NJ Science Olympiad Protein Modeling Results


55 teams from high schools across New Jersey demonstrated their understanding of 3D protein structure at three regional Science Olympiad competitions held in January.

Students use Jmol to build a model on the day of the event.

Students use Jmol to build a model on the day of the event.

The models built by students are examples of proteins involved in genome editing. This year's event was designed by MSOE and RCSB PDB, and highlights related Molecule of the Month columns as a resource. Protein modeling will be one of several events at Science Olympiad tournaments across the country and in the National events in May. Teams are recognized for their performance in individual events and in the overall tournament.

The top scoring teams in the New Jersey Science Olympiad regional protein modeling events were

Northern (NJIT, Jan 15, 2015)

  1. Al-Ghazaly HS
  2. Montville Township HS
  3. Biotechnology HS
  4. Morris Hills HS
  5. Parsippany Hills HS
  6. Millburn HS

Central (UCC, Jan 7, 2015)

  1. West Windsor-Plainsboro HS North - II
  2. South Brunswick HS - II
  3. South Brunswick HS - I
  4. Randolph HS - I
  5. Union County Vocational Technical Schools - I
  6. JP Stevens HS - I

Southern (CCC, Jan 15, 2015)

  1. Montgomery HS - II
  2. Princeton HS - I
  3. Montgomery HS - I
  4. New Providence HS - II
  5. Princeton HS - II
  6. Lawrence HS
Science Olympiad at UCSD campus

RCSB PDB will also participate in the San Diego Regional event on February 21, and recently hosted a protein modeling workshop at UCSD.

Science Olympiad Judges

Judges Luigi Di Costanzo, Shuchismita Dutta (also an event creator), and Yuhe Liang

Many thanks to the RCSB PDB judges in NJ (Luigi Di Costanzo, Shuchismita Dutta, Zukang Feng, Sutapa Ghosh, Brian Hudson, Yuhe Liang, Ezra Peisach, Chenghua Shao, Lihua Tan, Christine Zardecki, and Marina Zhuravleva), the NJ Science Olympiad organizers and volunteers, and the host colleges (Camden County, Union County, and NJIT).

We look forward to seeing the teams at the NJ state finals in March! Related materials for protein modeling preparation are hosted by MSOE and RCSB PDB.

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