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SCH junior qualifies for competitive international science fair

SCH Junior Caden Traversari has earned her way to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Less than 1% of students qualify to compete at this fair -- the same as the percentage of students who earn perfect SAT test scores! 
She will compete against the top science students in the world in Phoenix in May. Around 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for on average $4 million in prizes at this fair. 
 
Caden recently earned a first place award in her microbiology category and was a Best of Fair Bronze medal winner at the Delaware Valley Science Fair. Her research is on the effect of endocytosis altering substances on vacuole formation in tetrahymena. Her project investigated whether two commonly used medications have possible side effects that have not been documented. She tested a commonly used single-celled model organism, tetrahymena, to see how those drugs impacted cell processes, like engulfing and taking in needed materials. Her results showed that both statin cholesterol medications and a commonly used ingredient in topical antibiotics (DMSO) both significantly altered the cell's ability to engulf materials. Her findings indicate that there are other possible processes in the human body that are affected by statins and DMSO, suggesting that no one truly knows all side effects these commonly accepted substances have.
 
Caden also earned a first place cash award from the Society of In-Vitro Biology and two college scholarships: $40,000 from the University of the Sciences and $32,000 from Drexel University.
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