CSSF Project Listings: 2015
Plant Biology

Junior Division

Isabella J. Allen, Grade 8
Caitlyn S. Giannini, Grade 8
How Do Different Fruit-Based Compost Solutions Affect the Growth of a Radish Plant?
Advisor: Mr. Bud Smith
School: All Saints' Episcopal Day School, Carmel, Monterey County
Quintin J. Arretche, Grade 8
The Effect of Hydrogels on Water Conservation in Soil
Advisor: Mrs. Rhonda Germano
School: Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Bakersfield, Kern County
Madison T. Besnard, Grade 6
Water Efficiency
Advisor: Mr. Daniel Arriaga
School: Orchard Hills Middle School, Irvine, Orange County
Jaydev N. Bhateja, Grade 8
What Is the Effect of Dry Farming on the Sugar Content of Pisum sativum?
Advisor: Dr. Anuradha Murthy
School: BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, San Jose, Santa Clara County
Anthony Castillo, Grade 8
Is Less More? The Effect of Fertilizer Microdosing on Non-GMO Diploid Yemeni Watermelon Seeds
Advisor: Mrs. Alexandra Gonzales
School: Our Lady of Refuge School, Long Beach, Los Angeles County
Mira Chiruvolu, Grade 6
Molly Dillon, Grade 6
Soil Matters: A Study of Soil Components that Produce Nutrient Dense Plants for Our Health
Advisor: Mrs. Niki Mitchell
School: Gardner Bullis Elementary School, Los Altos Hills, Santa Clara County
Mariah G. Cox, Grade 8
How Low Can You Sow?
Advisor: Ms. Lorre Stange
School: Laytonville Middle School, Laytonville, Mendocino County
Cecelia M. Eggleston, Grade 7
The Effect of the Color of Light on Plant Growth
Advisor: Ms. Jessica Hobba
School: Sunny Brae Middle School, Arcata, Humboldt County
Gwyneth C. Elliott, Grade 6
Dissolved Oxygen
Advisor: Mrs. Kathy Blakemore
School: Elsinore Middle School, Lake Elsinore, Riverside County
J1810 — Honorable Mention
Madison A. Elliott, Grade 7
Calling the Right Shots
Advisor: Mrs. Wendi Rodriguez
School: Heritage (The) School, Phelan, San Bernardino County
J1811 — Honorable Mention
Daniel W. Feng, Grade 6
Spinning Seeds: How Centrifugal Force Affects the Growth of Plant Roots
Advisor: Mrs. Ann Bennett
School: Turtle Rock Elementary School, Irvine, Orange County
Delaney E. Fritz, Grade 7
The Effects of Water Quality on Alfalfa Growth
Advisor: Mrs. Roxanne Hunker
School: Rhoades (The) School, Encinitas, San Diego County
Ella D. Grabenheinrich, Grade 8
Germination and Growth of Fava Bean Plants
Advisor: Mr. Brad Penkala
School: Goleta Valley Junior High School, Goleta, Santa Barbara County
Xavier E. Guaracha, Grade 6
Hydroponics vs. Soil
Advisor: Mr. Kevin Medeiros
School: San Juan Elementary School, San Juan Bautista, San Benito County
J1815 — Honorable Mention
Arham A. Habib, Grade 7
Annie Zhang, Grade 7
Variation of Growth between Genetically Modified and Non-Modified Plants
Advisor: Mrs. Hitu Saksena, Ms. Hitu Saksena
School: Diablo Vista Middle School, Danville, Contra Costa County
Jamie A. Hau-Riege, Grade 6
Jamie and the Beanstalk
Advisor: Ms. Prachi Bhatter
School: Chadbourne (Joshua) Elementary School, Fremont, Alameda County
Sadie B. Huntley, Grade 8
Water from Its Roots
Advisor: Ms. Laura Griffith
School: Arroyo Seco Museum Science Magnet School, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
Maya Y. Jaffe, Grade 8
The Addition of Lysine to Strawberry Plants and the Effect on Drought Resistance
Advisor: Mrs. Julie Warren
School: Pegasus Middle School, Huntington Beach, Orange County
Raquel Rei Kaufman, Grade 6
A Grass' Biomass
Advisor: Mrs. Patricia Murphy
School: New Los Angeles Charter Middle School, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
Megan R. Kohanarieh, Grade 8
Germinating a Mixture of Lolium perenne and Poa pratensis L.: Grey Water vs. Tap Water
Advisor: Mrs. Wendy Hawkins
School: Milken Community Schools, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
Arvind Krishnan, Grade 8
Effect of Different Light Sources on Photosynthesis of Plants
Advisor: Ms. Monica Racicot
School: Mesa Verde Middle School, San Diego, San Diego County
Karunya Krishnan, Grade 7
Ishanee Mitra, Grade 7
Do Fertilizers Extend Plant Life during Drought, and if so, What Types of Fertilizers Extend Plant Life during Drought?
Advisor: Mrs. Nita Kumar
School: Delphi Academy, Campbell, Santa Clara County
Amelia A. Kyle, Grade 6
Super Soil to the Rescue!
Advisor: Ms. Rachel Wiebe
School: Notre Dame Elementary School, Belmont, San Mateo County
Kaitlyn L. Lee, Grade 7
Reach for the Roots
Advisor: Ms. Cindy Ligeti
School: Medea Creek Middle School, Oak Park, Ventura County
J1825 — Fourth Place
William S. Lyons, Grade 6
Zeolite Power: Do Zeolite Minerals Enhance Plant Growth?
Advisor: Mrs. Tracy Lawrence
School: Riverside STEM Academy, Riverside, Riverside County
Monique A. Marquez, Grade 7
Local Compost Affects Plant Growth
Advisor: Mrs. Jewely Lickey
School: Sanger Academy Charter School, Sanger, Fresno County
Divya R. Nair, Grade 7
The Effect of Genetically Modified Crops on Their Sugar Content
Advisor: Ms. Shannon Lum
School: Challenger School Berryessa, San Jose, Santa Clara County
Ishani P. Narwankar, Grade 8
California Water Crisis: Landfill to the Rescue!
Advisor: Mr. Martin Wiedemann
School: Stratford Middle School, Santa Clara, Santa Clara County
J1829 — Second Place
Isaiah L.D. O'Neal, Grade 8
Plant Electrophysiology: How Does the Stimulation of Trigger Hairs Affect Action Potential Generation in Venus Flytraps?
Advisor: Mrs. Darshana Shah
School: Portola (Gaspar de) Highly Gifted Magnet Middle School, Tarzana, Los Angeles County
J1830 — First Place
Jacquelyn B. Opalach, Grade 8
Investigating the Accuracy of the Method Foresters Use to Estimate the Radial Growth Rate of Trees
Advisor: Mr. Greg Ennes
School: Sunny Brae Middle School, Arcata, Humboldt County
Corin J. Ropp, Grade 8
Can Plants Use Glucose to Replace Photosynthesis?
Advisor: <none acknowledged>
School: Adda Clevenger School, San Francisco, San Francisco County
J1832 — Third Place
Neal B. Shipman, Grade 8
Marsh Invasion: Testing if Early Germination Gives an Edge to Algerian Sea Lavender
Advisor: Mr. J.D. Trebec
School: Albany Middle School, Albany, Alameda County

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