Cy Woods student advances to State Science and Engineering Fair

CYPRESS TEXAS — Cypress Woods High School junior Govind Chada placed second at the 60th annual Science and Engineering Fair of Houston (SEFH) for a project showcasing his research on novel methods for early detection of lung cancer using machine learning.

More than 1,000 students participated in the fair, which was held Feb. 22-23 at the George R. Brown Convention Center for students in Harris County and 22 other surrounding counties. Chada’s project, titled “Using 3D Convolutional Neural Networks for Classification of Lung Nodules and Early Detection of Lung Cancer,” competed in the Computer Science category alongside more than 30 other projects that advanced to SEFH after winning at the district level.

For his second-place finish, Chada advances to the Texas Science and Engineering Fair, to be held March 29-30 at Texas A&M University in College Station.

Chada credits his success to strong support and encouragement he receives from his teachers as well as extracurricular opportunities at Cypress Woods such as Computer Science and Future Business Leaders of America.

“Govind has shown great passion and initiative in pursuing meaningful research in an area of great impact to a large number of people,” Cypress Woods chemistry teacher Shelly Solis said. “He has successfully integrated skills in computer science, biology and communication developed over many years. The project required hundreds of hours of effort and the research was conducted over many months. It is encouraging to see Govind’s efforts validated by recognition at the highest levels.”

Winning students at the state level will have the opportunity to advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and participate in the Governor’s Science and Technology Champions Academy. The fair is the world’s largest pro-collegiate science competition, with approximately 1,800 high school students across more than 70 countries and territories showcasing their research. It will be in May in Phoenix, Arizona.

The academy is a week-long, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) summer camp that helps students explore practical applications and provide exposure to career options.

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