Oak Ridge High School Student Wins at National Science Competition

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KNOXVILLE — Gloria A. D’Azevedo of Oak Ridge High School is the third-place winner at the forty-ninth National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS). D’Azevedo advanced to the national competition after being judged by a panel of University of Tennessee, Knoxville, faculty members in the Tennessee Junior Science and Humanities Symposium held on the UT Knoxville campus.

The United States Army, Navy, and Air Force sponsored the symposium, held April 27 to May 1, 2011, in San Diego, California. D’Azevedo competed in the math and computer sciences category with a research project on “A Study of Elimination Orderings and Their Relevance to Treewidth in Graph Theory.”

D’Azevedo’s honors include a $4,000 scholarship and an alternate position in the London International Youth Science Forum, a scientific and cultural exchange program, bringing together more than 400 students from more than sixty nations.

At the National JSHS, D’Azevedo competed against the top ninety-six students representing each of the fifty states, Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense Dependents Schools of Europe and the Pacific.

The National JSHS Program is a tri-service sponsored effort aimed at encouraging and recognizing the next generation of scientific talent. Sponsors include the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics, & Technology); the Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Virginia; and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Washington, DC, in cooperation with higher education. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), San Diego, hosted the 49th National JSHS.

The JSHS program is administered by the Academy of Applied Science, a nonprofit educational organization located in Concord, New Hampshire. The military and university sponsorship of JSHS serves to support and encourage these talented youth to become our nation’s future scientific leaders and innovators.

For further information, contact Lynn Champion (865-974-5332, jrscihum@utk.edu) or Doris E. Cousens (603-228-4520, dcousens@aas-world.org).

 

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