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CWSF 2008 - Ottawa, Ontario

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My name is Sarah Langer, and I am an active student in my school. I am on the Student Advisory Council, and participate in fundraisers involving the gorilla conservation fund. I enjoy being able to help out in my school as well as my community. For as long as I have remembered, I have been interested in the mystery behind death. Whether it be the mummies of ancient civilizations or the recent mystery’s of our time. This high interest both inspired and motivated me to continue with my investigation into human decomposition. Taking this interest and great opportunity given to me, I wish to attend university for forensics.

Sarah Langer

Human Decomposition
Division:Physical & Mathematical Sciences / None
City:Buckhorn, ON
School:Lakefield District Secondary & Intermediate
Abstract:I explored the topic of human decomposition by studying rates of decomposition in fresh and salt water by using pig specimens which are very similar to humans. The salinity of the water had a large effect on this rate. Those in fresh water decomposed much faster than those in salt water. However, the stages of decomposition remained the same in both fresh and salt water.

Awards Value
Petro-Canada Peer Innovation Award - Senior
Ontario North & East
Sponsor: Petro-Canada
The University of Western Ontario Scholarship
Bronze Medallist - $1000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Western Ontario
$1 000.00
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship
Senior Bronze Medallist - $1000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Ottawa
$1 000.00
Bronze Medal - Life Sciences
Sponsor: Pfizer Canada
Total$2 500.00