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.

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Saturday, May 21 • 11:35am - 11:50am
The Effects of Haematococcus Pluvialis Sourced Astaxanthin and Casein on the Fertility Rate of Drosophila Melanogaster

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This research project aims to identify a source that could be causing such high proportions of infertility, as well as find a treatment conducive to fertility and possibly reverse infertility. This project will be testing infertility by adding supplementation of either Casein, a protein found in cow’s milk and dairy products, astaxanthin, a carotenoid found in a freshwater microalgae, or a combination both into the food source of Drosophila (Drosophila Melanogaster). According to the USDA in a 2014 study, the average american consumed 614 pounds of dairy products annually. Casein has been linked to having multiple adverse effects on health including heart disease, type 1 diabetes and cancer. In addition, new research is flooding in about the health benefits of astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant . These benefits include improving semen quality, skin, endurance, increasing lifespan and also decreasing fat and blood pressure. This research hopes to find a correlation between casein and infertility as well as astaxanthin and fertility.


Rachel Erickson

The Archer School for Girls
The Archer School for Girls; Grade 11

Saturday May 21, 2016 11:35am - 11:50am

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