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High school researcher wins international science fair award

Anushua Bhattacharya, a high school student who worked in Associate Professor Christy Haynes' lab last summer and will be doing so again this year, received a third place award in the Medicine and Health Sciences category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. She earned this honor for her presentation, Silver Nanoparticles Affect Cell Messenger Delivery. In the Haynes lab, she researched how silver, which is used in commercial products and drugs, may affect cells and lead to diseases.

Anushua is a junior at East Ridge High School in Woodbury, which is part of the South Washington County Schools. She takes challenging science classes at her high school and participates in the University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of the Society for Science & the Public, was a forum for 1,600 high school students from about 60 countries to display their independent work.