CREST-Jane Goodall Science Symposium
The 22nd Annual CREST-Jane Goodall Science Symposium
Judging on February 27th, 2023
Public Viewing, Keynote, and Awards on February 28th, 2023 at Wilsonville 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.
22nd CJGSS Keynote Speaker: Nicole Day
sharing her scientific story about magnetic particles and engineering immune cell responses
Live event on Tuesday, February 28, 2028 at Wilsonville High School, 6pm
Some of you may know Nicole Day (née Lashober) from her days competing at our own Science Symposium! Nicole graduated from Wilsonville High School (class of 2015) and participated in our science fair for several years. Her senior project was entitled: "The Effect of Headgear on Soccer Ball Impact and Concussion Risk'' in the Medicine and Health Science category.
After her ISEF investigations, Nicole attended Oregon State University (OSU), pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Bioengineering. During her undergrad years, Nicole performed research at OHSU in Portland, studying changes in platelet activation in response to anti-clotting drugs in the Biomedical Engineering Department, and worked at SeaGen in Bothell, Washington to develop methods for improving antibody production from bioreactors in the Bioprocess Development Department. She graduated in 2019 with an Honors Thesis entitled “Role of P2Y₁₂ Inhibition in PAR1 Stimulated Platelet Dense Granule Release.”
Nicole then went on to pursue a doctorate in Bioengineering at the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder. At CU Boulder, Nicole is exploring magnetically controlled particle systems for the delivery of cancer immunotherapies. Her research involves the rational design of biocompatible particles to improve the release and localization of immunotherapeutic drugs, aiming to reduce toxicity and off-target effects of cancer treatment. Additionally, she studies the effect of next generation microrobotic systems on innate immune cells, investigating whether unintended cell activation can be avoided or harnessed for therapeutic use.
Nicole’s accomplishments are numerous and they extend far beyond the world of academia. Through the CU Science Discovery program she has participated in STEM outreach for K-12 students, creating both virtual and interactive demos for students to engage with complex scientific topics in exciting ways. Additionally, Nicole has partnered with a local high school for several years, working with senior design students to solve biomedical problems relevant to her lab.
21st CJGSS Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ann Bernert
presenting Rhodoquinone Biosynthesis and Prospects for Synthetic Bioenergetics
Live event on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at West Linn High School
We are pleased to announce our much-anticipated keynote speaker: Dr. Ann Bernert! Some of you may know Dr. Bernert from her days competing at our own Science Symposium or from the year that she spent wisely advising our science fair competitors. Dr. Bernert is a graduate of West Linn High School (class of 2011) and over her time there she presented several projects which won her four trips to the International Fair! Her senior project was entitled: “Rubus armeniacus Endophytes: Implications for and applications to biological control ” in the Life and Environmental Science category.
After her ISEF investigations, Dr. Bernert attended Oregon State University (OSU). She graduated with an Honors Bachelors of Science in Bioresource Research and an Honors Bachelors of Arts in International Studies. During her undergrad years, Dr. Bernert joined research teams investigating many different research opportunities in the field of plant pathology. She was involved in research into antifungal properties of spotted wing Drosophila larvae, another project on the effects of fungicides on bee bread and honey bee associated fungi, as well as a project on the effects of honey bee antimicrobial drugs on Lactobacillus spp. in the honey bee midgut. Dr. Bernert then went on to complete a doctoral degree in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Florida (UF). At UF her skills and background gave her the opportunity to work with many of the world’s top researchers. Dr. Bernert focused her research on discovering missing genes in the biosynthesis of respiratory cofactors, vitamins, and antioxidants. One of her most noteworthy publications is entitled, “Recombinant RquA catalyzes the in vivo conversion of ubiquinone to rhodoquinone in Escherichia coli and Saccharomyces cerevisiae.” After finishing her PhD in 2020, Dr. Bernert then began work toward her Juris Doctor specializing in intellectual property law at Levin College of Law, also at the University of Florida, and she anticipates completing this course of study in 2023.
