Five Students Win Awards at PRSEF

The Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair (PRSEF) invites middle and high school students to take on the challenge of designing, implementing, and communicating an original experiment while competing for cash prizes and scholarships. PRSEF is open to all students in grades 6–12 from the 21 counties within Western Pennsylvania and Garrett County, Maryland. The Science Fair has been a Pittsburgh tradition since 1940. It is also the third oldest science fair in the United States under the affiliation of Society for Science, which runs the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) and the Broadcom MASTERS middle school competition.


Five students from Mt. Lebanon High School participated in the PRSEF competition on March 23rd. 

Yash Botre and Alexander Stefanov presented their project titled Analyzing Disease Utilizing a Novel Computerized Approach. Aidan Hall presented his project titled Can Human Movement Charge Cell Phones?

Natalie McGee earned a third place category award (valued at $75) in the category of Physics and Astronomy.  She also received the NASA Earth System Science Award for her project titled Using MAVEN Data to Describe Localized Magnetic Field Fluctuations on Mars's Crustal Field Regions.

Vishnu Venugopal earned a scholarship from Slippery Rock University for his project titled Analyzing AI Effectiveness with Risk. Details of the scholarship are as follows:

Slippery Rock University will award up to 10 undergraduate scholarships valued at $8,000 ($2,000 per academic year for four years) for individuals majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics & Statistics, Geography, Geology and the Environment, Computer Science, Physics, and Psychology at Slippery Rock University. Students must have at least a 3.8 cumulative weighted high school GPA to be eligible for the SRU Merit Scholarship and be entering the senior year of high school. Students should apply for admission by December 1 in their senior year. Recipients will be required to maintain a 2.5 GPA, complete 24 new credits per academic year and be enrolled at Slippery Rock University full-time, following the approved curriculum, in one of the majors listed above. The total financial aid, including this scholarship, may not exceed the total cost of attendance determined by the Office of Financial Aid each year.

Natalie and Vishnu also received Associate Scientist Perseverance Awards for their years of participation in PRSEF. Eleventh and twelfth grade students with three or four years and tenth grade students with four or five years of active participation are eligible for this perseverance award.

Please join us in congratulating these students on their dedication to scientific research and their success in presenting their findings.