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USEF Awards

students at science fair

We have amazing students in Salt Lake City School District, and many of our students won awards in the recent University of Utah Science & Engineering Fair. 

The University of Utah Science & Engineering Fair (USEF) is an annual science & engineering competition for students in grades 5-12. Participation in science fair stimulates student's interest in science and technology while simultaneously promoting the development of communication, decision making, evaluation of alternative solutions and critical thinking.

Congratulations to the award winners!

USEF 2020 - Junior Division
Biology & Biochemistry - Third Place
Grant Eliason & James Eliason
West High 
Adventures in Aquaponics

Chemistry - Second Place
Eva Zemp & Emily Cooper 
Clayton Middle School 
Cookie Chemistry

Engineering: Materials & Biomedical - Second Place
George Smith & Sam Limburg 
Hillside Middle School 
Do you even wax, Bro?

Medicine & Health Sciences - First Place
Eric Lu 
West High 
Coding for Codeine!

Plant Sciences - Third Place
Rebecca Leavitt & Mckenzie Coleman 
Hillside Middle School 
Radio-Frequency Radiation and Plant Growth

USEF 2020 - Elementary Division
Biology & Biochemistry - Honorable Mention 
Elizabeth Weidhaas 
Beacon Heights Elementary 
You are what you spit

Earth & Environmental Sciences – Third Place
Agatha Hunnicutt 
Whittier Elementary 
Alert! Alert! There's orange peels in the dirt!

Earth & Environmental Sciences - Honorable Mention 
Anna Skliar 
Whittier Elementary 
Environmentally Safe Alternatives to Road Salt

Earth & Environmental Sciences - Honorable Mention 
Bianka Chavez 
Emerson Elementary 
Gone Down Stream

Engineering: Materials & Biomedical - Second Place
Emily Jackson, Kamy Seavey & Elliana Allen 
Dilworth Elementary 
Absorbent or Not

Engineering: Mechanical - Second Place
Liam Nicholson 
Emerson Elementary 
Does the number of blades on a wind turbine affect the amount of energy produced?

Medicine & Health Sciences - Honorable Mention 
Gavin Reilly 
Uintah Elementary 
Effects of E-Cigarette Vape Liquids on Lung Epithelial Cells

Physics, Astronomy & Math - Honorable Mention 
Madeleine Stolz 
Hawthorne Elementary 
What’s the Deal? In shuffling cards, seven’s the lucky number! 

Plant Sciences - First Place
Tymon Nitecki 
Uintah Elementary 
GE or Non-GE? Which Corn Has More DNA and Protein?

Plant Sciences - Second Place
Sonora ("Nora") Clayton 
Uintah Elementary 
Stomatal Density of Woody Plants vs. Vines 

Plant Sciences - Third Place
Leif Kious 
Bonneville Elementary 
Pumpkin Preservation

USEF 2020 – Special Awards – Elementary and Junior Divisions
Office of Naval Research / U.S. Navy / U.S. Marine Corps. 
Kai Gerton 
West High 
Oxygen Saturation and Pulse Rate vs. Experience and Age in Scuba Diving