Mt. Lebanon Senior Awarded for Scientific Research

Congratulations to Senior Natalie McGee for the recognition she has received for her groundbreaking research project: Examining the Effects of Marine Microplastics on Porifera Microbial Filtration. 

Natalie recently completed her participation in the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).  She was selected as an ISEF finalist during the Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair earlier this spring.  Only 4 students were selected from the 1,000 students who participated in the regional fair. This is the second year in a row that she has achieved this prestigious honor and, the only Mt. Lebanon High School student who had research selected for this competition in at least the last 10 years. 

All students who applied for ISEF were judged based on their research papers.  All papers were peer-reviewed by a panel of experts.  

At the Covestro  Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Natalie was awarded the following awards:

  • First Place Earth and Environment Category Award 

  • Allegheny County Health Department Sponsor Award

  • American Society of Civil Engineers, Pittsburgh Section Sponsor Award

  • Covestro LLC Sponsor Award

  • Society for In Vitro Biology Sponsor Award

  • U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize

  • Carnegie Mellon University Scholarship Award

  • The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Scholarship 

Natalie is supported by Science Club faculty advisors Kyle Tilger and Josh Bilak and high school science teacher Pam Harris.