At national science symposium: GHS student places third

Mallory Madfes’ presentation impressed the judges at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

Mallory Madfes’ presentation impressed the judges at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

Mallory Madfes, a senior at Greenwich High School, recently placed third in a research showcase poster presentation at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) in Dayton, Ohio.

One of 44 poster presenters at the National JSHS, Mallory won $800 for a presentation on her research project titled Mycoremediation of PCB Soil Contaminants with Pleurotus Ostreatus. Her research revealed that the oyster mushroom fungus may be a much easier and less expensive alternative to current methods of remediating soil contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which are toxic to humans.

The National JSHS, held May 1 to 5, invited the top finishers from regional competitions around the country to showcase their original research projects and compete for honor, scholarships and cash awards. The top two finishers in each region gave oral presentations. The third-place finishers gave poster presentations.

Mallory earned the right to attend the national event with her third-place finish in the oral presentations at the Connecticut JSHS at the University of Connecticut in Storrs in March.

According to Connecticut JSHS Director Joy Erickson, who accompanied the Connecticut contingent to the national symposium, “People tell me all the time that high school kids can’t do research. They haven’t seen these kids.”

JSHS is organized by the Academy of Applied Sciences with the sponsorship of the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force to encourage young people to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and to provide recognition for their achievements. About 10,000 secondary students nationwide participate through 46 university-based regional symposia.

For more information, visit ctjshs.uconn.edu and Jshs.org.

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