Three Bangor High School students presented at the Northern New England Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (NNE-JSHS) held at the University of New Hampshire on March 27 and 28, 2014.
According to its website, the Junior Science and Humanities Program (JSHS) was “established in 1958 to increase the number of highly trained scientists and engineers in the United States by promoting research and experimentation at the secondary school level and by recognizing high school students for their original research achievements.”
High school students throughout the country are invited to submit research papers to their regional symposia. Fourteen Bangor High School students submitted full research papers to the Northern New England competition, and three were selected by judges to present and compete for awards and scholarships this year.
Junior Evan Brewer earned second place for Northern New England for his research on the use of rapidly frozen collagen nano structures for human tissue scaffolding. Evan will represent Northern New England at the National Junior Science Symposium in Washington, DC in April along with the regional first place winner, a student from New Hampshire.
Junior Mary Butler placed third and earned scholarship money for her work on a low cost water filter composed of plant fibers. Junior Andy Sandweiss presented his civil engineering research on the potential of micro-dams to mitigate water shortages in the country of Peru, and he earned a cash award for his fifth place showing.
Bangor High School students have a winning history at this competition, claiming third and fourth places in 2013, and first place in 2011, 2010 and 2007. In 2005, a BHS student was the national third place winner.