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CWSF 2008 - Ottawa, Ontario

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I am currently in the 11th grade, and am currently working towards the completion of a bilingual International Baccalaureate Programme diploma at Moira Secondary School in Belleville, Ontario. I play rugby, volleyball, badminton, and am also on my school's track and field team. I am an active member of my school's EarthCare team, and I am head of the Communications and Community Outreach Committee on student council. I recently organized Random Acts of Kindness Week within my school, as well as a Penny Drive to raise money for HIV/AIDS awareness. When I graduate, I plan on completing an undergraduate degree in Biology before proceeding to medical school where I hope to complete further studies to become an oncologist.

Ashley Millette

Ocular pigmentation and longevity in Drosophila melanogaster.
Division:Physical & Mathematical Sciences / None
City:Belleville, ON
School:Moira S.S.
Abstract:It has been predicted that in 2008, 73,800 Canadians will die of some form of cancer. Eye colour in Drosophila melanogaster is attributed to two types of pigments, pteridines and ommochromes. Pteridines have been found to be effective as anticancer drugs. Are D. melanogaster with pteridines in their eyes more protected from UV radiation than those with only ommochromes in their eyes?

Awards Value
Dalhousie University Faculty of Science Entrance Scholarship
Senior Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Dalhousie University, Faculty of Science
$2 000.00
UBC Science (Vancouver) Entrance Award
Senior Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: The University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
$2 000.00
The University of Western Ontario Scholarship
Silver Medallist - $1500 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Western Ontario
$1 500.00
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship
Senior Silver Medallist - $3000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Ottawa
$3 000.00
Silver Medal - Life Sciences
Sponsor: Pfizer Canada
Total$9 200.00