On March 11 and 12, Nidha Esha Kaushik, a senior at Weston High School, took part in the 49th annual Connecticut Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.
The symposium recognizes high school students with outstanding potential in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Students must be nominated by their teachers to attend.
Nidha is among a select group of about 200 of the state’s top young scientists, many of whom presented their own original research at the symposium and competed for prizes.
The winner received a scholarship to the University of Connecticut worth one-half of tuition for four years.
Nidha had a chance to meet science role models Dr. Shawn Soutiere, a medical researcher with the U.S. Navy, and UConn’s own Eric Knight, futurist, inventor, and president of Remarkable Technologies. Knight’s brainchild, Up Aerospace, provides space flights for the general public and private industry.
JSHS’ young participants toured the university’s research labs, observed science demonstrations, and took part in team rocket building and launching.
About 10,000 secondary students nationwide participate through 48 university-based regional symposia.