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Mayer Lutheran student attends national science and engineering fair

Miriam Wilson (second from left), Mayer Lutheran High School, meets 1996 Nobel laureate in physics Douglas Osheroff. Photo provided by Mayer Lutheran High School

Miriam Wilson, Chaska, Minnesota, traveled to Phoenix in mid-May to attend the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). She attended the fair as a student observer, as one of eight high school students representing the Minnesota South Central/Southwest Regional Science Fair.

Wilson was awarded the opportunity to participate at her local affiliated science fair in Mankato in February based on her project “Assessing the Feasibility of Printing Custom Bones.” Wilson worked on her research at Mayer Lutheran High School under the supervision of Gary Loontjer.

During her week in Phoenix, Wilson heard from Nobel Prize Laureates including Douglas Osheroff, laureate in physics in 1996; Adam Steltzner, NASA engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and head of the team that landed Curiousity on Mars; and Brian David Johnson, the futurist at Intel.

“Miriam’s project involving the possibility of growing custom-made bones has great potential for future improvements in medical care,” said Loontjer. “Her hard work paid off and will continue to motivate her as she heads to Iowa State this fall to study engineering.”

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