Newark Academy’s Molly Cantillon ’21 and Ivy Xie ’21 Garner Awards at North Jersey Regional Science Fair

Newark Academy juniors Molly Cantillon and Ivy Xie recently participated in the North Jersey Regional Science Fair (NJRSF), and both were recognized with awards.

Molly, who used long-range radio communication to collect biopotentials from wild rats in an experiment that addressed the paucity of naturalistic stress models by collecting data from wild rats in a diverse environment similar to that of humans. This won her the Naval Science Award, given by the Office of Naval Research, which “awards four individual projects in science and engineering that conduct research in areas of interest to the Navy.”

Ivy, who did a project to study and to develop accurate machine learning models for the diagnosis of depression using mobile sensor data, won two awards. Ivy garnered the IEEE NJ Section Young Engineer Award, which is “presented to two projects in Engineering, Math, Physics and Biomedical Engineering that demonstrate the use of sound engineering principles,” and the Yale Science and Engineering Awards, which “recognizes two outstanding 11th grade projects in computer science, physics or chemistry. Winners must register through the designated website to receive a formal certificate and a medallion.”