W.Va. Student Receives National Award

May 06, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va.A Monongalia County student is one of only seven students across the country to win a first place award in the 49th Annual National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in San Diego.

Swetha K. Doppalapudi, a student at Morgantown High School, captured first place in the life sciences division, one of the most competitive categories at the symposium. Her project was titled, “TLR3-mediated Signaling Protects Astrocytes Against Oxidative Stress Through SOD2 Upregulation.”
Winners at the recent event, sponsored by the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, receive $12,000 in scholarships. Additionally, the recipients will advance to the London International Youth Science Forum, scheduled July 27 through Aug. 10 at Imperial College, London.
The national competition brings together 240 high school students who qualify for attendance by submitting and presenting original scientific research papers in 48 regional events held at universities nationwide. Doppalapudi qualified for the national symposium at a regional event at West Virginia University.
About 100 adult leaders, high school teachers, university faculty, ranking military guests and others attend and join in encouraging the future generation of scientists and engineers and celebrating student achievement in the sciences.
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