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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 14, 2011
Union to recognize outstanding high school science students

110913 CAPS logo large.JPGThe California Association of Professional Scientists will recognize three finalists and announce the winner of its Outstanding Young Scientist Award at a luncheon Thursday in Sacramento.

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

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