Alyssa Cepeda to represent NMI in international science competition

KAGMAN High School senior Alyssa Cepeda will head to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to represent the CNMI in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair on May 12-19.

According to Asap Ogumoro, CNMI Public School System coordinator and STEM chairman, Cepeda will be competing with over 1,000 students from the U.S., Asia, Europe and Africa.

Intel International and Engineering Fair is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition hosted by the Society for Science & the Public.

Each year, students from 75 countries are given the opportunity to compete and showcase their independent research.

Cepeda, who won first place in the CNMI-wide STEM Fair high school research category last March, will present her study on the role of purple hermit crabs — Coenobita brevimanus — as forest frugivores.

She worked on her research under the Short-Term Experience for Underrepresented Persons or STEP-UP program in 2017, and was mentored by Dr. Haldre Rogers of the Ecology of Bird Loss Program.

Ogumoro said Cepeda’s work will be entered in the animal-behavior category. PSS, he added, has been participating in the international competition since 2014.

Last year, KHS student Kloe Borja’s research was among the finalists in the Intel ISEF which took place in Los Angeles, California.

Borja’s project had to do with “Avian gut passage time.”

Source: Marianas Variety :

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