St. Patrick Students Selected to Compete at International Science & Engineering Fair

BILOXI, Miss.- St. Patrick Catholic High School is proud to announce that Shayleen Moeini, Madilyn Dickinson and Emerson Morris were all selected to represent St. Patrick Catholic High School and the State of Mississippi at the upcoming Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair in Atlanta from May 8 – 13, 2022.  Shayleen and Madilyn were selected as finalists at the Region VI Science & Engineering Fair in March.  Emerson was selected as a finalist at the State Science & Engineering Fair in Hattiesburg at the USM campus.  Each student will represent our region and state as they display and discuss their research to judges from around the world.  Most days are scheduled for rigorous judging and interviews. One day will be open to the public where surrounding schools will visit and be able to speak to students about their research and results.

Shayleen and Madi completed a group project in Behavioral and Social Sciences on the effects of Subliminal Messages.  Emerson’s project was in the Microbiology category and focused on the effects of the growth of Microcystis aeruginosa in coastal waters, a two year study.

The Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair is an annual science fair in the United States.  More than 1500 students from roughly 70 countries and territories compete in the fair for scholarships, tuition grants, internships, scientific field trips and the grand prizes, including one $75,000 and two $50,000 college scholarships. All prizes together amount to over $4,070,000.  Students are selected in each region of each state/territory as the best of science fair projects and then advance to the next level.  Only the top one or two students will advance from each region to the International level.

 The International Science and Engineering Fair was founded in 1950 by Science Service and was sponsored by the Intel Corporation from 1997 to 2019. Since 2020, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is the title sponsor for ISEF.

Research has become an integral part of critical thinking and problem-solving for students in science. Participation in research can benefit intellectual growth, an exciting opportunity to be creative in exploring scientific problems in new ways,and exposes students to potential career options. We are very proud to have these three students represent our school, region, and state as they discuss their year-long focused research and data collection, exhibit their results and explain their conclusions and solutions.