Student's project for summer vacation earns him honor at science symposium Jason Selig, 18, studied effects of jellyfish extract on the growth of a plant

March 22, 1996|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

For 18-year-old Jason Selig, spending his summer on a science project is much more rewarding than going to the beach.

"Most times, when you ask kids what they did over the summer, they'll say they got sunburn and hung out at home," said the senior at Chesapeake Senior High School. "I'd rather say that I did research over the summer. It's more challenging than watching TV at my house."

And that's what Mr. Selig did. He spent last summer researching the effects of jellyfish extract on the growth of a weed.

For his time and effort, Mr. Selig won honorable mention at last week's 34th annual Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at the University of Maryland College Park.

Mr. Selig was one of 32 high school students from around the state competing for one of three spots to present their projects at the national competition in San Diego later this year.

About 85 students applied to participate in the regional contest, but only 32 including Mr. Selig were accepted.

Mr. Selig's experiment involved observing the effect of jellyfish-based solution on brassica, a weed of the mustard family. Mr. Selig discovered that a jellyfish solution almost doubled the height of the brassica.

Although his project did not win, Mr. Selig said he was grateful BTC for the experience.

"I was happy to even get in," he said. "It really helped me get started in the field of science and research, which is what I want to do."

Mr. Selig plans to attend Elon College in North Carolina in the fall.

But he hopes to transfer to Wake Forest University to pursue a degree in pre-medicine.

For now, Mr. Selig is trying to patent his experiment and his findings.

"Who knows? Maybe I can make some money in the future," he said.

He added, "I'm just going with the American dream."

Pub Date: 3/22/96

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