Six Win Osteopathic Medical Award at State Science Day

OU-HCOM Students Judge Projects

(May 14, 2019) The Ohio Osteopathic Association awarded the Osteopathic Medical Award to six middle school and high school students at the 71th Annual State Science Day, held May 11 at The Ohio State University in Columbus. In all, 85 students competed for the prize: 42 in the 7th-9th grade category, and 43 State Science Day 2019in the 10th-12th grade category.

Sponsored by the Ohio Academy of Science, State Science Day is the pinnacle of student originated, inquiry-based science education. This year, more than 1,100 students in grades 5-12 from over 300 schools competed for scholarships and awards valued at nearly $500,000. As part of the sponsored awards program, the OOA presented $650 in cash prizes for outstanding projects related to the field of medicine. Priority was given to projects related to interrelationships between the body’s function and structure, the musculoskeletal system, or a holistic approach to medicine, including internal and external factors and preventive treatments.

The Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) recruited medical students to serve as judges for the event. Twelve OU-HCOM student volunteers spent their Saturday morning judging for the Osteopathic Medical Award. All are second-year students at the OU-HCOM Dublin campus: Dylan Bailey; Mark Bugada; Sean Conley; Carly Gemma; Nick Gualtieri; Ryan Jay; Brian Jordan; Jamie Kuhlman; Megan McBride; Mallory McCormick; Shilpa Murthy; and Spencer Willette.

Student Doctor Conley, SOMA vice president at the Dublin campus, coordinated the project.

The following received the Osteopathic Medical Award:

SENIOR DIVISION, 10th-12th grade (43 entries)

First Place ($150)
Can an Ancient Remedy be Used on a Modern Bacteria
Chance Frater
Benjamin Logan High School, East Liberty - 11th grade

Second Place ($100)
Effect of Natural Compounds Curcumin and Nicotinamide on a-Synuclein Accumulation in a C. elegans Model of Parkinson’s
Sheetal Sai Tallada
Glen Oak High School, Canton - 12th grade

Third Place ($75)
Sharklet’s Inhibition of Bacterial Growth Relative to Surfaces Frequently Found in Hospitals
Selin Ustel
Lincoln High School, Blacklick - 12th grade

JUNIOR DIVISION, 7th-9th grade (42 entries)

First Place ($150)
The Impact of Inflammation on Joint Range of Motion
Regan O’Hara Sharp
St. Columban, Loveland - 8th grade

Second Place ($100)
Balancing Act
Lucas Mateo Aguilar
St. Columban, Loveland - 8th grade

Third Place ($75)
What are the Benefits of Curcumin Against Tumor Progression?
Natalie Carol Rekart
St. Benedict Catholic School, Toledo - 8th grade

See more photos on the OOA Facebook page.

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