The students were mentored by Lawrence High science research teacher Rebecca Isseroff.
Every year, students submit innovative individual and team research projects to regional and national levels of competition as they vie for college scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to $100,000. For the first time ever this year, a new prize structure ensures that national finalists will receive a minimum of $25,000.
This year 491 students were recognized as semifinalists out of the more than 1,860 projects submitted. This group of students and their projects advance to the six regional competitions held in November.
Individual and team winners of the regional contests earn the opportunity to compete in the National Finals held at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in December where $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded, including two top prizes of $100,000.
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