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NAVS Selects 2016 Humane Science Award Recipients at Intel ISEF

Last week, NAVS honored promising young scientists at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) —the world's largest international science competition for high school students—in Phoenix, Arizona. This is the 15th year that we have participated in this preeminent science fair—presenting our annual Humane Science Award, which recognizes student projects that show scientific excellence while demonstrating ethics and respect for animals. 

NAVS is honored to be the only animal advocacy organization allowed to present an award at this prestigious event. 

After reviewing hundreds of projects and interviewing many extraordinary students, we are pleased to announce that we have selected three exceptional students as recipients of the award. Each student will receive a cash prize for their outstanding work.

Ralph Lawton          Meghana Rao          Rama Balasubramaniam

1st place:  Ralph Lawton, Biomedical and Health Sciences: The Smoking Gun: Toxicological Effects of Electronic Cigarettes on Epithelial Cells using Air Liquid Interface, Year Two [Ralph was the second place winner of the Humane Science Award in 2015.]

2nd place: Meghana Rao, Biochemistry: The Differential Effect of Opioids on Breast Cancer Cell Pro-Survival and Pro-Apoptotic Pathways

3rd place: Rama Balasubramaniam, Biomedical Engineering: The Mechanisms of Glioblastoma Migration in a Bioengineered 3D Brain Model

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

We’re proud to support students like Ralph, Meghana and Rama, who are advancing smarter, human-relevant science that does not harm animals. Help NAVS continue to encourage future generations of humane scientists with a donation today. Thank you!  


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