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CWSF 2019 - Fredericton, New Brunswick

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My name is Erica Forsythe and I am 15 years old. I attend Red Lake District High School, which is located in the small mining community of Red Lake, Ontario. My interests include competitive figure skating, curling, badminton, science, writing, and mathematics. One achievement I am most proud of has been placing 1st at the Regional Science Fair four times over the course of five years. When researching what topic of interest to base my science fair project on, I was very fascinated by the concept of bacteria. During the early stages of my project, I discovered there is not a lot of research on plants and their medicinal properties (especially plants that have antimicrobial properties). I was confident that I was able to determine a list of a few plants that grew in Northwestern Ontario, specifically in Red Lake, that had antimicrobial properties. For future science fair participants, I would encourage them to ensure they have a passion for their topic of study. Learning and exploring a topic of interest is a great way to develop a great science fair project. At this time, I would enjoy pursuing a career in microbiology to further expand my knowledge of bacteria.

Erica Forsythe

Medicine in My Backyard
Region:Sunset Country
City:Balmertown, ON
School:Red Lake District High School
Abstract:The purpose of this project is to determine which plants in the Red Lake area have antimicrobial properties. After testing the plants against Micrococcus luteus, I determined their effectiveness of killing the Escherichia coli and Lactobacillus casei bacteria. I discovered the Escherichia coli bacteria was resistant to the Pinus resinosa and Picea mariana needles. Further testing is required to determine the plants' full antimicrobial activity.

Awards Value
Excellence Award - Intermediate
Silver Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Western University Scholarship
Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$2 000.00
Total$2 000.00