Spotlight on Students at Coriell Science Fair


BLACKWOOD, NJ – On Saturday, March 17, more than 250 students from Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties in grades 6 through 12 will participate in the 31st Annual Coriell Institute for Medical Research Science Fair at Camden County College in Blackwood.

The competition routinely attracts some of the most gifted and talented students from throughout South Jersey and will represent several scientific disciplines, such as biochemistry, physics, medicine and health, and engineering. This year's project titles include:

  • Plasmonically Enhancing a Quasi-Solid State Quantum Dot Solar Cell with Silver Nanoparticles
  • A Healthy Relation: A Study of Yogurt Cultures
  • Are Simplifying Fractions Really That Simple?
  • Bacterial Growth in Leftovers
  • Photosynthetic Sustenance: Effect of a Carbon Dioxide Environment on Plants
  • Can Improving Collection Efficiency Produce Additional Drinking Water?
  • The Effect of Oil on a Marine Ecosystem
  • How and Why Do Humans Get Brain Freezes?
  • Do You Know Where Your Hands Have Been?

A diverse and accomplished panel of over 70 trained judges will evaluate the projects and determine scores based on strength of presentation and comprehension of subject matter. Cash prizes and college scholarships will be awarded to outstanding participants, and the top placing student scientists will advance to the Delaware Valley Science Fair April 3 – April 5 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

The Coriell Institute's Science Fair has developed into a community staple and serves to emphasize the tri-county area's depth of academic talent. Year after year the bright and dedicated participants apply themselves to produce impressive and inventive work.

Proud parents and science enthusiasts are invited to attend Saturday, March 17. Student presentations and judging will take place between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., with the award ceremony to follow at noon.

Key sponsors for this year's event include Roche, TD Bank, Camden County College, and Gloucester County College.

About Coriell Institute
Coriell Institute for Medical Research is an independent, non-profit biomedical research center based in Camden, New Jersey. Founded in 1953, the Institute is dedicated to unlocking the genetic code of human disease. Coriell is a pioneer in genomics, examining the utility of genetic information in clinical care through the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative (CPMC) research study ( The Institute is also exploring the promise of induced pluripotent stem cells – stem cells created from skin or blood – and their role in disease research and drug discovery. Additionally, Coriell continues to be recognized as the world's leading biobank, distributing biological samples and offering custom research and biobanking services to scientists around the globe. For more information, visit or follow @Coriell_Science on Twitter.

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