Archer’s annual STEM Symposium is an opportunity for Los Angeles high school students who have completed independent or small group projects in STEM to present their findings. Students are invited to present their research in the fields of molecular biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering.
The Archer RISE Award honors exceptional young women for their innovative scientific research or engineering design projects that further existing knowledge or develop solutions to pressing scientific challenges. Finalists for the RISE Award are noted in throughout the online program and will be awarded at lunch on May 21.
Bioluminescence has broad and unexpected commercial applications, from its proposed use in streetlights to crop growth indicators. In our research, we are exploring both the processes and the proteins involved in bioluminescence. The first portion of our experimentation will consist of analyzing known concentrations of chemiluminescent solutions, attempting to utilize a visible spectrophotometer to understand and quantify luminescence and generate a calibration curve relating concentration to chemiluminescence. We will then study the process of bioluminescence in dinoflagellates and vibrio fischeri and take data in the same manner, hoping to both quantify the proteins in the lab and learn about their mechanism of action. By using a lux meter in a light-controlled enclosure we will analyze exactly how exposure to light and darkness over time affects the organisms' ability to luminesce. The concluding portion of our research will consist of analyzing how pollutants could affect the brightness and longevity of dinoflagellate and vibrio fischeri luminescence.