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Two Bethel Park High School Students Earn Awards At PRSEF

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Two Bethel Park High School students earned several awards and scholarships at the 78th annual Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair held at Heinz Field.

Bethel Park High School senior Jessica Viehman earned seven awards including a Second Place $150 award in the Senior Category, in recognition of scientific excellence in engineering for her project, “Geopolymer Concrete: The New Standard?” Jessica also received an Affiliate Sponsor Award from the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps Office of Naval Research; the Arconic Foundation Diamond Sponsor Award; the Society of American Military Engineers Pittsburgh Post Sponsor Award; a Sponsor Award and Internship Offer from the American Society of Civil Engineers Pittsburgh Section; a Sponsor Award from the Webb Law Firm and the Associate Scientist Perseverance Award from PRSEF in recognition of her four years of active participation.

Junior Angela Burns received scholarships from Allegheny College and Chatham University for her project, “Identifying Genes That Regulate Apoptosis in D. Melanogaster.” Angela worked on this project as a 2016 Summer Intern with the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute’s Summer Academy, where she worked with Pitt Cancer Researchers in the Drug Discovery and Computational Biology Lab on the Pitt campus.

PRSEF highlights student research projects in science, math and engineering by students in grades 6-12 from 21 Western Pennsylvania counties and Garrett County, Maryland.

The students were prepared for this competition by Bethel Park High School Science Teachers Randi Durmis and Barbara Eisel.