Grants & Awards

AZ Partners in Science

Awardee Profiles (2013)

Kourtney Brown

Sonoran Science Academy

The Critical Challenge of Antibiotic Resistance: Are Wastewater Treatment Plants a Concern?

The World Health Organization has identified antibiotic resistance as the most critical human health challenge of the coming decades. Sonoran Science Academy teacher Kourtney Brown is working with the University of Arizona’s Jean McClain, associate director of the Water Resources Research Center, to assess degrees of resistance in treated wastewater used for irrigation.


Mark Calhoun

Sabino High School

Using Solar Energy to Make Hydrogen

Sabino High School’s Mark Calhoun is working with the University of Arizona’s Richard Glass, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry, to come up with cheap and efficient catalysts to convert solar-generated electricity into hydrogen.


Michael Frank

Empire High School

Identifying Alternative Functions of the Telomerase Reverse Transcript ASE (TERT)

The discovery of the telomerase enzyme in cells has opened a new field of inquiry into disease and aging. Empire High School teacher Michael Frank is working with Mark Beilstein, UA assistant professor in the School of Plant Sciences, to elucidate whether alternative functions of a major subunit of telomerase, called TERT, which have been documented in other groups of organisms, are also present in plants.


William Golden

Flowing Wells High School

3D Printing in High School Science and Engineering Classes

While working in Arvinder Sandhu’ UA physics lab for the last two summers, Flowing Wells High School teacher William Golden realized there were numerous times that being able to digitally design and then manufacture unique parts for experimentation set-up and testing would have been invaluable. With a supplemental grant from RCSA, Golden has begun a 3D manufacturing program to bolster various aspects of his science curriculum.


Elena Martin

Tucson High Magnet

Predicting Changes in Vegetation and Wildfire Patterns in the Context of a Warming Climate in the Catalina-Rincon Mountains

As global climate change intensifies, research into managing landscapes for wildfire is increasingly important. Tucson Magnet High School teacher Elena Martin is assisting Associate Professor Gary Christopherson, UA School of Geography and Development, in the collection and analysis of data that may help to predict the wildfire threat in the Catalina-Rincon mountains near Tucson, Arizona.


Sadequn Nahar

Sunnyside High School

Spin-dependent transport of electrons in magnetic tunneling junctions

Quantum mechanical tunneling of electrons in magnetic tunneling junctions offers the possibility of powerful spintronic devices – computers, TVS and other devices -- that may one day use very little electricity. Sunnyside High School teacher Sadequn Nahar is working with Associate Professor Weigang Wang, UA Department of Physics, to determine which magnetized materials would be most efficient for this process.


Robin Rathman

Cienega High School

Temporal variation in oviposition activity of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the Sonoran desert region and dengue transmission risk

Why does the painful disease known as dengue fever exist in some places in the Sonoran Desert region but not in others? Cienega High School teacher Robin Rathman is working with Assistant Professor Kathleen Walker, UA Department of Entomology, to understand one of dengue’s principal vectors, the Aedes ageypti mosquito.


Alexander Ruff

Using Isotopic Analysis to Determine Historic Husbandry Practices at Los Santos Angeles de Guevavi Mission

Guevavi was a settlement of the Tohono O’odham people in what is now Southern Arizona. It was first visited by Spanish missionaires in 1691. Marana High School teacher Alexander Ruff is working with Associate Professor Barnet Pavao-Zuckerman, UA School of Anthropology, to reconstruct ranching practices and determine Guevavi’s role in the Spanish mission system.