On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, a team of five freshmen made their way up to the University of California, Los Angeles to compete in the annual Nanovation Competition. But this journey began for these students well before May. Back in January Michelle Chang, Ethan Idani, Arpi Karpuria, Sydney Tanner, Thang Tri Tran, along with their senior advisor Kyle Kishimoto submitted their proposal for a novel method to retard food spoilage using silver nanoparticles to the UCLA Nanovation Competition.

Out of 50 entries, our Fairmont Prep team was selected, alongside nine other teams, by a jury of UCLA material science professors, graduate students, and UCLA Anderson School of Business representatives. From there, the students met with professors and mentors who guided them as they worked on their project along with Jaya Leslie, who served as their faculty advisor.

All of their hard work paid off on Wednesday, May 22, when these ASEP students received first place in the Nanovation Competition presented by the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA. The students were awarded $2,000 in classroom supplies! Congratulations to the ASEP students on all of their hard work.