Middlebrook eighth grader Anika Bhagavatula earned seven awards at the 69th annual Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair, March 14-18.

Nearly 120 schools and regional fairs sent seventh through 12th graders to compete for the 600 available spaces at the state fair, held at Quinnipiac University in Hamden.

Anika’s A Novel Method for Oil Spill Cleanup Using Biomass project — named best in fair at the 2017 Middlebrook Science and Engineering Fair — received the following awards at the state science fair:


  • First place: Pfizer Life Sciences Awards, eighth grade life sciences division.

  • First place: Environmental Sciences Awards with CACIWC, middle school division.

  • First place: Sustainable Resources and Practices Awards, middle school division.

  • Connecticut Science Teachers Association's Marty Tafel Student Research Award, eighth grade life sciences division.

  • Ricoh Americas Corporation’s Sustainable Development Award.

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award.

  • Connecticut Invention Convention’s Next Step Inventors award.


Not only is Anika invited to present at the Connecticut Invention Convention as a CIC Next Step Inventor, but she is also invited to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS National Science competition. Last year, Anika was one of 300 Broadcom MASTERS semifinalists.

In addition to awards, Anika received $1,600 cash and $100 in gift certificates.

Other state science fair participants from Middlebrook included eighth graders Ashley Klancko, Rahul Vallabhajosula, and Rohan Vaddiraju.

Last year, Anika won eight state science fair awards for her Banana Peels: Second Life as a Water Purifier project.

Click here learn more about the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair.