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CWSF 2009 - Winnipeg, Manitoba

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I am a grade 11 student in London, Ontario, Canada who attends A.B. Lucas Secondary School. I am currently a string bassist in Lucas Concert Band and a representative of the school music council. Also, I am in the school badminton team as a "men-singles" player. Concerning community activities, I play a monthly concert to a group of elders as a violinist. My hobbies and interests include scientific experiments, music, and sports. After joining SMARTS, I have begun to promote science to students by founding a science club at my school and giving presentations at the local public schools. Thanks to the wonderful experience I had through the local university lab, I hope to become a microbiologist when I grow up.

Tony Kwon

Garlic-Induced Gene Expression Changes in Streptococcus pyogenes Predict a Reduc
Division:Life Sciences / Environmental Innovation
Region:London District
City:London, ON
School:A.B. Lucas S.S.
Abstract:This project hypothesized that a natural product like fresh garlic could decrease the virulence factor expression of S. pyogenes. To address the hypothesis, qRT-PCR was performed to see the decrease in transcriptions of tested virulence factors (speA, speC, slo, scp) in the presence of various garlic concentrations. In conclusion, the result supported the hypothesis, suggesting that garlic could potentially be used to prevent streptococcal infections.

Awards Value
Dalhousie University Faculty of Science Entrance Scholarship
Senior Gold Medallist - $4000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Dalhousie University, Faculty of Science
$4 000.00
UBC Science (Vancouver) Entrance Award
Senior Gold Medallist - $4000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: The University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
$4 000.00
The University of Western Ontario Scholarship
Gold Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Western Ontario
$2 000.00
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship
Senior Gold Medallist - $20,000 Entrance Scholarship ($5,000 each year for 4 years)
Sponsor: University of Ottawa
$20 000.00
Honourable Mention - Environmental Innovation
Sponsor: EnviroExpo, Presented by VIA Rail Canada
Gold Medal - Health Sciences
Sponsor: Canadian Institutes of Health Research
$1 500.00
Total$31 600.00