Austin-area HRI Students Take Top Prizes at Regional Science Fair
The High School Research Initiative is an innovative dual-enrollment program that provides high school students the opportunity to experience college-level science research with faculty and graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin. Now in its second year of implementation, students at Austin High School, Travis High School, St. Michael’s Catholic Academy, and St. Dominic Savio High School are participating in HRI. An additional 3–4 Austin-area schools are committed to join the initiative in the 2018–19 school year. HRI partners with UTeach Natural Sciences, OnRamps, and the Freshman Research Initiative at UT Austin.
In February, 30 Austin-area HRI students from all four HRI partner schools participated in the Austin Regional Science Fair, and of those, 11 of them placed in the top five in their categories. Five of them placed highly enough to advance to the Texas Science and Engineering Fair on March 23–24 in San Antonio. The students’ projects spanned disciplines; some of the winning projects include “The Mpemba Effect,” a second-place chemistry project by Michael McCuskey of St. Dominic Savio; Pendo Mogofwa of St. Michael’s Catholic Academy earned first place with his biochemistry project, “Comparing the Absorption Rates of Different Meats in 10 mL of 0.1 M NaCl and 0.1 HCl Marinades”; a plant sciences project measuring the effect on pollution on plants earned Madison Cross of Austin High School a third-place finish; Aldan Dye of St. Dominic Savio placed third with his physics project, “The Use of Optical Lenses to Mitigate Select Wavelengths of Light”; and Jonathan Shoemaker of St. Dominic Savio earned third place for his materials science entry, “A Multidimensional Three Species for Wormlike Micellar Fluids in Porous Media.”
Please join us in congratulating and wishing good luck to all the HRI students on their continued success as part of this program!