Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a joyous time to remember those who have passed away. In Mexico, ancient Aztec traditions were combined with Christianity during the Spanish conquest. As a result, each year families construct colorful altars or ofrendas in their homes that essentially welcome the spirit of their loved ones on November 1st and 2nd.
Srimayi Mulukutla and Prateek Adurty both won first place prizes with perfect scores in their respective categories at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) Competition on February 3, 2018, at Duquesne University.
Srimayi, a Grade 8 student, presented her project “Increasing Efficiency of Non-Electric Refrigeration” in the ecology category. She also won the Director’s Award and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Engineering Outreach (SPEO) Sponsor Award.
Prateek, a freshman, presented his project "Biofuel Energy Optimization Using Calorimetry" in the chemistry category. He received the Dr. James Manner Award for excellence in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the American Chemical Society and the Dr. Kurt C. Schreiber Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry and Biochemistry from Duquesne University.
Both students will be competing at the state competition in May at The Pennsylvania State University.
Congratulations, Srimayi and Prateek!
PJAS is a statewide organization of junior and senior high school students designed to stimulate and promote interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields among its members through the development of research projects and investigations.