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YSC reveals names of students to represent Canada at virtual Regeneron ISEF 2021 competition

OTTAWA, March 21, 2021 – A group of eight ingenious high school students will represent Canada at the virtual 2021 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, May 16 to 21. Selected by a panel of researchers, educators, and Team Canada-ISEF alumni, the students demonstrated outstanding creativity, scientific inquiry and communication skill in developing their STEM project.

“We’re so proud of these students,” says Prof. Patrick Whippey, chair of the selection panel. “They not only demonstrated a high level of ingenuity, critical thinking, curiosity and scientific excellence, but they also had to persevere through challenges brought about by the pandemic. Each student has earned their spot on the team, but they also represent thousands of other students who, like them, have gone through a challenging year and yet allowed themselves to tackle questions and problems of our day.”

Team Canada-ISEF 2021 is comprised of:

  • Dheiksha Jayasankar – St. Catharines, ON
    Identification of Antimicrobials for Topical Use in Annona muricata
  • Haolin Li & Jason Teng – Toronto, ON
    Analysis of the Correlation between Immunogenomic Phenotype and Patient Outcomes for Prostate Cancer
  • William Li & Rowan Ross – Burnaby, BC
    A Novel Approach to Bio-Friendly Microplastic Extraction with Ascidians
  • Gurik Mangat – Surrey, BC
    FyreWatch: Deep Learning for Accurate Wildfire Environmental Conditions Detection
  • Tienlan Sun – Vancouver, BC
    TeleAEye: Low-Cost Automated Eye Disease Diagnosis Using a Novel Smartphone Fundus Camera With AI
  • Angela Zhou – Vancouver, BC
    An Investigation of a Dark Sector Interaction Model to Solve the Hubble Tension

“Regeneron ISEF is the world’s most prestigious youth STEM project competition, welcoming students from over 80 countries,” says Reni Barlow, executive director of Youth Science Canada, the national charitable organization behind Team Canada-ISEF since 1995. “The calibre of students and projects at this level is truly amazing. I encourage everyone to support these young scientists by learning more about their projects and to also speak to children and teens about the value of STEM-based projects, inside and outside of school.”

The YSC Team Canada-ISEF program is made possible thanks to the Gwyn Morgan & Patricia Trottier Foundation, through its Youth Can Innovate program.

About Youth Science Canada
Youth Science Canada fuels the curiosity of Canadian youth through STEM projects. A registered charity incorporated in 1962, YSC delivers on its mission through national programs including mySTEMspace, the National STEM Fair Network, Canada-Wide Science Fair, STEM Expo, “Team Canada” representation at international fairs and Smarter Science professional development for teachers. Through these programs, YSC provides direct support to the more than 500,000 students who do STEM projects in any given year. For more information, visit

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