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CWSF 2010 - Peterborough, Ontario

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Kurtis Turnbull is grade 12 student from Nova Scotia who posses a variety of interests and is heavily involved with both his school and community. Outside of academics, he dedicates his time to music, his school's arts club, writers club, student council, the global issues committee and, most recently, his science fair project. Following graduation, Kurtis plans to attend Dalhousie University and receive a Bachelor of Science.

Kurtis Turnbull

A Radical Theory:Why Antioxidants May Not Always Be Good
Division:Life Sciences
Region:Chignecto East
City:Pictou, NS
School:Pictou Academy-Dr. T. McCulloch School
Abstract:This project focused on the effects of antioxidants on the differentiation of stem cells into somatic cells. The ability of planaria to regenerate was measured under exposure to an antioxidant, ascorbic acid, to determine if stem cell differentiation was impaired. The regeneration was quantified through length and the photonegative response. It was found that elevated levels of antioxidant may impair the capacity for differentiation.

Awards Value
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$2 300.00