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Teen scientists take home $13,000 in awards

Posted on May 5, 2004

Toronto, Ontario, Canada — After months of experimenting in university, college and industry science labs, the hard work of local high school students has paid off handsomely. Thirteen teams of students won more than $13,000 in cash awards and scholarships at the 11th annual Aventis Biotech Challenge — Greater Toronto.

Xinchen Wang of the University of Toronto Schools also won this award for research on the ability of a particular species of fungus to break down hemp into pulp. Her findings may have commercial value in the hemp industry and in the pulp and paper industry. This student’s mentor was Dr. Martin Hubbes of the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto.

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