From left, Jiwon Choi, Anh Võ, May Shin, and Emma Markowitz. (Courtesy photo)

Four Maine State Science Fair winners spent the week in Dallas at the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair. The annual event brought together 1,700 high school students from around the world to share their inspiring, often groundbreaking, work in the fields of science and engineering. 

Emma Markowitz, a homeschooled student from Trevett, was awarded a $5,000 prize from the Drug, Chemical & Associated Technologies Association. Her project combined manuka honey to promote healing with a bandage that changes color if a wound may be infected. She also received a fourth-place award in the Microbiology category. This is Markowitz’s second time at ISEF; last year, she placed second in her category at the event.

Markowitz was joined by May Ki-ok Shin and Jiwon Choi of Fryeburg Academy and Anh Võ of John Bapst Memorial High School. Shin and Choi’s project focused on microplastics in soils, while Vo’s project looked at gender disparities in STEM fields.

This trip to ISEF was made possible by The Jackson Laboratory and MMSA. The two organizations are the presenting sponsors of the annual Maine State Science Fair.