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CWSF 2019 - Fredericton, New Brunswick

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Pakeeza is a grade 11 student attending Brooks Composite High School. As an avid volunteer she contributes her time to numerous local and global organizations such as the hospital and WE organization. Pakeeza is involved with several youth boards and clubs and is Chair of the local library's Teen Advisory Board. Pakeeza has gained leadership skills as a result of her involvement with Student Council and has been able to further these skills by attending provincial and national leadership conferences. Pakeeza is also a member of the Alberta Education Minister's Youth Council. Pakeeza has received numerous academic awards such as the Highest Academic Achievement Award at her school as well as awards for math competitions. Pakeeza enjoys writing and has had her work published in student prose anthologies. Pakeeza hopes to one day pursue a career in medicine. Pakeeza got the inspiration for this project when learning about photosynthesis in biology class last year which encouraged her to explore how this natural phenomenon could be applied to solar cells. In the future Pakeeza would like to investigate commercializing this innovation. Pakeeza recommends students thinking about doing a project choose a topic they are genuinely interested in.

Pakeeza Mushtaq

A Novel DSSC Using Bio-Photosensitizer Pigments and Diatom Frustules
Region:Southeast Alberta
City:Brooks, AB
School:Brooks Composite High School
Abstract:Drawbacks of sillicon solar cells have prompted research into new photovoltaic devices such as dye-sensitized solar cells(DSSCs). Current ruthenium-based DSSCs are costly and toxic with poor efficiencies. This project focused on the development of novel DSSCs using bio-photosensitizer pigments from algae and plants as well as diatom frustules and activated charcoal counter electrodes to optimize voltage production. Promising results indicate potential for commercial applications.

Awards Value
Renewable Energy Award
Sponsor: Ontario Power Generation
$1 000.00
Excellence Award - Senior
Gold Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Challenge Award - Energy
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Dalhousie University Faculty of Science Entrance Scholarship
Senior Gold Medallist - $5000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Dalhousie University, Faculty of Science
$5 000.00
UBC Science (Vancouver) Entrance Award
Senior Gold Medallist - $4000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: The University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
$4 000.00
University of Manitoba Entrance Scholarship
Senior Gold Medallist - $5000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Manitoba
$5 000.00
University of New Brunswick Canada-Wide Science Fair Scholarship
Gold Medallist - $5000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of New Brunswick
$5 000.00
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship
Senior Gold Medallist - $4,000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Ottawa
$4 000.00
Western University Scholarship
Gold Medallist - $4000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$4 000.00
Youth Can Innovate Awards
Sponsor: The Gwyn Morgan and Patricia Trottier Foundation
$1 000.00
Total$29 000.00