Bangor High School student wins $1,000 scholarship in national competition

Posted June 30, 2011, at 5:59 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Leila Musavi, who graduated from Bangor High School in June, will have a little more money for spend on her collegiate education after finishing among the top five finalists nationally for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition.

The Orono resident, the third straight Bangor High student to win the Maine state Stockholm award, received a $1,000 award for finishing among the top five in the nation as well as a $1,000 scholarship as the winner of the first-ever Bjorn von Euler Innovation in Water Scholarship for her project, titled “Development and Optimization of Gold-Nanoparticle Modified Carbon Electrode Biosensor for Detection of Listeria Monocytogenes.”

The 16-year-old’s project involves a rapid detection system for finding pathogens such as cholera and E. coli in water using screen-printed carbon electrodes. The von Euler scholarship recognizes projects that demonstrate a unique passion for education and awareness of sustainable water management.

The national winner this year is Alison Bick of Short Hills, N.J., whose project is called “Development and Evaluation of a Microfluidic Co-Flow Device to Determine Water Quality.”

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize is considered the most prestigious international competition for water-related research. Winners representing all 50 states and Puerto Rico were brought to Chicago for a ceremony last weekend.

Musavi is the fourth state winner from Bangor in the last five years. Rebecca Ye, who won last year, also won the national award and an expenses-paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden as an international finalist for creating a biosensor capable of rapidly identifying strains of the E. coli pathogenic bacteria.

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