CONNECTICUT STEM FOUNDATION, INC.
PRESS RELEASE FOR 2020 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
The Connecticut STEM Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2020 Scholarship Program:
Caroline Badagliacca, a senior at Sacred Heart in Greenwich, CT, received a $1,000 scholarship to help defray her freshman year college costs. Caroline will attend Vanderbilt University and plans to major in Human and Organizational Development. Caroline participated in two Connecticut Stem Foundation’s Connecticut STEM Fairs. In 2019 she submitted a Research Proposal entitled Determining the Effect of MusicalEnrichment on Cognition in Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. In 2020 she submitted a Completed Project entitled Music and Memory: The Ideal Dosage of Music to Reduce Agitated Behaviors and Improve Quality of Life of Patients with Alzheimers Disease and Dementia. She hopes to continue her research in this area at college. In addition to participation in CT STEM Fairs, Caroline participated in the Conrad Challenge Innovator, Paradigm Challenge, Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholar, and the 2020 Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair.
Sophia Wang, a senior at Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge, CT received a $1,000 scholarship to help defray her freshman year college expenses. Sophia will attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology and plans to major in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Sophia participated in four Connecticut STEM Foundation’s Connecticut STEM Fairs. In 2017 she submitted a Research Proposal entitled The Application of SHMS to Aid in Sinkhole Detection. In 2018 she submitted a Completed Project entitled Sinkhole Detection Using Wireless Sensor networks and Structural Health Monitoring. In 2019 she submitted a Completed Project entitled Real-Time Sinkhole Detection using Civil Engineering Techniques, and Artificial Intelligence, the Interact of Things (IoT). In 2020 she submitted a Completed Proposal entitled Methodology, Machine Learning Algorithms, and Limestone Dissolution Modeling Optimization of a Real-Time Sinkhole Detection System Using Localization. As a result of her performance in the 2018 and 2019 Connecticut STEM Fairs, she participated in both the 2018 and 2019 Intel International Science and Engineering Fairs. Additionally she has participated in both the Connecticut and the National Invention Conventions, Regeneron Science Talent Search, the Genius Olympiad, the Norwalk Science Fair and the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair. Additionally she participated in summer STEM internships, both at Columbia University Department of Civil Engineering and at the University of Connecticut Department of Electrical Engineering. Sophia’s science research projects played a pivotal role in her decision to major in Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT.