Lindsay Poulos Wins at ISEF

Earns Third in Biomedical and Health Sciences Category

Episcopal junior Lindsay Poulos was the recipient of a Third Place Grand Award in the Biomedical and Health Sciences Category at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles last week. Her award was accompanied by a check for $1,000.  At the fair 1,400 projects were presented by 1,700 students from 74 different countries. There were more than 1,000 judges who spent two days to interview the students, evaluate the projects and determine the winners of scholarships, travel opportunities and cash prizes totaling $4 million.

Lindsay presented her project on the effects of second hand vapor of e-cigarettes on fruit flies. After experimenting for many months with hundreds of fruit flies, Lindsay’s data suggested a strong correlation between second hand e-cigarette vapor and the reproduction rate and phenotypic expression of the fruit flies. Judges were impressed with her extensive scientific knowledge, the innovative experimental techniques and the analysis of the data. Lindsay plans to continue her investigation next year.