From the Sacramento area, Mira Loma High School student Ashish Nag, 17, is competing with a project that looks at a process that increases the growth of stem cells that can replace damaged heart cells.
La Jolla High School senior Meredith Lehmann, 15, reached the contest's final round with a study that examines how disease epidemics spread via transportation networks.
Apoorva Dharmadhikari, a 17-year-old student at Evergreen Valley High School in San Jose, was picked for the contest's final round with a project that looks at ways to induce sterility in harmful pests.
The CAPS awards luncheon runs Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sacramento Zoo's Kampala Center. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash award with other two finalists receiving $500 each.
IMAGE: CAPS logo / courtesy California Association of Professional Scientists