Sophomore Alexis Kellogg represented Warwick High School at the recent Intel International Science and Engineering Fair that was held May 13th through 18th in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Alexis was among the few students in Warwick history to qualify for this prestigious event. She presented her project titled “Accelerated Biodegradation of Polymers using Bacillus Subtilis and Pseudomonas Fluorescens,” at the 2018 North Museum Science & Engineering Fair which took place back in March. Since she earned the title of Senior Champion, that qualified her for the Intel ISEF.
Each year roughly 1,800 high school students from around the world are awarded the chance to showcase their independent research project and compete for a variety of prizes at the Intel ISEF. Students worldwide compete in local and school-sponsored science fairs in hopes of getting their shot to participate in the society-affiliated regional and state fairs. Top finishers from those fairs are awarded a chance to compete at the Intel ISEF. The primary goal of the fair is to unite young scientific minds, providing them a platform to present their work on an international stage, where doctoral-level scientists review and judge their work.
"The science department is so proud of Alexis and her accomplishments! Alexis' project involves many facets of science including biology, chemistry, and physics. She took a spark of an idea she had at the end of last year based on a passion to better our environment and developed it into a well-designed and executed lab. We are thrilled that she represented Warwick at ISEF," stated Diana Griffiths, a science teacher at Warwick High School.
Intel ISEF is hosted in a different city each year. Past fairs have been located in Los Angeles, California with the most recent one taking place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania while Phoenix, Arizona is set to be the host site for 2019.