CT Students at National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium

Many Thanks to Ethan Novek for reporting on the 53rd National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium, April 29-May 2, Hunt Valley, Maryland.

To be selected as National JSHS competitors, Connecticut students competed at the CT JSHS, March 15-16, University of Connecticut. If compete in the Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair and in the 9-12th grade, you most definitely consider competing in the CT JSHS. All of this year’s Connecticut competitors were also Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair participants.

Ethan’s Report:

We had a wonderful experience at the National JSHS.

Some of the highlights of the trip:

  • Toured the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. We were given a customized tour with a focus on the Navy’s research labs for JSHS delegates. It was led by an Operations Research student at the Naval Academy and a professor in Fluid Dynamics.
  • Experienced Washington D.C. in the Twilight – Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, White House
  • Encountered extraordinary people from all over the U.S. and Territories who share our passion in STEM.

Oral Presenters


l-t-r: Akshi Agarwal, Ethan Novek, Anubhuti Mathur, and Stephen Jepsen (missing: Paul Han)

Paul Han, Glastonbury High School – Advisor: Dr. Ali Bazzi
Evaluation of Several Resonant Power Electronic Converters in Capacitively Coupled Wireless Energy Transmitters

Ethan Novek, Greenwich High School – Advisor: Mr. Andrew Bramante
Low Grade Waste Heat Recovery and Carbon Sequestration using an Innovative Reverse Electrodialysis (RED) and Pressure Retarded Osmosis (PRO) System

Poster Presenters

Akshi Agarwal, Hamden High School – Advisor: Michelle Delucia
ACVR1/ALK2 Inhibitors as a Cure for Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) 


l-t-r: Paul Haven, NA cadet, Ethan Novek, NA cadet, NA cadet, Akshi Agarwal, NA cadet, Anubhuti Mathur, and Stephen Jepsen

Stephen Jepsen, Bridgeport Aquaculture Science and Technology Education Center – Advisor: Mr. Kirk Shadle
Low Temperature Thermal Cracking of High-Density Polyethylene via Zeolite and Pillared Clay Catalysts

Anubhuti Mathur, Glastonbury High School – Advisor: Professor Sangamesh Kumbar
Preparation and Comparison of EGCG-Loaded PLGA and Cellulose Acetate Microparticles for Osteoarthritis Treatment

Awards at National JSHS

Ethan Novek: 3rd Place Environmental Science ($4,000 Scholarship)



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