1st Place Winner
Michael L Wong
Geological & Planetary Sciences
Mike Wong is a 6th-year graduate student in Planetary Science studying astrobiology, habitability, and planetary atmospheres with Professor Yuk L. Yung and researchers at Caltech and JPL. His other passions include photography, graphic design, journalism, writing, public speaking, and playing a variety of team sports. Mike hosts a podcast called Strange New Worlds, which examines science, technology, and culture through the lens of Star Trek.
2nd Place Winner & People's Choice
How the immune system helps our beneficial gut bacteria
Gregory P Donaldson
Biology & Biological Engineering
Gregory Donaldson is a PhD student in Biology in the lab of Professor Sarkis Mazmanian. He enjoys knocking out genes in bacteria to try to figure out how they do what they do. He received his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Maryland, where he studied the pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and first discovered the wondrous nature of bacteria. Outside of the lab, Greg has danced, sometimes professionally, for 17 years (and won’t stop).
3rd Place Winner
Dewetting Surfaces for Thermal Desalination and Other Water Treatment Applications
Engineering & Applied Science
Jinglin Huang is a fourth-year graduate student in Medical Engineering. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Science with a minor in music from Smith College. There, she conducted research in biofilm formations, protein-based brain therapeutics modeling, and crystallization optimizations. She interned at Shanghai Sinopharm Pharmaceutical Design Institute, Harvard Innovation Lab, and collaborated with Pfizer on her senior project. She joined Professor Mory Gharib’s group in 2015 and started investigating innovative material for seawater desalination. This project won second place in the SISCA competition. She is currently working on a side project to study
fluid-mixing profiles in the eyes.