Two students from MSMS are headed to Pittsburgh, PA to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
Aylin Memili, a Junior from Starkville, received the first place medal in the category of Microbiology. Not only that, she was awarded Best in Fair for her project, Discovering Science-based Solutions for the Emergence of Tetracycline Resistant Bacteria.
"I'm very excited to win not only my category, but Best in Fair, " said Aylin. "This has been one of the competitions I have always wanted to win and am honored to represent MSMS and Mississippi at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh."
Emoree Heiselt, a Senior from Starkville, received the first place medal in the category of Engineering/Mathematics/Computer Science. She also received second alternate in Best of Fair for her project, Cool It: Keeping Childern Safe from Playground Burns.
"I feel awesome," said Heiselt. "I'm extremely excited to have won my category and also have the experience of going to Pittsburgh with my classmate, Aylin."
Emoree also received two additional awards for her research. She received the Mu Alpha Theta Award for the Most Challenging, Original, Thorough, and Creative Investigation of a Problem Involving Mathematics, as well as the ASM Materials Education Foundation Award for Most Outstanding Exhibit in Materials Science.
Like Emoree, Aylin won two additional awards for her work. She received The Surgeon General's Special Science Award in Recognition of Outstanding Research in the Field of Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, and Health Science, as well as The Society for In Vitro Biology Award for Outstanding Achievement for Bility and Creativity in In Vitro Biology.
Over 300 students from 23 schools were represented at the Region V Science Fair that took place at Mississippi State's Humphrey Coliseum. Division winners in each category will go to the State Science Fair taking place March 24th at The Univeristy of Southern Mississippi.