Article: Congratulations 2021 SARSEF Award Winners!

Congratulations 2021 SARSEF Award Winners!

Congratulations to the following TVUSD students and their teacher sponsors who had great success at the 66th Annual Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation's 2021 Virtual Science and Engineering Fair! Nearly 3000 students were expected to compete. Finalists competed for over $100,000 of cash and prizes including scholarships. 

This year's Top Middle School Award went to Emily Gray Jr. High School, for the second year in a row! 

2021 Winning Schools

Emily Gray Junior High

Top School – Middle School – $500 Award for Research Supplies and Trophy


2021 Winning Projects by School

Tanque Verde High School

Grade-Locator / Student(s)

Project / All Awards

Teacher / Category



HS-AS017

Emily Ignatoff

Avian Relationships to Cottonwood (Populus fremontii) in Perennial vs Intermittent Riparian Ecosystems in Southern Arizona

SARSEF Grand Award: 2nd Place

Alex and Winn Lindsay Award – $1000 check and a certificate (will determine true amount by end of February)

Saguaro National Park Award – $100 check and certificate

Dr. Mark Saliba

Animal Science



HS-CB002

Karah Mayer

In Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Patient Tissue, UG Rich RNA Is Not Preferentially Soluble as Predicted

SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place

Best of Cellular & Microbiological Sciences Award – $500 Scholarship and Certificate

ISEF Finalist and UA Scholarship – Trip to the Regeneron ISEF For student plus $2500 UA Scholarship

Jack Johnson Arizona Excellence in Science Award – $2,500 Scholarship

Dr. Grazyna Zreda

Cellular and Molecular Biol





Emily Gray Junior High

Grade-Locator / Student(s)

Project / All Awards

Teacher / Category



7-EE009

Katie Beverage

Reef Up

SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place

The Lemelson Early Inventor Prize – $100 voucher and certificate

Mr. Greg Gaines

Energy and Environmental Engineering



7-EE003

Santino Celani

The Auto Soil Testing and Hydration System

SARSEF Grand Award: 2nd Place

Excellence in Civil Engineering (7th) – $150 Cash Prize and Certificate

Mr. Greg Gaines

Energy and Environmental Engineering



7-AP002

Ben Head

Straight Up Soil Situation

SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place

Robin M. Cattler Innovation Award – $50 Check and certificate

Third Place Award – $50, certificate and one-year family membership to Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society

Mr. Greg Gaines

Animal and Plant Science



7-EA002

Lea Layton

Megan L Lujan

Which Natural Process Slows Down Decomposition Best?

SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place

The Lemon Tree – $50 check and certificate

Mr. Greg Gaines

Earth and Environmental Science



7-BE004

Elise Mansour

Do Hummingbirds Have A Color Preference?

SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place

SARSEF Board of Directors Award – $50 check and certificate

Mr. Greg Gaines

Behavioral and Social Science



7-ER007

Samuel M. Mata

Can You Make a Functioning Sleeping Bag Out of Bags From Amazon?

Naval Excellence in Science Research Award – $25 Check, Certificate

TEP Award of Excellence – $75 Check and Certificate

Mr. Greg Gaines

Engineering, Robotics, and Computer Science



7-ER003

Sabine Meredith

A Virtual Environment for Socializing During the Pandemic

SARSEF Grand Award: 2nd Place

Mr. Greg Gaines

Engineering, Robotics, and Computer Science



7-EE004

Emme Moore

The Fauna Safe

SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place

Mr. Greg Gaines

Energy and Environmental Engineering



7-EE005

Gavin Panttlia

Motion Light

SARSEF Grand Award: 2nd Place

Mr. Greg Gaines

Energy and Environmental Engineering



8-BE002

Saturnino Felix-Pajkos

Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Looking for a New System of Drawing Congressional Districts so Gerrymandering Cannot Affect Our Elections

Using Science in Responsible Citizenship – $50 and cert, gift bag

Mrs. Lara Huetter

Behavioral and Social Science



8-CH006

Nathan Ignatoff

Can Plant Waste Materials Extract Fabric Dye from Wastewater?

SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place

Mrs. Lara Huetter

Chemical Science



8-EA005

Annika Koessler

Minimizing Microbial Menagerie – Why is Microbe Diversity Decreasing?

SARSEF Grand Award: 2nd Place

Leonore and Jack Mayer Memorial Award – $50 check and certificate

Mrs. Lara Huetter

Earth and Environmental Science



8-HW008

Madeline McCabe

Does Wearing a Mask Affect Oxygen Levels?

SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place

Mrs. Lara Huetter

Health and Wellness



8-BE001

Talya O'Neil

Article vs. Infographic: What Do Students Remember Better?

SARSEF Grand Award: 2nd Place

Excellence in Palm Oil Education – $25 check and certificate

Southern Arizona Psychological Association Award – 2nd Place – $75 prize

Mrs. Lara Huetter

Behavioral and Social Science



8-EA003

Daniel Provenzano

Sustainability of a Tucson Aquatic Habitat

SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place

Leonore and Jack Mayer Memorial Award – $50 check and certificate

Mrs. Lara Huetter

Earth and Environmental Science



8-BE004

Mia Ramos

Does the Ketogenic Diet Affect Cognitive Ability in People With Parkinson's Disease?

SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place

Adventure in Science Award – $45 check and cert

AZAALAS Special Award of Merit – $50 Check and Certificate

Mrs. Lara Huetter

Behavioral and Social Science





Agua Caliente Elementary School

Grade-Locator / Student(s)

Project / All Awards

Teacher / Category



K-PM003

Norah Grace

How Are Rainbows Made?

SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place

Nicole Mikkelson

Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics



1-PM101-C

Class of 24

Sounds All Around

SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place

Deb Goepfrich

Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics



2-BE001

Madison Silverman

Does Color Affect Taste?

SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place

Best Female Project, 2nd Grade – Certificate, $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Becky Beier

Behavioral and Social Sciences



3-EA004

Avery Johnson

Geodes

Student Award for Geoscience Excellence – $25 check and certificate

Tucson Gem & Mineral Society

for Elementary School – $35 check and gift bag

Jennifer Mansour

Earth and Environmental Sciences



3-HW004

Gabriel H. Pelletier

The Effect of Caffeine on Mealworms

SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place

Shannon Jeffrey

Health and Wellness



3-CH008

Presley Trubee-Wik

Which Water Is Best?

SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place

Shannon Jeffrey

Chemical Sciences



4-EE004

Claire Beverage

Clean vs. Dirty

SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place

Stacy Carter

Energy and Environmental Engineering



4-ER008

Adam Keeme

Zachary Keeme

Can a Robot Navigate a Maze?

SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place

Ellen Rieger

Engineering, Robotics and Computer Sciences



5-EA003

Noemi D. Celani

What Can the Mesquite Trees in My Yard Tell Me About the History of Climate and Site Changes on My Property?

SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place

SARSEF Board of Directors Award – $50 check and certificate

Nancy Ingerson

Earth and Environmental Sciences





Tanque Verde Elementary School

Grade-Locator / Student(s)

Project / All Awards

Teacher / Category



4-ER105-C

Class of 24

The Trash Conveyor Belt

SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place

Mrs. Karel

Engineering, Robotics and Computer Sciences



5-ER008

Ephram Lines

Electric Back Massager

SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place

Mrs. Hust

Engineering, Robotics and Computer Sciences



6-ER006

Parker Harwell

3D Printer Filament PLA or PTEG

SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place

Mrs. Basler

Engineering, Robotics, and Computer Science



6-EE013

Logan Nielsen

Fan Powered Hovercraft

SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place

3rd Place Middle School Award – TI-34 Calculator

Mrs. Vega

Energy and Environmental Engineering




Source: https://sarsef.org/10557-2021-sarsef-winners/

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