Last week, NAVS attended the world’s largest science competition for pre-college students, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where we once again had the pleasure of rewarding excellence in humane science.
This year marked the 17th 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 John Harbell and Pam Osenkowski, along with NAVS’ Director of Legal and Legislative Programs Marcia Kramer. Our judges reviewed hundreds of projects and narrowed the field down to a dozen promising young scientists to select this year’s awardees.
We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Humane Science Award, each of whom will receive a cash prize for their outstanding work. (Pictured left to right.)
1st Place: Erin Kajihiro, Cellular and Molecular Biology, “Development of Animal Component-Free Media for the Cryopreservation of Drosophila S2 Cells”
2nd Place: Siyuan Ma and Alexander Anderson, Biomedical Engineering, “Holding Your Heart in Your Hand: 3D-Printing a Mechanically Accurate Aortic Valve Model”
3rd Place: Marissa Sumathipala, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, “MiRNet: A Novel in silico Network-Based Approach to miRNA Drug Target Identification for Next Generation Drug Discovery”
NAVS congratulates all of 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.
NAVS is proud to support students like Erin, Siyaun, Alexander and Marissa, who are advancing smarter science that does not harm animals. Help us continue to encourage future generations of humane scientists with your donation to NAVS today. Thank you!