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Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair Announces Winners

INDIANAPOLIS,  March 24, 2018-Over 170 students from around Indiana gathered at “The Center” (Heritage Research Group Corporate facility) to showcase their research conducted over months and sometimes years of work.  Sending 14 students to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) and handing out over 150 special awards, the Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair (HSEF) selects from the best and brightest scientists, engineers, and mathematicians that Indiana has to offer.

Ankush Dhawan, a sophomore from Signature School in Newburgh received the Top Young Scientist prize of $500 sponsored by the Science and Education Foundation of Indiana, Inc. (SEFI).  In addition, Ankush will advance to the Intel ISEF in Pittsburgh, PA. His project, An Improved Method for Trace Level Arsenic Quantification in Water helps to identify toxins in our water supply. This research will make our drinking water safer and improve the overall wetland environment.

The following students will also present their projects at the Intel ISEF:

  • Abraham Oliver from Brown County High School in Nashville
  • Jacob Martin from Northwestern Sr High School in Kokomo
  • Amanda Wilson from Northwestern Sr High School in Kokomo
  • Bowen Jing from West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School in West Lafayette
  • Mitchell Sampson from Northview High School in Brazil
  • Anthony Weng from Terre Haute South Vigo High School in Terre Haute
  • Mary Sgroi From Trinity School At Greenlawn in South Bend
  • Victor Karwacinski From Trinity School At Greenlawn in South Bend
  • Jackson Boyle from Delta High School in Muncie
  • Nicole Segaran from Carmel High School in Carmel
  • Parker Jou from Carmel High School in Carmel
  • Sydney Hefty from DeKalb High School in Auburn
  • Akshaj Mishra from Signature School Inc in Evansville
  • Ankush Dhawan from Signature School Inc in Newburgh

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“Student participation in science fairs is an excellent way to explore through inquiry-based learning. Indiana’s support and expansion of STEM education will lead to the discoveries and breakthroughs that are vital to our future,” said Glen Cook executive director of SEFI.

SEFI is a non-profit whose purpose is to encourage and assist young people to become scientists, engineers, and mathematicians and to practice their professions in Indiana.  It seeks to bring science to Indiana students in the K-12 level and then connect those science students to Indiana colleges and universities.

It is also the sponsor of Celebrate Science Indiana October 6, 2018. To learn more visit or

Chemical Companies/Organizations Unite to Help Sponsor Celebrate Science Indiana 2017

Celebrate Science Indiana is in its seventh year. Many individuals, professional organizations, industries, and universities have been sponsors as well as active participants and exhibitors at this event that is attended by over 4,000 individuals each year. In this article, we highlight several chemists and chemical companies who sponsored and participated in past years and who willContinue Reading

Indiana student takes 3rd Place in the 2017 You Be The Chemist Challenge in Washington DC on June 19, 2017

Congratulations to Ameya Belamkar, 8th Grade student at Creekside Middle School in Carmel Indiana, who was awarded third place in the 2017 You Be The Chemist Challenge National Challenge which was held at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington DC on Monday, June 19. Ameya is 2nd from right front row (Photo Courtesy the ChemicalContinue Reading

Celebrate Science Indiana 2016 drew a big crowd on Saturday, October 1

Thank you to all attendees and exhibitors at Celebrate Science Indiana 2016 on Saturday, October 1. We had almost 4000 attendees at this, the 6th annual Celebrate Science Indiana and we look forward to you helping us to break that number by returning next year with friends and family members who were unable to attend this yearContinue Reading

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