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The California Science Center hosted the 66th Annual California State Science Fair on April 24 and 25, 2017.

The California State Science Fair, established in 1952, is the culminating event for California students in grades 6 through 12 who have won top honors in local, county or regional science fairs. 

This year’s fair drew 927 middle and high school students from 400 schools statewide competing for nearly $60,000 in awards in 23 project categories ranging from Aerodynamics to Zoology.

Special thanks to Northrop Grumman Corporation as the Presenting Benefactor of the 66th Annual California State Science Fair; and to Dr. W. E. Moerner, Harry S. Mosher Professor of Chemistry and Professor, by courtesy, of Applied Physics at Stanford University, for delivering the Opening Ceremony’s keynote address.

Vivek V. Kamarshi, from Santa Clara County, won the Senior Division Project of the Year Award with his project Effects of Gut Microbiota on Drosophila Models of Parkinson’s Disease.

Elisha D. Johnston, from Los Angeles County, won the Junior Division Project of the Year Award with his project The Molecular Mechanisms of Regenerating Cartilage to Reduce Chronic Pain: Phenol-Glucose-Glycerin Upregulates FGF-2.

Shalin V. Shah, from Orange County, was awarded California State Science Fair Student of the Year.

Dr. Aidyl Serricchio-Gonzalez, from The Buckley School in Los Angeles County, was honored as California State Science Fair Teacher of the Year in the Senior Division.

Ms. Elaine Gillum, from Thurgood Marshall Middle School in San Diego County, was honored as California State Science Fair Teacher of the Year in the Junior Division.

Please visit http://www.usc.edu/CSSF/ for a complete list of Science Fair award winners and supporters.