Round Rock ISD students earned a total of 193 first-place or special awards at the annual Austin Energy Regional Science Festival, held Feb. 17-20 at the Palmer Events Center.
Awards were presented to outstanding student projects from Westwood and McNeil high schools, Canyon Vista Middle School and 23 elementary schools across the district.
The Austin Energy Regional Science Festival is among the largest of the 13 regional science fairs held in Texas, according to the organization. More than 3,500 elementary, middle and high school students and their families attend the event each year.
Winning junior and senior division projects will advance to the Texas Science and Engineering Fair, while Best in Fair projects advanced directly to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
The following first place and special award winners, their schools and projects are:
- Joel Abraham, Westwood, “Optimization of Probe Libraries via Golden Gate Cloning for High-Throughput RNA Structural Characterization,”
- Rucha Joshi, Westwood, “Determining Network Robustness Using Region Based Connectivity,”
- Saket Myneni, Westwood, “Novel Approach to Antibiotics and Antifungals: Testing The Effectiveness of Azadirachta Indica Extracts,” and
- Sindhuja Uppuluri, Canyon Vista, “Investigating the Lethality of Silver Nanoparticles.”
The following students earned special awards:
- Govind Ramesh, Canyon Vista, Broadcom Masters SSP Award,
- Sindhuja Uppuluri, Canyon Vista, Broadcom Masters SSP Award,
- Sohan Agnihotri, Canyon Vista, U.S. Navy/Marine Science Junior Recognition,
- Nisha Kolagotla, McNeil, Society of Women Engineers First Senior,
- Joel Abraham, Westwood, Superintendent Award for Round Rock ISD,
- Rucha Joshi, Westwood, U.S. Air Force and Austin Energy Best of Fair,
- Sneha Venkatesan, Westwood, U.S. Navy/Marine Science Award,
- Priyam Mazumdar, Westwood, BioAustin,
- Saket Myneni, Westwood, Austin Energy Best of Fair,
- Grace Joh, Laurel Mountain Elementary School, Society of Women Engineers first,
- Laken Colley, Chandler Oaks Elementary School, Society of Women Engineers first,
- Maya Pasapuleti, Laurel Mountain, Society of Women Engineers first, and
- Lilian Wood, Chandler Oaks, Society of Women Engineers first.
Students at Caraway and Spicewood elementary schools received the most awards, each totaling 14 winning projects. Laurel Mountain Elementary School students received 13 first-place awards.
England, Great Oaks, Sommer and Caldwell Heights elementary schools each had 11 students earn first-place or special awards. Students at Forest Creek and Cactus Ranch elementary schools earned 10 first-place awards.
Additional elementary schools with first-place winners are Teravista and Jollyville with nine students; Chandler Oaks with eight students; Canyon Creek and Pond Springs with seven students; Live Oak with six students; Deep Wood, Fern Bluff, Anderson Mill and Union Hill with five students, Wells Branch with four students; Herrington and Double File Trail with two students; and Berkman with one student.