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CWSF 2010 - Peterborough, Ontario

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Samantha - I'm 15 years old, and I attend the University of Toronto Schools in grade 10. My favourite in and out of school activity would definitely have to be photography. I'm on the yearbook committee at UTS as a photographer, and I'd say it's one of my strong points. Not limited to photography, I also love art (painting, drawing), music (I play the drums and piano), and DJing. I'm also on the dance committee at school, where we organized and run all dances that go on at school. My favourite subjects are art and biology, which I can accredit to my interest in biotechnology and science fair. Besides these activities, I volunteer at the local hospital in my community as a cashier in the gift shop. I love playing basketball, tennis, and spending time with my friends and family.
Adarsh - I’m an outgoing, enthusiastic, and analytical student. I enjoy doing many extra-curricular activities. I am on the Secretariat of the Southern Ontario Model United Nations Assembly, giving me a vast array of knowledge in the field of world issues. In addition, I have great public speaking skills, as I have been consistently successful at debating tournaments. However, I also do many things apart from academics - I am also athletic. I play hockey, soccer, tennis, and skiing in organized settings. As well, I am an avid participator in the largest annually student-produced show at my school. I acted and participated in the Indian and Hip-hop dances. I am also a keen music student, as I play piano and the drums. I take part in the senior music band at my school, Stage Band. These extra-curricular activities give me great satisfaction, motivating me to do even more and further expand my interests. My most rewarding experience was attending the Free the Children summer academy at the Humber College in Toronto, as it opened my eyes to the many issues facing the world today and giving me ideas on how to take action to rectify the issues and help those in need.

Samantha Pramanick, Adarsh Gupta

Nano-cellulose in Substrates for Electronic Display Systems and Medical Devices
Division:Earth & Environmental Sciences
City:Markham, ON, Mississauga, ON
School:University of Toronto Schools
Abstract:A blend of 37% wheat straw cellulose (WSC) and 63% bacterial cellulose (BC) was thermodynamically compatibilized. The sheets produced were impregnated, cured, and hot pressed. The resulting novel transparent substrate is environment-friendly, flexible, transparent, strong, cost-efficient, and uniform. As a result, potential applications include transparent and flexible electronic display systems, medical instruments requiring optical precision, and artificial cardiovascular tissue.