Last week, NAVS attended the world’s largest science competition for pre-college students, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona, where we once again had the pleasure of rewarding excellence in humane science.
This year marked the 18th year of NAVS presenting our Humane Science Award. This award recognizes projects that demonstrate innovation and scientific advancement through the use of alternatives to animal experimentation. We are honored to be the only animal advocacy organization that presents an award at this prestigious event.
Judging for this year’s awards was conducted by NAVS Science Advisors Sherry Ward and Pam Osenkowski, along with NAVS’ Director of Legal and Legislative Programs Marcia Kramer. Nearly 1,850 students participated in the science fair this year. Our judges reviewed hundreds of their projects and narrowed the field down to 11 promising young scientists from whom we selected this year’s awardees.
We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Humane Science Award, each of whom will receive a cash prize for their outstanding work in the area of Cellular and Molecular Biology.
1st Place: Afiya Quryshi, “GATA6 and GATA4 CRISPR Cas-9 and shRNA Technology to Investigate Human Gastric Development and Disease Using Human Organoid Model Systems”
2nd Place: Ryan Onatzevitch, “Investigation of Aspects of Neuron Function in Schizophrenia Using hiPSC Cells”
3rd Place: Madhav Subramanian, “ETM* Is Indispensable to Endothelial Cell Physiology during Pathological Angiogenesis”
NAVS congratulates these exceptional students for their hard work in advancing better, more humane science. We will be sharing more information about the students’ projects, including videos of the students describing their work, in the near future.