Dr. Bernert’s accomplishments abound, but one of her most prestigious awards was receiving the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Student Research Fellowship in 2018. Fellows receive a stipend of $34,000 along with $12,000 allowed for tuition and fees for 3 years, opportunities for international research and professional development, and freedom to conduct their own research without funding worries. Dr. Bernert’s passion for research is abundant but she also seeks to empower others. For example, in 2017 Ann and her fellow researchers won Best Team Business Plan and Investor Pitch 2018 from the Empowering Women in Tech Start-Ups University of Florida Innovation Hub.
20th CJGSS Keynote Speaker: Dr. Avilash Cramer
presenting COVID and Climate Change: Scientists' Role in Crises
Streamed live on March 9, 2021We 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.
19th CJGSS Keynote Speaker: Dr. Brynn Olden
presenting From Engineering Optimal Edible Crayons to Developing Cutting Edge Cancer Treatments
Live event on Tuesday, March 1, 2020 at West Linn High School
Dr. Olden is a graduate of Wilsonville High School class of 2009 and in that year she presented her project “Engineering an Optimal Edible Crayon” in the Chemistry category. Dr. Olden was the recipient of the Most Creative Project Idea award, the Paul Sherman Award for Enthusiasm, and she was among the students who represented our district at the Northwest Science Expo. It is an honor to have her return to the district to share her journey through science with students! Since her first science investigations, Dr. Olden graduated from Oregon State University (OSU) with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with a focus in Biochemical Processes. She then went on to complete a doctoral degree in Bioengineering from the University of Washington (UW). As an undergraduate, Dr. Olden held several researcher positions at OSU as well as UW where her work spanned a wide variety of topics from biodegradable utensils to protein fabrication for biocompatible medical devices. In 2013, during her graduate program, Dr. Olden was selected as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. In this role she developed novel biomaterials for use in adoptive T-cell therapy manufacturing; through this work she fostered collaborations across academic institutions, medical institutions, and biomedical companies here in the Pacific Northwest. Today, Dr. Olden is continuing her work in cancer immunotherapy development as a scientist involved in viral vector process development for Bristol-Myers Squibb in Seattle, Washington.
18th CJGSS Keynote Speakers: Claire Offer and Claire Mallon
presenting Claire^2: Journey to Space
Live event on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at Wilsonville High School
Claire Offer, West Linn High School class of 2011, is now an engineer for National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known as NASA. Claire works in the Propellants and Life Support division at Kennedy Space Center. Claire’s expertise is as a helium and pressure systems engineer, working on pipelines and vessels filled with specialty cryogenics, high pressure gases, etc. Claire attended Oregon State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Minor in Spanish. During her undergraduate years, Claire worked for NASA, Boeing, and E. & J. Gallo Winery; she served as the president of OSU’s Society of Women Engineers as well as holding regional positions in SWE, and was a member of Phi Sigma Rho, an engineering sorority. Most recently, she was selected for a competitive fellowship program through Kennedy Space Center and is now studying to get her Master’s degree in Material Science and Engineering with a focus in Metallurgy at University of Central Florida. (pending more government shutdowns she will graduate in 2020). Outside of work, Claire is busy playing with her three dogs, planning her upcoming wedding, running, biking, boating, and riding all of the rides at Disneyworld!
Claire Mallon graduated from Wilsonville High School in 2013 where she was an active member of the Wilsonville Robotics Team, Error Code Xero, and a varsity tennis player. She went on to study mechanical engineering at Yale University and graduated in 2017. While at Yale, she was co-president of Bulldogs Racing, Yale’s Formula Electric team, conducted research in the Soft Matter Lab, and worked at the admissions office, recruiting other bright young STEM students to Yale. Claire now works at SpaceX in the Components Engineering department. Claire has worked on a variety of components -- valves, regulators, burst disks, and pumps -- for both of SpaceX’s operating vehicles, Falcon and Dragon. She eagerly looks forward to what is ahead for SpaceX: per aspera, ad astra (through hardships to the stars)!
Previous Years' Award Announcements
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