Medford's Erica Bufina was recognized in June by the Medford School Committee for her success at the 2014 Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair. Budina is a 4 year veteran of MSSEF, placing third as a freshman and taking first prizes as a junior and senior. In her last MSSEF event, Budina earned the Grand Prize, the 2014 Genzyme Science Award. The prize of $27,500 benefits not only Erica with $10,000 directly, but also awards $10,000 to the Medford High School Science Department, with another $5,000 to Budina's science teacher, Jody Driscoll, for an externship, and $2,500 to Budina for a summer internship at Genzyme.
Not only has Budina enjoyed great success at MSSEF events, but she has also represented Massachusetts twice as part of the official delegation to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. At ISEF, she competed amongst 1700 students from 70 nations and territories. Budina's work has been encouraged and developed in part through her work with Assistant Professor Lauren Black as part of the Tufts University Biomedical Engineering Research Scholars (TUBERS) program.
Valedictorian of her 2014 Medford High School class, we wish her every success in her next adventures!
Read more about Genzyme's support of science education, including MSSEF.
In the photos below:
Kristen Brown from Genzyme’s Community Relations Department congratulating Kristen.
Erica is presented her official recognition award from John Falco, Vice Chairman of the Medford School Committee, with Superintendent Roy E. Belson and Dr. Loren Black from Tufts University looking on.