CAPS Congratulates the 2016 Outstanding Young Scientist

CAPS Outstanding Young Scientists finalists (center) Rohan Bhushan, Mohnish Alishala and Gina Yang with CAPS Public Relations Committee members.

2016 CAPS Outstanding Young Scientist Announced

On September 16, CAPS selected Rohan Bhushan as the Outstanding Young Scientist for 2016. This junior from Monterey High School was selected for his project titled “Phototaxis Based Epigenetic Modification of Euglena gracilis with External Stimuli for the Prevention of Harmful Algal Blooms.

Gina Yang of Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, was first runner-up for her project titled Effects of tau-Fluvalinate on Mortality and Olfactory Associative Learning and Memory of Honeybees (Apis mellifera L). Her project investigated the effects of a common miticide ingredient used in hives called tau-fluvalinate on the learning and memory and mortality of honeybees. She received a $500 cash award.

Mohnish Alishala of Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego was second runner-up for his project titled Biodiesel: The Future Generation Fuel. His project transformed different types of waste (green, brewery, bakery, and food) material using fermentation into biodiesel. After fermentation, the oil was extracted and it was converted into one of a biodiesel that can be used as fuel in vehicles. The biodiesel created is very safe for the environment because it produces less emissions compared petroleum.  He also received a $500 cash award.

View the 2016 Outstanding Young Scientist album on the CAPS Flickr Page»

About the Competition

The Outstanding Young Scientist competition begins annually in the summer with the awards ceremony in the fall.  The competitors are those students who have been selected to receive the regional CAPS Science Achievement Award.

Three finalists are selected by the CAPS Public Relations Committee after a detailed review of each project.  The finalists will be invited to attend the Outstanding Young Scientist Awards Luncheon in Sacramento in the fall.  Each finalist may be accompanied by his/her parent(s) or chaperone(s) and travel expenses are covered by CAPS.

Finalists and semi-finalists all receive an award and monetary scholarship.