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ESPC 2014 - Windsor (Ontario)

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Hey, I’m Mikaela Preston from Toronto. This year, as in previous years, my project is focused on renewable fuel. Next year I am off to the University of Pennsylvania to study energy research and continue to help make sustainability a reality. I’m sad to be experiencing my final science fair but honoured to have been a part of such an amazing group of people for the past 5 years. I’ve always known I wanted to be a scientist, except during the phase where I wanted to be a horse racer despite never having ridden a horse… But I digress. Next year and for the rest of my life, science fairs will remain in my heart. I admit it, I’m a bit of a science nerd, but hey, what’s life without passion? The passion that sums me up isn’t only science. I love martial arts, snowboarding, Green Day, chocolate, and sparkly shoes, but the guiding source of inspiration for me is always the pure awe and beauty of this incredible universe we share a brief moment of time in. And as Richard Feynman said, “We are atoms with consciousness, matter with curiosity.” I wish to make the most of my curiosity.

Mikaela Preston

Co-Cultivation of Purple Non-Sulfur Bacteria and Yeast for Biofuel Production
Ville:Markham, ON
École:Havergal College
Sommaire:Acetic acid is a common inhibitor of the enzymatic-hydrolysis of lignocellulosic waste-products into bioethanol by yeast. Purple non-sulfur bacteria can consume acetic acid and produce hydrogen, another biofuel. In this project, these two organisms were co-cultured to remove acetic acid inhibition, increase ethanol production, and co-synthesize two valuable biofuels. When the yeast was cultured with the bacteria, ethanol production rose by up to 68%.

Prix Valeur
Le Prix Manning en innovation
Sponsor: Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation
500,00 $
Prix de l’énergie renouvelable
Sponsor: Ontario Power Generation
1 000,00 $
Prix du défi - Énergie
Sponsor: Sciences jeunesse Canada
1 000,00 $
Prix d'excellence - Senior
Médaille d'or
Sponsor: Sciences jeunesse Canada
700,00 $
Bourses d'admission de la Faculté des sciences de l’Université Dalhousie
Médaillé d’or, sénior - Bourse d'admission de 5 000 $
Sponsor: Université Dalhousie, Faculté des sciences
5 000,00 $
Prix d'admission en sciences de UBC (Vancouver)
Médaillé d’or, sénior - Bourse d'admission de 4 000 $
Sponsor: The University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
4 000,00 $
Bourse d'admission de l’Université du Manitoba
Médaillé d’or, sénior - Bourse d'admission de 5 000 $
Sponsor: Université du Manitoba
5 000,00 $
Bourse d'admission de l'Université d'Ottawa
Médaillé d’or, sénior - Bourse d'admission de 4 000 $
Sponsor: Université d'Ottawa
4 000,00 $
Bourse d’études de Western University
Médaillé d’or - Bourse d'admission de 4 000 $
Sponsor: Université Western
4 000,00 $
Bourse de début d’études de l’Université de Windsor
Lauréat sénior d’un Prix de Défi – Bourse d’admission de 2 000 $
Sponsor: Université de Windsor
2 000,00 $
Total27 200,00 $