2015 Young Air Scientist Awards

Guest article written by AAH Board Member Lucy Randel. 

Air Alliance Houston believes that success in improving Houston’s air quality includes educating ourselves and our community, especially our young people. As we educate our youth, we also hope to mobilize them to take an active part in shaping a future with cleaner air. On February 28, a group of six AAH judges met at the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston to review projects related to air quality and environmental sustainability. Each year, we are amazed at the creativity and enthusiasm exhibited.  In the process of selecting six projects for the Young Air Scientist Awards, we conferred with many 7th to 12th grade students on climate change, air and water pollution, refinery emissions, solar energy, other renewable energy sources and much more.

Ninth grader Alisha Sood earned the AAH 2015 grand prize with her project analyzing correlations of lung cancer incidence with particulate and ozone levels. Alisha will be showcasing her project at Earth Day Houston on April 11 at Discovery Green. Be sure to stop by the AAH tent to take a look!


Congratulations to the 2015 Young Air Scientist Award Winners


Grand Prize

Smog and Smoke: The Devils of Lung Cancer

Alisha Sood

Clear Creek High School


Senior Division Individual Project

A Novel Synergistic Solution for CO2 Capture

Perry Alagappan

Clear Lake High School


Ninth Grade Division Individual Project

Deleterious Chemicals On Aquatic Environments

Cindy Yu

Conroe ISD Academy of Science & Technology


Senior Division Team Project

Solar Thermal Solutions II

Christine Castagna & Matthew Frangos

Conroe ISD Academy of Science & Technology


Ninth grade Division Team Project

Effect of Green Fluorescent Protein on Photovoltaic Cell Power Output

Andrew Liu, Akhil Majmudar, & Smiti Gandhi

Clear Brook High School


Junior Division Team Project

Mutagenic Chemicals in Houston Water

Paul Cho & Keagan Mirazee

McCullough Junior High School