CREST-Jane Goodall Science Symposium

  • The 21st Annual CREST-Jane Goodall Science Symposium

    Judging on February 28th, 2022

    Public Viewing, Keynote, and Awards on March 1st, 2022 at West Linn High School

    The CREST-Jane Goodall Science Symposium is a public showcase of primary, middle, and high school inquiry and engineering projects by West Linn-Wilsonville students. This celebration of science includes project displays, a keynote speech by a guest scientist, and an award ceremony for the high school fair, affiliated with the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

    Each year we expect over 250 students from all three high schools to participate in the research program leading up to the Symposium, and the ISEF-affiliated high school fair is the highlight of the event. During the fair each year, professional scientists and engineers from our community volunteer their time as judges and spend a day reviewing the projects and interviewing our student scientists and engineers, to discuss their work and determine special and category award winners. The awards and the names of the students advancing to the state-level fair and the international ISEF fair will be announced on the evening following Judging Day.

    20th CJGSS Keynote Speaker: Dr. Avilash Cramer

    presenting COVID and Climate Change: Scientists' Role in Crises

    Streamed live on March 9, 2021

    Dr. Cramer on the mountain! We are pleased to welcome Dr. Avilash Cramer as our distinguished guest. A familiar name to many, Dr. Cramer was a science fair competitor back in the day! The salutatorian of West Linn High School’s class of 2010, Dr. Cramer’s projects spanned the breadth of engineering, from his first project on improving the sewing machine, to his best-of-fair work on nitrate sensing in river sediment. After his time at WLHS, Dr. Cramer attended Brown University where he studied physics. After undergrad, Dr. Cramer was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to India. He worked for a year at the Aravind Eye Hospital in southern India to design, build, and test low-cost, portable ophthalmology tools for use in mobile clinics. Dr. Cramer subsequently pursued a PhD in medical engineering/medical physics in the Harvard-MIT program in Health Sciences and Technology, graduating in October 2020. His research was centered on the development of a prototype CT scanner for pre-hospital and rural care. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Cramer also studied respirator sterilization, and helped develop a reuse protocol that was implemented at local hospitals in Boston. An enthusiastic rock climber, ski mountaineer, and environmental advocate, Dr. Cramer now works as a polar scientist at New Mexico Tech and anticipates being deployed to Antarctica in October of this year.

    Previous Years' Award Announcements

    Here is the list of award winners from the 2021 ISEF-affiliated high school science fair!

    Here is the list of award winners from the 2020 ISEF-affiliated high school science fair!

    Here is the list of award winners from the 2019 ISEF-affiliated high school science fair! 

    Here is the list of award winners from the 2018 ISEF-affiliated high school science fair!

    For more information about volunteering to judge at our fair please click here: Judge Registration Information