Bowling Green, Ky. – Two Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky students have been recognized as national semifinalists in the 2015 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology.
Harsh Moolani, a second-year student from Owensboro, and Alexandra Wright, a second-year student from Union, were both honored by the competition.
The Siemens Competition, the nation’s premiere science research competition for high school students, reports receiving more than 1,700 student submissions this year.
Established in 2007, The Gatton Academy is Kentucky’s first residential high school for gifted and talented junior and seniors. Gatton students enroll as juniors and are full-time WKU students.
“Simply doing the research on which a Siemens entry is based is hard work and demonstrates a high level of academic ability and commitment,” said Dr. Lynette Breedlove, The Gatton Academy Director. “Completing the submission process requires a great deal of effort and expertise, especially when students are also taking a full load of college courses. Reaching the level of semi-finalist is an incredible honor and recognition of the dedication Harsh and Alexandra have demonstrated in pursuing their research interests. I applaud all the Gatton Academy students who were working toward this goal.”
Moolani’s project used a self-patented, bio-friendly and single-step process to encapsulate an antibiotic around gold nanoparticles for optimal drug delivery.
Wright’s study evaluated two key regulators’ role on breast cancer cells’ survival, growth, motility, and oncogenic signaling. She was mentored by Dr. Alexandra Fajardo.