Eastside student nabs two awards at international science fair

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11:28 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11:28 a.m.

An Eastside High School student has received international recognition for her research into Alzheimer's disease.

Meenakshi Bose, a junior, won second place in the Medicine and Health category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles last week, along with a special award from the China Association for Science and Technology.

Meenakshi's project, “Nicotine and Genistein as Novel Therapeutic Agents for Alzheimer's Disease,” won a first place award as well as Best in Show at the regional science fair earlier this year, qualifying her for the international fair. She was awarded $1,500 for the second-place win and $1,200 with the CAST award.

Eastside sophomores Christopher Fregly and Brandon Kim and Buchholz High sophomore Sanika Subhash also participated in ISEF.

About 1,600 students from 70 countries competed in the fair this year, with projects ranging from computer science to zoology to engineering.

“It's a huge honor just to make it to the international fair,” Alachua County Public Schools science curriculum coordinator ZoEllen Warren, wrote in a statement. “The competition from around the world is very tough, so we're very proud that one of our own brought home not one but two awards.”

Contact Erin Jester at 338-3166 or erin.jester@gainesville.com.

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