It is the kind of research your may expect from scientists.
In a room inside Jordan Hall of Science, there are boards detailing how solar energy can help solve the energy crisis displayed next to posters on new ways to detect cardiovascular disease.
But, the scientists in the room are only in high school.
Fifteen students from across the Midwest are vying for scholarship money and the chance to claim the highest science honor through the Siemens Competition in math, science and technology taking place at the University of Notre Dame.
This competition allows science lovers to take on challenging projects and take part in university-level research.
The participants' faces light up at the mention of sharing their project findings.
"That is what is so cool about science and working in the lab, everybody there is there to do science and everyone is super excited about what you are doing," said regional finalist Marc Bouchet. "Here, we come and there is so much more science and everyone is really into it. It is a great environment"
Others have discovered a new passion along the way.
"I fell in love with the area of cardiovascular diseases," said regional finalist Gurbani Kaur. "I know, for a fact, that I want to be a cardiovascular surgeon because of the Siemens competition."
Students will present their projects to the judges Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Those who take the top prize advance to the national finals in Washington, D.C.