ACS Sacramento Section Special Awards at Regional STEM Fair

By Cindy Castronovo

Although Sacramento Section ACS members have participated as judges for many years at the Regional Science Fairs, this year our section offered cash prizes for three projects which demonstrated exemplary use of the scientific method in a subject relating to chemistry.  Here are the winners!

First Place ($75) – Vishalakshi Arun – “Comparative Analysis of Current Sunscreens to Develop a More Efficient Moss-Based Sunscreen”

Second Place ($50)– Raihana Yarzada & Sabrina Yarzada – “Inseparable”

Third Place ($25) – Matthew Mellas, Jr. – “Can Ecologically Friendly Distillation Purify Salt Water and Sewage Water?”

This year the event was held March 24-25 at American River College. To learn more about the Regional STEM Fair, visit their website at


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Author: ACS Sacramento Section

The Sacramento area has over 900 members of the American Chemical Society in all areas of chemistry.

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