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King Lab researcher takes first prize in the Central New York Science and Engineering Fair

Olivia Sheppard, a junior at Manlius Pebble Hill School in Dewitt, NY, was awarded 1st Place Overall in the Central New York Science and Engineering Fair (CNYSEF) held on March 30, 2014. Her project, titled “Reduction of Circulating Tumor Cells by Induction of Apoptosis via a TRAIL-Functionalized, Nanostructured Shunt Device,” was carried out in the Cornell BME Department under the direction of Prof. Michael King and PhD student Andrew Hughes. As a result of her first place finish, Olivia now advances as a Finalist in the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) that takes place in Los Angeles on May 11 – 16, 2014. We wish Olivia luck as she competes with the world’s brightest young engineers and scientists!

At the CNYSEF, Olivia also earned the following recognitions: Medal, Highest Honors – Senior Division; 1st Place – Central New York Section of the American Chemical Society – Award in Chemistry; SUNY Cortland Chemistry Award; Le Moyne College Scholarship Award.