Jarek Kwiecinski
Sophomore Jarek Kwiecinski talks with a scientist about how he added amendments to soil to improve quality and habitat, allowing for increased microbial growth.

Jarek Kwiecinski, a sophomore at Albuquerque Institute for Math and Science at UNM or AIMS@UNM, recently won second place in the Earth and Environmental Sciences category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Kwiecinski’s project, titled “Improving the Carbon Use Efficiency of Soil Microbial Communities,” was conducted under the mentorship of UNM Department of Biology faculty including Robert Sinsabaugh, Marcy Litvak and David Van Horn.

Kwiecinski received a $1,500 award and will have an asteroid named after him.

The competition included more than 1,700 students from 70 countries around the world. “It was an incredible and unforgettable learning experience,” said Kwiecinski.

AIMS@UNM is a highly successful charter school currently located on UNM's south campus. Affiliated with UNM since 2007, AIMS features a rigorous curriculum in math and science, and extensive dual credit enrollment for its juniors and seniors.

For more information, visit: AIMS@UNM.