Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Honors Scientific Research Students Receive Grant Funding

Published : Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | 2:30 PM

Ellis DeJardin '18 and Darcy Michero '18 in the lab. Photo courtesy of FSHA

In 2018, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy (FSHA) students in Honors Scientific Research (aka “Scisearch”) were awarded three Archer STEM Research Grants, which is a STEM initiative sponsored by the Archer School for Girls on the west side. Over $20,000 was available through the merit-based application process; all of the girls submitted proposals and received funding, for a total of $5,500 awarded to FSHA.

The institutional support from FSHA is the primary source of funding for the students’ projects. The outside funding made it possible to purchase a major analytical instrument and expensive reagents that extended the scope of the work proposed by these eight students.

Combating Antibiotic Resistance
Amelia Andrews, Michelle Liu and Genevieve Spiotto – “Thwarting Bacterial Communication: Curcumin’s Pathway-Specific Inhibitory Effects on Bioluminescence, Biofilm Formation and Motility in Vibrio harveyi”

Ellis DeJardin and Darcy Michero – “Silencing Bacterial Communication: The Inhibitory Effect of Quercetin on Quorum Sensing in Vibrio harveyi”

Deriving Transportation Fuel from Microalgae
Cate Doud, Lauren Risha and Claire Villegas – “Fueling the Future: Inducing Stress in Chlorella sorokiniana to Optimize Production of Microalgal Biofuels”

FSHA student researchers conducted the experiments over the spring semester and presented their findings at FSHA’s Senior Research Showcase and Archer STEM Symposium events in May.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, 440 Saint Katherine Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, (626) 685-8500 or visit www.fsha.org.







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