PITTSBURGH, April 2, 2016 More than 1,200 students representing schools throughout the region competed yesterday in Carnegie Science Center’s 77th annual Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair — one of the oldest and largest science fairs in the nation.  This year’s participation was the highest since the Space Race era in 1962. Awards totaled $1 million in cash and scholarships, and winners were announced at a ceremony at Heinz Field today.

Four students were selected to represent the region at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) – to be held in May in Phoenix.  These young scientists are:

·         Xiao-Xi Gao, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School, with the project Chloroquine and Cancer Therapy

·         Natalia Hajlasz, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School, with the project Simulating Mg2+ Water Dissociation

·         Alexandra Miller, Northern Garrett High School, with the project Get Up ‘N’ Go: Walker Stabilization Device

·         Ananya Satyawadi, Shady Side Academy, with the project Effects of Angiotensin and Cell Area on Cell Death in Heart Cells

ISEF will bring together nearly 1,700 students from 72 nations and territories to compete for scholarships, tuition grants, internships, scientific field trips, and the grand prize: a trip to attend the Nobel Prize Ceremonies in Stockholm. Carnegie Science Center was instrumental in the selection of Pittsburgh to host ISEF in 2012, 2015, and 2018.

Three students were selected to receive Carnegie Science Awards, which recognize achievement in innovation, education, and entrepreneurship, and will be conferred at a ceremony on May 6 at Carnegie Music Hall in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. Awardees are:

·         Junior Division: Oscar Heller, Carson Middle School, with the project The World Cup of Programming: NXT vs. EV3 vs. Robot.c

·         Intermediate Division: Aria Eppinger, Winchester Thurston School, with the project Roundup’s Effect on Bacteria

·         Senior Division: Sophia Yurkovetsky, Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy, with the project Neutral Tissue Morphology as a Result of dShrm Overexpression

Among other honors, more than 130 students won Perseverance Awards for longevity of participation in the science fair, and 20 universities awarded more than 100 scholarships.

2016 Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair First Place Category Award Winners
All first-place category award projects will be on display at Carnegie Science Center from now through Sunday, April 10.

Junior (grade 6)
Consumer Science: Andres Aiello and Arturo Zarour, Falk Laboratory School

Life Science: Vedha Avali, Marshall Middle School

Physical Science: Oscar Heller, Carson Middle School

Intermediate (grades 7–8)
Behavioral and Social Science: Adam Ozegovich, Yough Intermediate/Middle School

Biology: Emily Mullen, St. Mary of the Assumption, Glenshaw

Chemistry: Prateek Adurty, Sewickley Academy

Computer Science / Math: Rajeev Godse, Dorseyville Middle School

Consumer Science: Maya Poziviak, Mary of Nazareth Catholic School

Earth / Space / Environment: Thomas O'Toole, Saint Kilian Parish School

Engineering / Robotics: Amulya Garimella, Dorseyville Middle School

Medicine / Health / Microbiology: Aria Eppinger, Winchester Thurston School

Physics: Maya Cranor, Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy

Senior (grades 9–12)
Behavioral and Social Science: Caitlyn Pascucci, Freeport Area Senior High School

Biology: Sophia Yurkovetsky, Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy

Chemistry: Vashisth Parekh, Upper St. Clair High School

Computer Science / Math: Arjan Guglani, Pine-Richland High School

Earth / Space / Environment: Vedant Parekh, Upper St. Clair High School

Engineering / Robotics: Alexandra Miller, Northern Garrett High School

Medicine / Health / Microbiology: Joseph Anand, Saint John Paul II Homeschool CO-OP

Physics: Sahil Doshi, Upper St. Clair High School

For a complete list of winners at all levels in all categories, visit

About Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes, and off-site education programs.

About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Founded by Andrew Carnegie 120 years ago, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums dedicated to exploration through art and science: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. The museums reach more than 1.3 million people a year through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.