SLU-Madrid Honors High School Students For Pioneering Scientific Research
Due to the exceptional quality of the projects submitted to the Fourth Annual National Science and Technology Competition, the Adjudicating Committee has granted two first prizes in the fields of neuroscience and molecular biology. Students from high schools in Madrid, Navarra, Cataluña, Galicia, Castilla y León, Andalucía and Murcia participated in the competition this year, registering a total of 37 projects. The wide variety of research topics included health sciences, engineering, conservation biology, chemistry and environmental science. Based on the assessment criteria of originality, applicability, practical or theoretical contribution, overall presentation and an evaluation from the faculty mentor, the Adjudicating Committee selected the following two projects for this year's awards:
- Insight into the impact of methylation and demethylation pathways in DNA physical properties
Submitted by Eric Matamoros Morales, a student at IES Ramón Berenguer IV in Tarragona, this project demonstrates that the methylation of DNA can play an important role in the expression of genes. The Adjudicating Committee lauded the complexity of the theoretical and experimental procedures, and recognized the great scientific value of the conclusions of his analysis. (mentor: Vicent Ramiro de Molina)
- Tuning the brain. Research on Parkinson's disease and DBS
Mar Munuera Vilalta, a student from the Colegio Jesuïtes Sarrià - San Ignasi de Barcelona submitted the results of her research into the use of Deep Brain Stimulation to treat patients with Parkinson's disease. The Adjudicating Committee valued the methodology used, effort required, excellent organization and systematic documentation. (mentor: Daniel Durantes Pineda)
The SLU-Madrid National Science & Technology Competition for High School Students recognizes young scholars who have demonstrated exceptional talent through science and technology research. The award targets those with an interest in pursuing higher education in the science and engineering fields. Through recognizing and awarding talent and hard work, SLU-Madrid aims to promote creativity and the spirit of research among students in the final two years of secondary school.