Over $1 million in scholarship money handed out to science-savvy high school students.

The winners of the 57th Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) were announced today in Indianapolis, IN. The event, “the world’s largest pre-college celebration of science,” brought together nearly 1500 students from over 40 countries to compete for $1 million in scholarships, grants and scientific field trips. The participating ninth through twelfth graders who participated in the fair earned their tickets by winning previous local, regional and national events.

Three students received were awarded te Fair’s top prize, the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award. Each recipient won a $50,000 scholarship. Hannah Wolf, a 16-year-old from Allentown, PA, won for her project, “Sleuthing Epicenter Direction from Seismites, Cretaceous Wahweap Formation, Cockscomb Area, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah.” Madhavi Gavini, 16, from Columbus, MS, snagged a scholarship for her “Engineering of a Novel Inhibitor of Biofilm-Encapsulated Pathogens.” Meredith MacGregor, 17, of Boulder, CO, won for the project, titled “Cracking the Brazil Nut Effect.”

A group of three senior finalists won an all expense-paid trip to the Nobel Prize Ceremonies in Stockholm this December. John Pease Moore, IV, 18 of Miamisburg, OH, won for his project on, “Development of Fixed and Flapping-wing Surveillance Micro Air Vehicles.” The winner of this year’s Intel Science Talent Search, Shannon Babb, an 18-year-old from American Fork, UT, added to her awards for her work entitiled, “Deadly Waters: A Twelve Month Water Quality Study of a Newly Erupted Sulfur Spring and Its Longitudinal Effect on Diamond Fork Creek, Phase IV.” And Yi-Chi Chao, 18, from Taipei, won for research on “A Versatile Hunter: Giant Wood Spider Adjusts Web Structure and Silk Properties When Encountering Different Prey.”

Mary Douglas, 17, and Alison Liu, 16, both from Manhasset High School, Manhasset, NY, received a top team project award, receiving a trip to attend the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in Stockholm this September. Their project was titled “The Effects of CNS Stimulants and SSRIs on the Formation of Conditioned Long Term Memory and Learning Behaviors in Sleep Deprived Wildtype Drosophila melanogaster.”

Victor Shia, George Chen and Frank Chuang, all 17 years old and students at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, CA, won another team award that will send them to the European Youth Science Exhibition in Spain. Their project was titled, “Paladin: A New Fast and Secure Symmetric Block Cipher.”

Intel also presented $5,000 dollar awards and laptops powered by Intel CentrinoTM mobile technology to projects deemed “Best in Category” for several subjects. Additionaly, a $1,000 grant will be given to the school and the Intel ISEF Affiliated fair that each winner represents:

  • Maya Wolpert, 18 years old, from Shaker Heights, OH, took the behavioral and social sciences and for her project, “Atypical Visual Behaviors as Early Indicators of Autism in Children.”
  • Adrian Veres, a 16 year old from Montreal, won the top prize in biochemistry for his research project: “Design and Development of a Novel Biosensor for the Efficient Detection of Infectious Pathogens and Environmental Invaders.”
  • Caroline Lang, 14, from Yardley, Pennsylvania won the first place prize in botany for, “Design of a Novel Wave Reactor for in situ Culturing of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, Phase I: Effect of Wave Mixing.”
  • Chen Tsai, 16, from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, received the top chemistry prize for interesting work on, “Optimizing a Catalyst for Elimination of Carbon Monoxide Exhausted from Gas Water Heater.”
  • Maria Godinez, 16, of San Francisco del Rincon, Guanajuato, Mexico won first place in computer science for, “Deyabu: Reading and Writing Interface for the Blind.”
  • Hannah Wolf, one of the Young Scientist winners, also won the first place award in Earth science.
  • John Moore, who is headed to Stockholm for the Nobels, also won the top prize in engineering.
  • The environmental sciences “Best in Category” went to Erica David, a 16 year old from Pinedale, WY for her project, “Boards and Branches, Year Five: A Continued Multivariable Study of Snow Interception for Water Conservation.”
  • Michael Anthony Viscardi of San Diego, CA, took first prize in mathematics. He is 17 years old, and his project was titled, “The Solution of the Dirichlet Problem with Rational Boundary Data.”
  • Madhavi Gavini, another Young Scientist Award-winner also won top honors in medicine and health.
  • First place for research in the field of microbiology went to Andrew Warren, 16, from Orlando, FL, for his study, “Synthesis of RC-101 Resistant HIV-1: Investigating HIV-1 Methods of Peptide Evasion”
  • The award for best physics project went to Young Scientist Award-winner Meredith MacGregor.
  • Terik Daly’s project titled “Investigating the Chemical Signatures of Meteorite Impacts” won in the space science category. Daly is 16 and hails from San Jose, CA.
  • The zoology award went to Stockholm-bound Yi-Chi Chao.
  • Finally, the team project award went to Mary Douglas and Alison Liu, the pair that also won the European Union Contest trip.

To view the complete list of Grand Award winners, click here.

Originally published May 12, 2006


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