Photograph of SPARK students presenting their projects at a science fair

SPARK students present their projects at a science fair.

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Our SPARK scholars present their mentored research projects at regional, state and international science fairs. Read news and information about the honors and awards received by the scholars.

  • Although no awards were given at the 2020 International Science and Engineering Fair, finalists presented their abstracts. Sally Barksdale (2019), Yash Gulani (2019), Grace Littler (2019) and Rishi Misra (2018, 2019) were invited as finalists.

  • Neha Sonthi (2019) and Sally Barksdale (2019) were named bronze winners for their projects at the 2020 Virtual Edition INSPO Research & Innovation Competition.

  • The 2020 State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. SPARK scholars Avani Bansal (2019), Sally Barksdale (2019), Ashton Body (2019), Skyler Demi (2019), Sarah Fraga (2019), Yash Gulani (2019), Stephanie Hernandez (2019), Ylliah Jin (2019), Grace Littler (2019), Rishi Misra (2018, 2019), Victoria Pham (2018, 2019), Neha Sonthi (2019), Aditi Verma (2019) and Amy Yan (2019) were invited as finalists.

  • The Society for Science & the Public announced that Ashton Body (2019) was named a top 300 Scholar in the 79th Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation's oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors. Ashton received $2,000 and her school also received $2,000 to use toward STEM-related activities.

  • Sally Barksdale (2019) placed first at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) at the University of Florida (UF) in January 2020. Sally presented her project to an audience of peers and a panel of UF researchers, who selected her as the top student speaker from Florida. Sally was invited to represent the state at the National JSHS in Virginia.

  • An article in Devil's Advocate, the newspaper of Stanton College Preparatory School, highlighted the mentorship experience of Aditi Verma (2019) in collaboration with Mayo Clinic researcher Peter Storz, Ph.D. Read more.

  • These SPARK scholars received special awards at the 2020 Northeast Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair:

    • Avani Bansal (2019) received a special award for outstanding senior project in medicine and health, second place, from the Office Environments and Services.

    • Sally Barksdale (2019) received special awards for project excellence in biochemistry, first place, from Johnson and Johnson and for superior senior projects that offer Air Force applicability from the U.S. Air Force.

    • Ashton Body (2019) received a special award for project excellence in biochemistry, second place, from Johnson and Johnson.

    • Ned Franklin (2019) received a special award for outstanding senior project in microbiology, second place, from the Office Environments and Services.

    • Marlon Brandon Griggs (2019) received a special award for project excellence in medicine and health, first place, from Johnson and Johnson.

    • Yash Gulani (2019) received special awards for excellence in plant or animal in vitro biology or cell culture from the Society for in Vitro Biology and for outstanding senior project in microbiology, first place, from the Office Environments and Services.

    • Rishi Misra (2018, 2019) received a special award for best senior medicine and health project from the UF College of Medicine.

    • Telvia Perez (2019) received a special award for project excellence in biochemistry, second place, from Johnson and Johnson.

    • Neha Sonthi (2019) received a special award for project excellence in medicine and health, second place, from Johnson and Johnson.

    • Aditi Verma (2019) received a special award for project excellence in biochemistry, first place, from Johnson and Johnson.

  • These SPARK scholars received special awards at the 2020 St. Johns County Science Fair:

    • Natalie Byron (2019) received honorable mention in the senior biomedical/cellular/microbiology category.

    • Kaitlyn Copland (2019) received honorable mention in the senior biomedical/cellular/microbiology category.

    • Skyler Demi (2019) placed second in the senior math category and received a special award in senior math from Mu Alpha Theta.

    • Sarah Fraga (2019) placed first in the senior math category.

    • Stephanie Hernandez (2019) placed second in the senior biomedical/cellular/microbiology category and received a special award in biomedical/cellular/microbiology from the Florida Association of Science Teachers.

    • Grace Littler (2019) placed first in the senior biomedical/cellular/microbiology category and received a special award in biomedical/cellular/microbiology from the St. Johns County Medical Alliance.

    • Victoria Pham (2018, 2019) placed third in the senior biomedical/cellular/microbiology category.

  • Ashton Body (2019) placed third at the 2019 International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix and was awarded $1,000 for her project on targeted drug delivery for drug-resistant cancer. She also received a $3,000 special award from the Drug, Chemical and Associated Technologies Association (DCAT).

  • At the 2018 Northeast Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Kavitha Vudatha (2017, 2018) placed first in the medicine and health category and received a special award for overall best project in the medicine and health category from the University of Florida College of Medicine.

  • At the 2018 International Science and Engineering Fair, Devanik Biswas (2017) was third place grand award winner in the biomedical and health science category for his project on the blood-brain barrier.

  • SPARK scholars from St. Johns County placed in 2018 regional, state and international science fairs. Read more.

  • An article in the Mayo Clinic medical science blog Advancing the Science highlighted research interests of Courtney Krider (2017, 2018). Read more.