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CWSF 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario

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My name is Selina Zhou and I'm a grade 11 student from Collingwood, West Vancouver. I am an active member of my school's science club and enjoy going to competitions with my team. Besides science, I am passionate about art and giving back to my school community through working with the student arts committee and writing in our art publications Arts Mag. In my free time, I enjoy drawing, photography, table tennis, piano, and working on random projects. My project was inspired by the people around me who often complain about stress, which leads me to wonder if there's an easier way to measure people's stress level. I plan on continuing this project by expanding sample size, and if data is supportive, by developing an actual instrument. What I have learned through this project is that you shouldn't be afraid of not having enough knowledge to do what you want, because you can learn so much along the way.

Selina Zhou

How Stressed Are You?
Region:Greater Vancouver
City:North Vancouver, BC
School:Collingwood School
Abstract:This project evaluates the effectiveness of using skin volatile organic compound (VOC) emission as a psychological stress indicator. A VOC gas sensor was built and tested, which monitored the skin VOC emission from volunteers' foreheads. Results showed that although VOC can be indicative of stress, its performance is not similar to other existing stress indicators such as electrodermal activity, heart rate variability, and self-perceived stress.

Awards Value
Excellence Award - Senior
Silver Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Carleton University Entrance Award
Senior Silver Medallist - $2,000 Entrance Award
Sponsor: Carleton University
$2 000.00
Dalhousie University Faculty of Science Entrance Scholarship
Senior Silver Medallist - $2500 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Dalhousie University, Faculty of Science
$2 500.00
UBC Science (Vancouver) Entrance Award
Senior Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: The University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
$2 000.00
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship
Senior Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Ottawa
$2 000.00
Western University Scholarship
Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$2 000.00
Total$10 500.00