Science Fair (BSSEF) on Saturday, April 10 and took home a total of 21 awards. This year, Max Watchmaker ’23 received the ISEF Finalist Grand Award. “In a year of constant change, our students committed themselves to meaningful research, successfully completing projects that originated in their natural curiosity,” said Robert Juranitch, Upper School science teacher. “While the world seemed to be on hold, they continued to forge ahead. I am extremely proud of all our young scientists.” Juranitch also serves as the Upper School science fair coordinator.

Congratulations to the following BSSEF award recipients:

Specialty Award Recognition:
Buwei Chen ’22: Mu Alpha Theta
Libby Cox ’23: US Agency for International Development
Jonathan Crawford ’23: American Society for Quality Award, second place
Clara Engman ’22 and Greta Hinke ’22: Association of Women Geoscientists; and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Zindzi Frederick ’23 and Ellie Lin ’23: American Society for Quality Award, first place, and Earth Hug Award
Elise Gozon ’23 and India Vielehr ’23: Stockholm Junior Water Prize
Mya Johnson ’21: Alpha Chi Sigma Award; and United States Air Force Award
Azara Mason ’24: American Psychological Association Award

Category Awards Recognition:
Buwei Chen ’22: Second Award in Math/Computer Science
Talia Ciralsky ’23: Second Award in Medicine/Health
Nicholas Hu ’23: First Award in Math/Computer Science
Mya Johnson ’21: Third Award in Chemistry/Biochemistry
Anika Krishnamurti ’22: Third Award in Behavioral Science
Azara Mason ’24: First Award in Behavioral Science
Jordan Thomas ’23: Third Award in Biology
Max Watchmaker ’23: First Award in Medicine/Health
Irene Zheng ’23: Second Award in Behavioral Science

Grand Award Recognition:
Max Watchmaker ’23: ISEF Finalist Grand Award

The top three projects from BSSEF and top two from the USM Regional Fair move on to the virtual Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in May, where they will compete for nearly $5 million in awards, prizes, and scholarships. USM’s Regeneron ISEF delegation will consist of the following students:
Buwei Chen ’22
Mya Johnson ’21
Jordan Thomas ’23
Max Watchmaker ’23

Please join us in congratulating all our young scientists on their fine work throughout the year. Best of luck to our Regeneron ISEF Finalists!
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