St. Andrew’s Episcopal School students win Mississippi Region II Science Fair at JSU

By Jean Gordon Cook

(JACKSON, Miss.) – Vineet Aggarwal (left) and Ria Goel took the top prize at the Mississippi Region II Science and Engineering Fair Friday, March 25, at Jackson State University.

The 10th graders won “Best of Fair” for their project titled, “A Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Algal Assemblages in Central Mississippi.”  

The winners will advance to the Mississippi Science and Engineering Fair slated for March 29 at Mississippi State University and the International Science and Engineering Fair in May in Los Angeles.           

 This year’s regional fair attracted close to 1,300 students from public and private schools in Claiborne, Copiah, Hinds, Jefferson, Madison, Rankin and Warren counties. Jackson State University has been hosting the fair for more than three decades. The competition helps spark interest among young people in science and math, and serves as the preliminary to the Mississippi Science and Engineering Fair.

Student projects included experiments in biochemistry, botany, chemistry, physics, microbiology, zoology, medicine and health, and earth, space and environmental science. Close to 200 experts with advanced degrees in science, mathematics or engineering volunteered to judge the entries.           

Photo of Vineet Aggarwal and Ria Goel:



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