May 142013



Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A home-schooled high school student mentored by East Carolina University faculty is one of eight North Carolina students to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair.

Alina Suedbeck will present her research on the pores of different caterpillar species at Intel ISEF, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. The event is being held this week in Phoenix, Ariz. Suedbeck is the first from the state’s northeastern region to be accepted into the ISEF.

Her research began when she applied for the inaugural biodiversity scholarship from the ECU Center for Biodiversity, open to Pitt County high school students conducting research on local plant and animal diversity. Participating students were matched with faculty mentors to assist them in project planning.

Suedbeck was paired with Dr. Tom Fink, and also received statistical advice from Dr. Tim Christensen. Both men are professors in the department of biology and work in the ECU Center for Biodiversity.

The students presented their work at ECU’s annual Earth Day Expo on April 18. Suedbeck won the scholarship competition, which comes with a $1,000 cash prize.

She won first place in the N.C. Northeast Regional Science and Engineering Fair at ECU and won third place in her division at the state competition of the N.C. Student Academy of Sciences on March 15 at the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. In addition, she won first place in her division at the state Science and Engineering Fair on March 16 at Meredith College in Raleigh. That qualified her for the international competition in Phoenix this month. In addition, she has been offered a $10,000 scholarship to Meredith College.

Alina is the daughter of Dorothy and John Suedbeck.

via The Daily Reflector.


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