After one of his immediate family members was diagnosed with colon cancer, Los Altos Hills student Steven Wang began research on a related science project, “Nanophotothermolysis: Intense Pulse Light Treatment with Targeted Gold Nanoparticle for Colorectal Cancer Therapy Modeled by Monte Carlo Simulations.”
Wang’s work, entered in the Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Category at the California State Science Fair, was selected as the Project of the Year in the Junior Division. The top honor included a $5,000 award.
For a year, the Harker School eighth-grader focused on the science project, which used a computer modeling algorithm to determine ways to make chemotherapy more efficient at attacking cancer cells and less likely to attack healthy cells.
Wang received the award at the 60th annual California State Science Fair, held at the California Science Center in Los Angeles May 2-3. The 60th annual fair included 1,000 participants from 403 schools.
For more information, visit www.usc.edu/CSSF.