Science Fair Projects - NVSWCD Awards

NVSWCD serves as an organizational judge for the Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair. The NVSWCD judging team looks at projects related to streams, water quality, soils, erosion, stormwater management, nonpoint source pollution, and other natural resource issues.

The District awards a $100 scholarship to the top project, a $75 scholarship to the second project, and $50 for the third place project. The District may recognize additional outstanding projects with an honorable mention.









  • The Efficacy of Carbon Sequestration of Wetlands, Jun Hong (Johnny) Kim, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Junior)
  • Accotink Creek Watershed Study Year 3, Amanda M. Harbison, Falls Church High School (Junior)
  • Soil pH and Endomycorrhizal Association, Carrie Bevis, Thanh Nguyen, and Nadia Thura, Stuart High School (Seniors)
  • Effect of Soil Additives on Plant Growth, Gabriel Ritter, Marshall High School (Junior)
  • The Effect of Runoff on A. vinelandii, Catie R. Liebeck, West Potomac High School (Sophomore)
  • Can Nature Preserves Survive Urbanization?, Suzanne M Thibeault, Falls Church High School (Sophomore)


  • The Effect of Greywater on Plants, Gabriel Ritter, Marshall High School (Sophomore)
  • The Suffocating Effect of Trees, Edward Kim, McLean High School (Junior)
  • An Assessment of Potomac River Water Toxicity, Alice Chae and Lauren Corbett, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology


  • Microbial Bioconversion of Varying Concentrations, Samantha Dodbele, Hayfield Secondary School (Senior)
  • Effect of Over the Counter Medications (OTC) on the Survival Rate of Daphnia, Anuj Gupta and Diksha Gupta, Chantilly High School (Sophomores)
  • The Effect of Green Roofs on the Environment, Amy Baker, Adrienne Lowry & Adrienne Sanchez, Westfield High School (Sophomores)


  • Streams and Shrubberies: A Saga of Soggy Science, Carl Stankwitz, Centreville High School (Sophomore)
  • LH-PCR Analysis of Smallmouth Bass from the Shenandoah River, Peter Bojö, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Senior)
  • Could Gypsum Save the Bay?, Jacob Boswell, John Christenson & Joshua Gaghan, Lee High School (Freshmen)


  • Effect of Acid Rain and other Environmental Factors on the pH of Bright Pond, Hunter Bohlen and Matthew Ryan, Langley High School (Freshmen)
  • Effect of Runoff Pollution on the Population Growth of Lemna Minor, Paul C. Eskridge II, Hayfield Secondary School (Sophomore)
  • How Does Woodrow Wilson Bridge Construction Affect the Potomac River, Kelsey McManus and Elaine Westcott, Woodson High School (Sophomores)


  • Effect of Wetland Filtration on Pollution in Water, Kristina Dahmann, Elizabeth Grady & Alyssa Kuhn, West Potomac High School (Juniors)
  • Good for Us, Good for Nature, Cornelia Woodly, Lake Braddock Secondary School (Sophomore)
  • Fecal Matters: Exploring the Filtering Use of Feces, Ryan Akrami, Matthew Karrenbauer & Daniel Saboe, Centreville High School (Sophomores)


  • The Effect of Nitrogen on Algae Growth, Eileen Foley, Chantilly High School (Freshman)
  • The Effect of Aquatic Plants on Polluted Water, Denise Linn
  • Assessing the Water Quality on Cub Run, Christopher Graham & Alvin Lin, Oakton High School (Sophomores)
  • Effect of Water Treatment on the Water Quality, Kathleen Dixon


  • Dyke Marsh—A Healthy Wetland? Crystal D. Duffield, West Potomac High School (Sophomore)
  • Emerging Molecular Tools for Fecal Source Tracking, Diana L. Clough, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Senior)
  • Effects of Water Treatment on Macroinvertebrates, Eileen R. McCaffrey & Stephanie M. Souther, Robinson Secondary School (Sophomores)
  • Stream Pollution, Mariam O. Abu-Ali & Walaa A. Turkistani, Islamic Saudi Academy (Freshmen)
  • Water Chemistry Analysis to Biological Assessments, Lauren Gagen-Cheeney & Tiffany Ung, Woodson High School (Seniors)

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