Junior Wins Virginia Science Prize

Marquez (right) with Dr. Thomas DeVore,
Director of the VaJSHS
Samantha Marquez (Chesterfield '14) was selected as the First Grand Prize and Best of Fair for the 2013 Virginia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (VaJSHS) competition that took place at James Madison University on Mar. 14-15.

Marquez's research project titled "Advances in the Bottom-Up Assembly of Multicellular Architectures" shows the development of new biological models and neural-sensors for measuring nanotoxicity of environmental nanoparticles. She also presented a novel artificial multicellular organism that could be used for selective radioactive heavy metal bioremediation. Her environmental engineering project was sponsored by MLWGS science teacher Anna Shore.

In addition to the Gold Medal and $2,000 cash award, Marquez is one of the three students from the state of Virginia who will compete at the National JSHS in Dayton, Ohio May 1-5.