PITTSFIELD -- The Berkshire section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE, held its annual award dinner last month at Zucchini's Restaurant to recognize its annual science writing contest winners and to give the students an opportunity to speak about their work, said George Haus, education chairman for Berkshire IEEE.

This contest is divided into two sections, grades 9 and 10 and grades 11 and 12. First-, second- and third-place prizes are awarded in each section, as determined by a team of judges comprised of a mix of various technical and medical professionals. Schools are limited to submitting seven papers from each grade group. This year, a total of 33 papers were received in the grades 9/10 section and 13 papers were received from the grades 11/12 section. The winners were:

Grades 11/12

First place: "Charley's Fund: A Race Against Time" by Meghan Cum, a junior at Monument Moun tain Regional High School. She wrote about a local organization's research into treatments and cures for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

Second place: "The First Discovery of Argon Hydride in Space" by Alice Curtin, also a junior at Monument Mountain. She wrote about new research on the element argon.

Third place: "Me, Myself and I" by Megan Martin, a senior who just graduated from Lee Middle and High School. She wrote about the symptoms and possible treatments of Dissociative Identity Disorder.

Grades 9/10

First place: "Foreign Species Transplantation And Its Effects" by William T.


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Serkin, a sophomore at Monument Mountain. He wrote about the history of the use of animals as organ donors to humans.

Second place: "Light Years Away: Exploring the Depths of Our Solar System," by Georgia K. Bass, a sophomore at Monument Mountain. She wrote about the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, which was established to run interference against electromagnetic waves that disturb astronomers from getting a clear view of the night sky.

Third place: "Robotic Surgery: Breaking Barriers" By Ranjana Lingutla, a sophomore at Taconic High School. She interviewed Dr. Andrew Beckwith at Berkshire Medical Center to write about how robotics aid doctors in surgery.

Honorable mention: "Osteosar coma" by Emily Donovan, a sophomore at Lee Middle and High School. She wrote about this bone cancer that tends to affect males.

To read the winning entries, visit: ewh.ieee.org/r1/berkshire/contests.htm