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ESPC 2012 - Charlottetown (Ile-du-Prince-Édouard)

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I am a graduating grade 12 student from the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Korah Collegiate in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. I am an avid environmentalist, and and president of my school's environmental club, Green Council. I am extremely intrigued by the interactions between living cells and molecules, and so I hope to pursue biochemical research. In the fall, I hope to study at McMaster University, and become a scientific research in an area such as biofuels or pharmaceuticals. From these passions, I developed my project increasing the yield of biodiesel from microalgae by altering the nitrogen concentrations in the growth media. I was extremely interested and inspired by the results of this experiment, and I'm excited for opportunities I will have in the future to further investigate this potential. For other students, I would suggest to pursue your passions. Don't wait for opportunities to arise, go out and seek them. Start your own experiments, and the you will be thrilled and inspired by the results.

Karl Zimmermann

The Algal Alternative: A Biofuel Investigation
Région:Algoma Rotary
Ville:Echo Bay, ON
École:Korah Collegiate & Vocational School
Sommaire:Microalgae provide a very costly source of biofuel; this experiment explored how the synthesis of fatty acids by Chlorella vulgaris were affected under nitrogen-deprived growth conditions. Chlorella vulgaris strains were cultivated and exposed to six different nitrogen-concentrations. Cell extracts and media filtrates were subjected to TLC, testing for fatty acids. Concluding, increasing concentrations of nitrogen produced greater varieties of fatty acids within Chlorella vulgaris.

Prix Valeur
Prix d'excellence - Senior
Médaille de bronze
Sponsor: Société de gestion des déchets nucléaires
300,00 $
Bourse d'admission de l'Université d'Ottawa
Médaillé de bronze, sénior – Bourse d’admission de 1 000 $
Sponsor: Université d'Ottawa
1 000,00 $
Bourse d’études de Western University
Médaillé de bronze - Bourse d'admission de 1 000 $
Sponsor: Université Western
1 000,00 $
Total2 300,00 $