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Science Research Projects Awarded SAAWA Mini-Grants

Three science research projects conducted by South High School students have been awarded mini-grants by the South Asian American Women’s Alliance (SAAWA). The projects are being researched by Zoe Chan and Joanne Lee, Jin Huai (Justin) Tao and Qian Wei, and Shaan Merchant.

Research partners Zoe Chan and Joanne Lee are developing a novel composite material that leverages human hair’s adsorbent properties to aid in oil spill management. Research partners Justin Tao and Qian Wei are developing a novel composite material for breaking down microplastics in water. Shaan Merchant is working independently to develop a drone adaptation that is capable of detecting and classifying plant diseases in an agricultural setting. Their science research teacher is Nicole Spinelli.

The 2022–23 SAAWA Science Center Mini-Research Grant program has awarded funding to 16 student research projects in the field of Earth and environmental science. Mini-grant recipients will present their work at the SAAWA Science Fair later this school year. 

Joanne Lee, Qian Wei, Zoe Chan, and Shaan Merchant are pictured with science research teacher Nicole Spinelli

(Left to right) Joanne Lee, Qian Wei, Zoe Chan, and Shaan Merchant are pictured with science research teacher Nicole Spinelli (not pictured: Justin Tao)