20 May 2010

CHS Student Receives Team Project Award at International Science Fair

Catholic High freshman Michael McDowell and his sister, senior Melissa McDowell from St. Josephí´s Academy, received Best in Category for Team Projects in Life Sciences at the 2010 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held May 9 í 14 in San Jose, Calif. 

Their team project, íÍDetermining the Optimal Scaffold for Three-Dimensional Bone Formation Using Bovine Adipose-Derived Adult Stem Cells,íñ involved taking adult stem cells from fat in a cow and placing it on three-dimensional scaffolds to grow into bone.

Michael and Melissa were awarded $3,000 for a first award plus $5,000 for best-of-category and a $1,000 first place special award sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association. 

The McDowell team competed at the regional and state level before competing at ISEF.  ISEF included 1,611 participants from 59 countries, regions and territories.  They were two of seven Louisiana students receiving awards at this yearí´s competition. 

íÍIt is impossible to understand the vastness of it until you attend.  To see all of these students excited to use science to impact the world in a positive way, is the most awesome thing,íñ commented Michael McDowell.