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ICSJ Scientists Win BIG!

In early February 2017, 7th and 8th grade students participated in the ICSJ Science Fair. Each student conducted research, performed an experiment, and presented the results to a panel of judges. Five 8th grade students were selected to advance to the Regional Science Fair held at the Museum of Science and Industry on March 4th.

The Regional Science Fair, hosted by the Illinois Junior Academy of Science, featured entries from 39 non-public schools from Chicago and the greater metropolitan area. ICSJ exhibits achieved incredible success, with each of the five students winning awards in their experiment category. Two students additionally qualified for the Illinois State Science Fair.

Regional Science Fair Results

The Dissolution Time of Different NSAID Medications in Simulated Stomach Acid

Silver Award for Biochemistry

Dazed and Confused: A Study of Teenage Short-Term Memory

Gold Award for Behavioral Science

A Comparison of Soil and Hydroponic Plant Growth

Gold Award for Botany

Special Recognition Award for Ecological Studies from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

DNA Extraction in Different Types of Fruit

Gold Award for Cellular and Molecular Biology

Superior Achievement Award

Top Poster Award

Advanced to the Illinois State Science Fair

Cost Efficiency in Batteries: Alkaline vs. Lithium

Gold Award for Electronics

Poster Award of Excellence

Kozanecki Engineers Award

Top Poster Award

Advanced to the Illinois State Science Fair


On May 6, two ICSJ students competed in the Illinois State Science Exposition in DeKalb at Northern Illinois University. This Expo featured the work of over 1,400 students in 7th - 12th Grades across the state of Illinois. Conor received a Bronze Award in the Electronics category for his entry on the Cost Efficiency in Batteries: Alkaline vs. Lithium. Stella received a Silver Award for her work in Cellular and Molecular Biology with her project: DNA Extraction from Different Types of Fruit.


Congratulations to all of our Dolphin scientists and their sponsor, Ms. Donnelly. The future is bright!