Sara Kapasi '22 won a Special Award at the 2021 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF).
Sara represented the state of Georgia at Regeneron ISEF, and was awarded second prize for the US Patent & Trademark Office Award. She first competed at the Atlanta Regional Science Fair where she qualified to compete at ISEF.
Her project “Type 2 diabetes and ulcerative colitis: Shared dysbiosis as a colorectal cancer biomarker" looked at microbiome data from patients with ulcerative colitis and type 2 diabetes, and created a machine learning model to determine whether patients were at risk for colorectal cancer.
Sara said her favorite part about competing at the fair was “meeting other ISEF participants virtually! Getting to talk with the judges and seeing where everyone was from around the world was really inspiring.”
The ISEF competition took place virtually this year, for the second time in its more than 70-year history. To earn the right to compete at the fair, students in grades 9 through 12 must first qualify by winning a top prize at an affiliated regional, state, or national science fair.
The Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair is the world's largest international pre-college science competition, owned and administered by the Society for Science. Each year, ISEF brings more than 1,800 high school students from 75 countries to exhibit and demonstrate ingenuity and innovation through science projects of their own design.